The Professional Gamer - December 22, 2018

Hello, dear readers! We are now only a few days until Christmas, when lots of kids and geeks will suddenly have a lot of new toys. I of course am no different, at least in my expectations. New toys are something that future me will have. Present me, the one writing this post, has to make due with (mostly) old toys. So, what did I end up spending my time on this week? Anime, cartoons, and video games, but I’ll keep the details below the fold.

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The Professional Gamer - October 23, 2017

Hello everyone, and welcome to another week of The Professional Gamer. This week I've mostly been away from home, but I have had an opportunity to keep up with the Fall seasonal anime that I've found interesting so far. Let's talk a bit about that and the little bit of video gaming that I have done this week as well.

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The Professional Gamer - January 30, 2017

Hello readers, and welcome to this weeks installment of The Professional Gamer. It has been a hell of a week, so let's take a break and talk about geeky stuff for a bit. This has been a week where a large portion of my time has been spent following the latest of the outrageous news coming from Washington; but, in order to maintain my own mental health, I did spend some time relaxing. Let's talk about that instead.

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The Professional Gamer - January 23, 2016

Hi Readers! We've certainly had an eventful week. I hope everyone enjoyed the Nintendo Switch demo. We are very excited about Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild  in our house. And, surprisingly, I'd rather have a subtitled version of the game rather than one that has been dubbed in English, at least based on the voice acting performances that were evident in the previews. The Japanese voice actors just put a lot more emotion into their performances.

Other than salivating about some cool new games, I've played some more Fantasy Life. I've even managed to master a couple of the lives in the game. I'm feeling like things are a little bit of a grind currently, but much of that is due to getting further along in the game and having more asked of me in order to advance my character.

In Elite: Dangerous, I'm starting to explore the galaxy, and slowly make my way to the Colonia cluster. My current intermediate destination is the Pipe Nebula. I'm purposely going very slow, plotting an economical route and scanning every feature in each system that I travel through. And, I've decided to start streaming my adventures in the stars on Twitch. I'll post notes when I'm streaming on Twitter so you all can follow my adventures.

That's all for now. Have a great week and game on!

The Professional Gamer - January 2, 2016

Hello and Happy New Year to my fellow geeks! I hope that you have all had a good holiday break and are ready to head back to work, school, or just continuing to laze about the house. I'm heading back to work tomorrow, but that still gives me some precious time in order to play a few more games, read more comics, or watch more anime. What have I been doing for the past few weeks? Lots!

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The Professional Gamer - November 28, 2016

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to all our U.S. readers! I hope you have all enjoyed the holiday. For me, I always enjoy having the extra time to pursue my leisure activities, rather than being trapped in my typical routine. In addition, spending time with my family is always fun.

Yuri!! On Ice continues to be a lot of fun to watch every week when it is released. I don't have much else to discuss about it, but I continue to recommend the show.

In Elite: Dangerous, I have finally managed to purchase an Anaconda, one of the biggest ships available in the game. In fact, the largest that does not require earning rank with either the Empire or the Federation. Now, I'm working up money in order to better equip this vessel and then by some other vessel to play around. 

That's all I've got for now. Have a great week and game on!

The Professional Gamer - November 14, 2016

Hi everyone. I tend not to discuss news or politics on my blog (that's what twitter is for :P) but with the recent results of the U.S. Presidential elections, I do want to take a few moments to discuss more serious matters. I'm deeply troubled by the election of Donald Trump, a man who is uniquely unsuitable to lead a parade of bath toys, let alone a modern nation. To top it off, we have unequivocal proof that a significant portion of the United States would rather side with a racist, homophobic, misogynistic lump of orange play-doh, rather than a somewhat flawed career politician who happens to be a woman. A large portion of the country has said that hating the other is perfectly acceptable. Most of my friends belong to a marginalized group, and their fear is palpable.

If you find this distressing like I do, please make a commitment to leverage whatever degree of privilege that you have to help them. Watch out for threatening behavior in public spaces, volunteer or donate to charities that serve these communities, make art, write articles, or simply let your friends know that you care about them and that you value you them. If we are going to get through the next 2 to 4 years, we need to stand together and support each other.

I think I'll leave that subject there. Shall we talk about video games and anime instead? I think we should. I'm still pushing forward in Elite: Dangerous and getting closer to buying the top tier ship. I did manage to kill a pirate in my Type 9, which mostly came down to a war of attrition. It's amazing what you can do with three beam lasers.

Yuri!! On Ice is still amazing and a pleasure that I look forward to every week. I have to say that the subject matter was especially refreshing.

And that's all that I have for now. Have a great week, stay strong, and game on!

The Professional Gamer - October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween, everyone! I had a week away from home, which gave me little time to play video games or watch anime, but I did end up reading the majority of an interesting book. Many of you may be happy enough to live with one or more cats. If you find yourself in such a situation, I recommend The Trainable Cat by John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis. They've collected some of their experiences with animal behavior and training to some very practical methods to train your cat to cope better with modern living. I'm going to be working with my cat, Calcifer, to help him do better at car trips and taking his medicine.

That's pretty much all that I have this week. I've watched another episode of Yuri!! on Ice and played a little more Elite: Dangerous. I'm also taking advantage of the Pokemon Go! Halloween event and getting as much candy as possible. Have a great week, and game on!