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No Blog Today.

No blog tonight guys. I worked until 11:40 and now I’m sitting in Taco Bells parking lot trying to get dinner haha. Probably will be working late tomorrow but I’ll try to have an actual post tomorrow.

Either way, it’s good to write regardless of what it is to stay in a groove.

So anyway, thanks for reading and have a great night.

I Could Be A Minimalist- The Hobby of Collecting and The Burden of Consumerism.

I have been a prisoner of consumerism for years now like most of us. As someone who went to school for business and sustainability, I am well aware of this problem. I knew a day would come when I would care a little less about consumerism. As days go on, I get closer to that goal. The big reason is because I plan to move. I don’t want more clutter. I don’t want to blow my whole paycheck on comic books and video games. Another reason I am getting closer to being over the addiction of retail therapy is because I have started investing. (Currently, I have $1,600 invested since around January.).

I was okay with consumerism for about 4 years because it was new to me. It started with buying Elemental Hero Yugioh cards to build decks I wanted to as a kid. Than I moved in with my mom and found my N64 games and wanted to start collecting N64 games. Than Jessica took me to her brother’s comic book store and that awoken the trifecta. I was obsessed with card games, video games and comic books. And over a 3-5 year run, I built a collection I was truly happy with. When I pop in my copy of Pokemon Stadium 2, or when I see my Daredevil #2 on my shelf, or when I duel my wife in a card game, I am truly happy with where my collection is. The problem with collecting is that it never ends. Even when you are happy with where you are. Even when you complete your original goals. Even when your priorities change in life. I am still looking forward to new comics each week or the holiday games.

What a sexy book!

And yes. My collection is not insane. Though, I have probably hit that point where if I never added another game I could still probably never play every game in my collection. I thought that would be a wake up call but it wasn’t. That’s mostly because collecting and gaming are two different hobbies. The first one makes you excited you scored a new 3D platformer that you will play for the next 15 hours. The other makes you excited you added 20 O.G. Xbox games for a dollar a piece to your collection. So, who cares that there is no way I’ll ever play every Gamecube game I own? Who cares if I have no interest in the sports games I buy? It’s two different hobbies. Each are equally satisfying in my opinion.

Pokémon Stadium 2 | Nintendo 64 | Games | Nintendo
Love this game!

I had an epiphany last week. A month or so ago I bought a copy of Skyward Sword on Switch for $60 dollars. I have played about 2 hours into it (I’m at the first dungeon.). Why haven’t I played more you ask? Because Pokemon Unite, a free to play MOBA, released in the same time window. So I have put countless hours into a Free to Play game and two hours into the game I have paid for. Something is not adding up. And this trend is pretty consistent right now. I have been playing Final Fantasy 15, a game I own, over Gamepass, a service I pay $10 a month for. My phone apps and my computer apps (Hearthstone, MTG Arena, and Bloon Tower Defense 6) are all free to play at this point. I’m playing a bunch of free games and not the ones I am putting money into. And with the way the Nintendo Switch is set up, I do not even need a T.V. to play on my Switch. Other apps I use like Pokemon Showdown are also free. Not to mention I am bumming streaming service accounts like HBO Max, Disney and Crunchyroll.

So being a gamer does not even have to be expensive in 2021. There’s my massive collection of backlog games, movies and comics that would keep me busy without having to spend another buck. And in the digital era, I don’t even have to own the clutter. Marvel comics can be bought on an app. Shoenen Jump has an app. Gamepass has hundreds of thousands of games on there for 9.99 a month. So why own this junk?

Because I like it. There’s a lot more to go into such as the fact I actually own my stuff. Digital properties are prone to being censored upon rerelease, being pulled from e-stores at any point, and the fact you do not own the assets. I like being in a house that is composed of my favorite things. Things that remind me of my childhood. Things that make me happy in a world that is generally depressing currently. I look forward to playing, reading and watching these things with my future kids and with my wife, Jessica. Jessica and I have game nights, movie nights and card nights all the time. We enjoy them.

However, space and time are two major things that are hard to get back when they are gone. And money I invest into my collection is money I cannot invest in my retirement. Those three factors heavily encourage me to slow down. Now, in a month I have added 6 Gamecube games to the collection, but I used store credit so my wallet did not feel as burdened by it. I am liking the strategy of using store credit to fund my hobby. I will continue to do that until space becomes a real issue.

