Thursday, December 30, 2021

Gaming The Metaverse

So we are officially owners of our first VR headset - Oculus Quest 2.

Originally planned for our younger daughter, we found out post-purchase that it is intended for age 13+ & requires a Facebook account.

The immersive experience is mind-blowing, so it became a gift for me this Christmas. It gets intense, so you'll definitely want to ease into it the first few days.

Games like Beat Saber are incredibly addicting, but luckily I'm good after a few quick rounds for a while.

The device starts at $300 for 128GB & you can opt for the 256GB version for another $100.

If you end up getting one, you can also get $30 in credits for games like Beat Saber by purchasing it using this link, or you can always buy from other places like Amazon 

See you in the metaverse :-)

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Holiday VR Gaming Wishlist

The holidays are approaching fast! Since I've enjoyed a lot of gaming over the years & like to plan, I wanted to have my gift wishlist for the holidays planned early this year.

We have been playing the Nintendo Switch more & even bought a year of the $35 family online plan to play old console games (NES, SNES), & new games like Tetris with friends. But lately I've started obsessing to get something new for the holidays.

So VR is nothing new, but is finally becoming more accessible due to a couple of changes:

  • Entry-level - if you ever tried the $20 headset to use your phone in VR, it obviously doesn't compare to the headsets that cost thousands. Luckily we have the Oculus Quest 2 starting at $300 for 128GB
  • Total immersion - running into walls with small spaces has been a problem in the past. But now you have accessories like VR treadmills, & there is a Black Friday special going on now on the Kat Walk C

We plan to get a VR headset for the holidays, but in the meantime I signed up for the Xbox Game Pass for PC. Normally it is $10/mo, but the special right now is a 3mo subscription for $1

This subscription gives you access to hundreds of games like Undertale, Tetris Connected, Overcooked 2, & Doom Eternal. There are also upcoming games like Forza Horizon 5 & Halo Infinite that I plan to try out.

One thing I did realize is the amount of space these games now take up, so I may also look into adding an external hard drive, which luckily can be had for under $100 for a 1 Terabyte (TB) fast solid state drive (SSD)

So what games are you playing lately? Let us know on social

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Best disc golf game ever

My latest hobby is disc golf, & I recently I was able to score an under par (-1) for my best score ever. Even at the recreational level, I would have expected a solid year before this would have happened. I believe much of this has to do with programming my mental state, doing other activities that have calmed my mind, such as paddleboard & playing ukulele. You can check out the score at

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Stop Losing Things with AirTags

Have you ever struggled to find something you just had a minute ago - such as a phone, keys, or other valuables? While learning to master disc golf, our group frequently runs into this issue with our discs. 

I was tempted to invent my own DiscFinder, but then we discovered the Apple AirTags, which are: 

  • Inexpensive individually, or even less for a 4-pack 
  • Water resistant 
  • Trackable via an app / sound
When lost can use NFC from other devices to help find it, including Android 

The battery is also easily replaceable versus other solutions out there. 

This should be perfect for what we need. You can check out the Apple AirTags using this link

What is your favorite product that provides an abundance of value? Let us know in the comments

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Top Gift Purchases This Year

Recently I'm celebrating many things - including receiving my COVID-19 vaccine, my birthday month, growing wealth, & investing in myself.


Just a year ago I did my fastest February 5K race & started a mastermind group based off a book we read together.


Recently for gift purchases I've tried to focus on experiences versus material items, but COVID-19 prevented a lot of in-person events from happening.


At home I thought about building my own arcade cabinet, but got arcade stick that gives a pretty good experience. For piano I finished a summer & winter challenge, & even won a t-shirt.


I've been known to be cheap - see for stories. But there are some purchases that I find value in, so I'll share my top 10 list for the past year here.


My Favorite Gift Purchases:

  1. Books - Kindle e-readers
  2. Media/Books - Echo devices home & car
  3. Sports - Running shoes TSLA
  4. Music - Piano
  5. Media - 4K TV for computer & movies
  6. Media - Outdoor speakers / PA, Portable speaker, & bluetooth headset
  7. Computers - laptop, gaming computer, & iPad
  8. Gaming - Nintendo Switch
  9. Gaming - Arcade stick & other Game controllers
  10. Food & Drink - Wine/Beer


Bonus – I help my family contribute to their Roth IRA accounts. See for more


You can see links to many of the gifts bought below:


  1. Kindle
  2. Echo devices home & car
  3. Running shoes
  4. Piano
  5. 4K TV
  6. Speakers
  7. Computers
  8. Nintendo Switch
  9. Arcade stick Other game controllers
  10. Food & Drink


What are your favorite gift purchases in this past year? Let us know in the comments

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Online Gaming Tournament

 Less than 30 days until our inaugural Labor Day gaming tournament starts!


One of the reasons to pursue FIRE is having more time for fun with family & friends, and online games have become a lot more accessible in recent years. And luckily we're starting the tournament in just a few steps:


  1. Pick a game

Mobile gaming has grown popular, & there are even games you can play for just a few minutes a day - such as turn-based games like Words with Friends (Scrabble) & Chess by Post.


