I’ve loved games for as long as I can remember, and I’ve loved collecting things I don’t need for basically the same amount of time. As you can imagine I’ve wound up with a lot of cool gaming stuff around my house over the years, so I decided to share some of that stuff with you guys! Let’s start with…
One thousand twenty-eight hours and thirty-three minutes. That comes out to just shy of 43 days, or almost a month and a half. That’s how much time I spent playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS over the course of about five years. Why did I spend so much time in a single game, much less one that’s reviled as hardly a game at all?
Animal Crossing, for those who may not know, can best be described as a series of life sim games. You play as a young human who moves into a small town full of animal villagers and spend your days fishing, digging up fossils, decorating your house and making friends with your neighbors. There’s no end to the game and no set goals to accomplish. It goes on forever, and it moves along in real time. If you start playing at 3pm, it’s 3pm in your village. It’s designed to be relaxed, easygoing and something that doesn’t demand very much of you.
Animal Crossing is my favorite game series. I’ve played and loved them all ever since the original game hit the GameCube back in 2002. It’s a story for another day, but I owe some of my best friendships and my marriage to Animal Crossing. It’s incredible how much it’s steered my life.…
My daughter is 15 months old now. Things like time and money are at an all-time premium in my life, which is not a situation that lends itself well to playing lots of video games, my pastime of choice before I fell in love with chasing a screaming gremlin around my house so she doesn’t slam her fingers in the kitchen drawer again.
It’s funny how quickly you can adapt to huge life changes like this. Sure, I’m exhausted all the time and broke most of the time but I’ve really come to love and appreciate My New Normal. I don’t really miss all the time I used to spend playing games, which probably sounds crazy, especially if my mom is reading this. What having so little free time and money to spend on games has done has actually gotten me back to a point that I’ve been wanting to get back to for years – really appreciating everything I’m playing.
It’s E3 again, that magical time of year when hype takes over and we’re all kids on Christmas morning. The entire gaming industry gathers in Los Angeles to wow us, amaze us and work us into a frothing fervor as we throw money at our computers, desperate to buy video games that don’t exist yet.
It’s a yearly tradition of mine to take time off from work so I can enjoy all the press conferences and let myself really get lost ~in the moment~ and this year was no exception! With pizza rolls and Code Red in hand I waited with the giddiness of Homer Simpson finding an overturned Duff truck to see what I’m gonna be playing over the next couple of years.
Mario and Rabbids, together at last! Two great tastes even better together, like peanut butter and getting hit by a bus.
Yeah, one of the worst kept gaming secrets of 2017 was finally sorta kinda confirmed when key art and documents for Mario & Rabbids Kingdom Battle for the Nintendo Switch hit the internet last week. Of course, as is tradition, sarcasm and snark were the overwhelming sentiment on Twitter Dot Com.
If I were ever to win the lottery and be Filthy Stinkin’ Rich I’d do a lot of good things with all that lettuce. Buy up medical and student loan debt and tell people they’re off the hook. Donate to charities. Create affordable housing. Stuff like that. But when it comes to selfish things I’d do for myself I already know what my heart’s truest wish is.
I’d get a 100% accurate replica built of Princess Peach’s castle from Super Mario 64.