So, at the end of the day, I could become a minimalist, but I probably wont until I absolutely have to. I will cut back on spending, definitely. But I still enjoy adding to my collections and chipping away at the goals. However, I am probably done spending hundreds of dollars on collectibles. For now. My money situation and life situation just make it to where it does not make sense. So I am not a prisoner to consumerism anymore. I am just enjoying life and trying to be smarter in all decision making moments. Surely, I will fail at times, but I am always improving.

Life Update August 26th 2021!

Hey guys, life update post here. So much has been going on since my last run of blog posts. Quite honestly, it has mostly been just living life. Nothing major or dramatic. Of course there’s always the stress of saving up money and trying to find our dream house we want to move to. But that hasn’t played a major role in hindering the blog. It certainly has played a role in effecting the Youtube Channel however.

#1 Seeing Friends and Family. Jessica and I know that soon, we wont be able to hang out with people nearly as much as we have been over the summer. As a result, our Tuesday Nights have turned into Game nights with our Co-Workers. Our last two Saturdays have been spent having Game Nights with family. We were going to stream tonight, but my Step Brother is home visiting the family so were all having dinner tonight. He is in the military and right now, if you follow any news outlet, you know that the military and foreign affairs are a sensitive subject to many, including my Stepmom. So tonight, were going to have dinner and just enjoy his company as he might get deployed for the first time in his military career. Of course, nothing is certain, but we want to make the most of tonight.

#2 Crunchyroll has been a pain in the butt. Jessica and I have not been watching a lot of anime because Crunchyroll refuses to load our episodes half the time. This is a big reason we stopped watching Tokyo Revengers even though we loved the first 3 episodes. We’ve switched over to Funimation for the time being. As a result, Random Wednesday is coming back as Random Thursday next week. This is because I’ve started showing off my comic hauls on Wednesdays! Read those here! Anyway, I am excited for it to come back.

#3 I will do a major life update when we move. I haven’t been fully transparent with everything going on in my life, but I will open up more when we move. Trust me, Jessica and I cannot wait to move. However, our last 4 living situations have not been ideal, so we really want to make sure we get this right.

#4 I’ve been gaming in most of my free time. Yes, this is hurting reviews because I’ve been putting so much time into video games when I do have free time. Though, soon enough, I will make time for the bread and butter of the blog here.

So, that’s all I’ll get into now. The blog may seem comic or video game heavy at times in the coming weeks. That is mostly because animes and mangas have not been working out for me lately. But if you enjoy the content you’ve read. Make sure you follow the blog!

Thanks for reading. Have a great day.

Friendly Game Night!Playing Nemesis with Co-Workers!

Tonight will be my work’s first board game night. My Wife, two co-Workers and myself are staying over tonight to play the game board game Nemesis.

Maybe tomorrow’s post can be about the game itself? Anyway, were about to start so itll be a short post tonight. Have a great night and thanks for reading!

Spent Today Cataloging My Video Game Collection

Hey guys. I should have been a little more productive today then I was. However, I took the time to catalogue my Wii U, N64 and Gamecube collection. Next week I plan to maybe, hopefully tackle OG Xbox, 360 and Wii games.

My Wii U collection says 161 out of 165. However, I have a little different system than most, so in my list there’s only about 163. I am not sure what the exact differences are. I know I only count Bayonetta 2 as the only release. It had an original printing with Bayonetta 1 included and a second print run without the original included. I also include New Super Mario Bros, New Super Luigi Bros, and the 2 and 1 bundle as one game. Others include all 3 as separate releases (in their defense, they are all separate). I’m missing Devil’s Third and Just Dance 2019.

My Gamecube collection clocks in at 108 after a last minute impulse buy of Zoocube. Jessica said I should own the last game alphabetically speaking on the gamecube. Some of the highlights include Skies of Arcadia loose, both Pokemon Colosseum games, all the Mario Party games, and the Zelda collection including Zelda 1, Zelda 2, Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask.

My N64 collection only has 62 games. I thought for sure I had already broken 70, but alas, not yet. Some of the highlights include Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Bomberman 2nd Attack, Silicon Station Space Valley (yes, I know this is wrong. It’s actually Space Station Silicon Valley but I can never say nor type it right.).

Despite being almost done with the Wii U and the N64 containing most of my childhood games, Gamecube is my collection I am most fond of. It is such a great console!