You can start with picking the type of game that can work - such as fast-paced action games like shooter/sports, fighting, strategy, puzzle, & more.


There is an endless selection to choose from, and you can always search online for what is best for eSports. You can even find games coded on platforms like Scratch, & many games are even Free-to-play.


Our tournament will be family-friendly, so we chose Roblox. Roblox is a large platform of different games options where players can easily create their own games like Capture the flag (CTF). You can download it on PC or mobile device.


There are also many other games are out there, & popular ones include Valorant, Rocket League, & Super Smash Bros. And don't forget Minecraft where players can build worlds together, Realtime Strategy (RTS)  games like Starcraft 2 or Warcraft 3, & even Classic Games using a program like Retroarch - allowing you play Nintendo & other old arcade & console systems.


If you are still not sure you can also check out:

Software makers like Epic games which offers to get free games weekly, & others like

Steam, which you can also use to can also connect with other gamers.


  1. Connect & Practice

Keep in mind that some games may work better with specific controls, such as a mouse or gaming pad.


You'll also need a way to find & communicate with each other to talk & chat through something easy to use on all devices. Something simple like Google Hangouts can work.


There are also other options out there to connect to each other, such as Discord if you want to create a server channel to communicate there, or another gaming community like Steam. Skype is another option as well, which uses the same Microsoft account used for Xbox/Minecraft, so you likely have that.


It helps to have a consistent username/account to make it easy to find you. To get ready for the tournament, join us using this Discord invite.


  1. Play to win

Plan ahead what the schedule will be based on how many are in, how they win & advance to the finals. You can also easily record it for Twitch/YouTube or watch others for ideas.


Many tournaments are out there, & some are even free-entry with prizes like UMG Gaming.

And if you are in to classic console/arcade games, the Retro World Series has some great games lined up this summer like Ms Pac Man, Mario Kart 64, & Super Smash Bros.


Save the date for our tournament, which will be Labor Day weekend Sat 9/5 at 1pm EDT.


Enjoy the game, the prizes, & celebration afterwards.


What is your favorite game to play these days? Let us know @AGamerWarrior

Monday, June 15, 2020

Three Secrets to Achieve Goals

So what is the secret with achieving goals? Maybe you've reached some, but if you are like many you make big goals & then give up when it gets out of reach.

 In my younger years I struggled for years with keeping consistent with exercise. Then the TV show Ninja Warrior came along where I trained for 30 days & completed most of the obstacles. The same thing happened with my financial life - for years I lived in fear of picking the wrong investments, but now with the power of FIRE I'm on track to reach financial freedom in 7 years so my daughters can model the behavior.

Let's look at what works:
  1. Fun - Make it a game with rewards along the way. I love trying new craft beer, so for me that is a great incentive along the way to keep me motivated. I also love competition, so  challenging others can also help.
  2. Strong Desire - Having a powerful purpose drives our passion. Having a WHY is critical - the 80% vs. the how 20%. We need an urgency to help motivate us daily, so a shorter time like 30 days is a great time to solidify a habit & get 1% better daily.
  3. System to stay on track - Our brains can tend to make something bigger than it is, so don't let it. Break what you need to do in small steps where you can get into the habit even if it is just for 5min a day, & make sure you are building a Growth mindset so you won't give up.

For more on the secrets above, check out the books Start with Why, Atomic Habits, & Grit.

So get started, now is the time! Give yourself a 30 Day Challenge & get excited while you challenge others to set their goals. If you need some ideas, I'll share what our family is up to:

  • Code a playable video game - this includes designing the characters, story, sound. My daughters have been taking free virtual classes, & are even helping teach me. Along the way we've upgraded our computers & tried out old & new games, so look for an upcoming post on that.

  • Play 30 new songs on piano - I've always loved music in games & movies, but it wasn't until recently that I saw myself wanting to learn piano. Practicing one key at a time has been very helpful, & you can see my previous post of the USB 32-key piano I'm using on my computer.

  • Running a new PR - I used to hate running, but when I started training with runners I learned the tricks of the trade. Just before COVID-19 I had my best time ever. So now I'm not only looking to reach that again, but also look into completing
  • The "Murph Challenge" - by later this year by starting with doing a shorter half-Murph. Look for a future post & a virtual 5K group that we're starting.

  • Read 5 books - this is a perfect time since I'm pursuing certification while helping colleagues adjust to COVID-19 & working remotely. I've also added friends that are avid readers to my Goodreads so my list of books to check out will never run out.
  • Level up the Spanish Language – 5min on a language-learning app is something that can easily be done daily, & making it a game makes it fun.

  • Legacy document - this is crucial when you start building wealth so that your family has a clear path of what to do after your passing. I also want to
  • Challenge others to invest - in their future, even if they are just getting started. If you qualify, you can still contribute to a Roth IRA for the 2019 tax year.

What 30 Day Challenge are you going to tackle, & what reward will you choose? Let us know on Twitter using #30DayChallenge