N64 and Gamecube games.

Not a very flattering photo, but Jessica took this picture of the N64 games and Gamecubes stacked how she did.

Anyway, I don’t know how many of the regular readers are into retro games or video game collecting, but here’s just a small look into the collection! Thank you guys for reading!

As always have a great day!

Coming Back

The last post I made was about our cat, Elizabeth’s vet visit. She is fine now. At that time, we were stressing out about keeping an eye out on her. Our AC unit broke, our hot water unit messed up and we were planning our honey moon. And to make things even worse, Crunchyroll stopped playing anime. We had watched the first 3 episodes of Tokyo Revengers and than boom… Crunchyroll stopped loading anime.

With all that said, our AC unit is fixed, our water heater is fixed, Elizabeth is fine and Crunchyroll is working again. We would like to make another comeback.

I know we were doing daily post for a while and you may think we got burned out. Well, due to our broke AC unit, we literally burned out. But, metaphors aside, we have just been sorting out things in our life. Personally, I really want to get back into the swing of blogging and keep any momentum going forward.

With that in mind, I have been making a lot of video game related videos over on my Youtube channel. Be sure to check those out as I’ve been talking about the Zelda 35th Anniversary and how to make collecting fun and affordable for example.

Anywho, thank you guys for reading and sticking with me. Again, not promising daily post, but I am going to try and get some regularity going back on the blog!

Elizabeth’s vet appointment

This is going to be a short post. My usual readers may be confused why this is on the blog. I like to do life post so I can always go back and read these later, like virtual journals.

I’m not going into detail on this post because a lot is unknown still. Our cat is staying over night at the vet because she refuses to pee. They need her pee to know for sure what’s wrong with her. Long story short, she hasn’t used the bathroom in 48 hours (only little spots of pee here and there.). Jessica and I have spent the last 5 hours in a town 30 minutes away just fo be told they’re keeping her over night. It’s not their fault so were not mad. But were finally going home where we have to be back at the vet at 7am.

It’s just a little awkward with our schedule, but that’s our baby.

Anywho, I had a different post planned for today but that can wait for the weekend. Thank you guys for reading and have a great day.

Streams Are Coming Back!

Hey guys. Thursday Night streams are making a come back! If you arent following our YouTube channel you’re missing out. Normally on Thursday nights we stream A Hat in Time content. We are planning on streaming random stuff over on Twitch so make sure you follow both the Dahubbz YouTube channel and Twich channel. Feel free to recommend solo games or Co-OP games. I dont usually play online multiplayer games though.

Anyway, if you ever make it to a stream, be sure to be apart of the chat.

Thank you guys and have a great night!

Why We’ve Mostly Been Watching the anime Case Closed

Case Closed was one of my favorite animes growing up. When Jessica and I got together in 2014, it didn’t take me long to introduce her to anime. First I showed her Naruto and One Piece. However, after I went to an F.Y.E. down in Panama City over a summer vacation with a friend I managed to pick up season 1, 2, 3, and 5 of the anime. Jessica and I began watching the first 50 or 60 episodes of the show. Eventually we fell off as we tried to expand out taste in anime. We started to watch some of the latest animes that were coming out and some of the hotter choices. As a result we fell behind on some long, ongoing series. Case Closed was a causality of new animes coming out like Assassination Classroom, Parasyte, Attack on Titan and so on. I don’t regret that. As a result, I had more animes to talk about here on the blog. My taste grew as I searched more than just childhood and newer Shonens. Well, we’ve been eyeballing Case Closed for a while as the latest 300 episodes or so are on Crunchyroll. Something we noticed was it was super close to 1,000 episodes. We tried to binge watch 300 episodes in a few weeks that way we could watch the premier of episode 1,000. We failed. We were watching 4, and sometimes more, episodes a night sacrificing time to do other things like stream, play games and clean smaller things around the house. Eventually it became too much and we missed the premier. Finally, we broke down and looked up a filler guide and skipped the filler episodes for now. Within no time, we surged past episode 1,000. Are we current, kinda. We’ve skipped a lot of filler and Crunchyroll is missing over half the anime, but we are watching new episodes as they premier now.

When Will Detective Conan (Case Closed) End? | Fiction Horizon

Since this became our goal, we fell off watching newer animes. I’ve started to remedy this by watching the latest seasons of anime such as Odd Taxi, To Your Eternity, Tokyo Revengers, and Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro. You guys will see in a future post why balancing getting caught up on old anime while trying to stay current with new anime is a tough hobby. Either way, there you go. When I made my post about Case Closed a little while ago, I wasn’t watching new animes. As such, there were no new anime reviews coming to blog. I’m trying to get better at that aspect and I think I am. Here’s to staying on top of it.

Best 5 Episodes of Detective Conan - 2021 Edition - Hi Boox

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Should You Blog Every Day? Quality vs Quantity?

This is a question I ask myself often. I normally am reviewing anime and mangas and talking about video games. I do some top fives and other random stuff too. So that’s a run down of what I do here. I’ve attempted daily blogging before. My longest streak was about 40ish days. Outside of random streaks, I’m lucky to blog a few times a week. Sometimes I can go months without blogging. Today, let’s dive into the pros and cons of daily blogging.

Full disclosure: I don’t have the answer to this question. By the end of this post, I still probably won’t know. However, maybe we will have a better understanding or maybe you’ll gleam something useful from this.

About PROS
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Pro: The biggest pro is honing your craft. There’s some caveats here though. You have to be challenging yourself to get better. Often this is why I quit daily blogging. I’m no longer challenging myself. However, if you take the time to get better at it, it becomes more rewarding. You will grow your reader base and get more interaction. For some people, they are natural born writers and story tellers. Others will have to strain to get better. Some will be in the middle. That’s okay. But like any thing you want to get good at, you’re going to have to practice.

The next pro should be that it is fun. Regardless of if you are good or bad, improving or stagnate, getting views from strangers or your cat’s alt account, blogging should be fun. If you are enjoying it, then I say keep going but be mindful of burnout.

Another potential positive is turning a hobby into a side hustle. Honestly, I cannot speak from experience, but many people make money on the side by blogging. If you are informative or entertaining you can market yourself as such. I can’t give any real pointers here except stand out or perfect your role.

Trello Pros and Cons - With 3 Trello Alternatives
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Cons: The biggest con in my opinion is burnout. If you are unfamiliar, this just means it stops being fun. You no longer look forward to being a blogger. I can’t say this exactly happens to me, but it is something close to it. Nevertheless, burnout can be felt in any hobby, job or most things humans do. You’ll need to take a break, approach it from a different angle, or try a different activity for a bit in order to get a new found appreciation or outlook on blogging.

What happens to me more so, is just not having time. My blogs, when done properly, are time consuming. Here I am waiting until 10pm to write this post. If I want to get it out by 11:59pm tonight, I’m probably going to compromise something such as typing accuracy or proper wording so I’m understood. When you do not give yourself time to proof read or add nice touches to paragraphs you can have grammatical errors, sound confusing, or just write something that is unimpressive or boring. Within my 24 hours I try to hit 10,000 steps, workout, upload videos to 2 Youtube channels and the blog. consume something useful for either the channels or the blog (such as watch anime to review the next day.), work, and enjoy my actual life. Sometimes quality just dips because we are being pulled in a million directions. It happens.

Another thing to consider is running out of ideas. It may sound crazy with how spontanous and random life can be, but sometimes you run out of things to blog or film or talk about. Those days it is really up to you to go seize life. This is more of a problem with my Youtube channel than my blog, but it is something to keep in mind.

So there’s 3 Pros and 3 Cons for blogging everyday. On one hand, you can improve your skills, have a blast and maybe even make some money. On the other hand, you could get burned out, lose track of time or compromise other aspects of your life, or just flat out run out of things to blog about.

I highly recommend you consider all these aspects and how you can make the good outweigh the bad. If people leave suggestions for more pros and cons, or I think of some, I may do a follow up. For those curious, this should make day 5 of my new daily streak and something like 8 out of the last 9. I’m going strong with still plenty to talk about but time crunch and management is a real weakness of mine. I’m off tomorrow. Hopefully I can write a few post to get ahead of the game.

Anyway, as always thanks for reading. If this is your first time here, consider reading some of my other works.

My anime reviews: https://dahubbz.com/category/anime-review/

My manga reviews: https://dahubbz.com/category/manga-monday/

My Top 5: https://dahubbz.com/category/top-five/

My thoughts on Video Games: https://dahubbz.com/category/video-game/