I finally understand the appeal of videogames.
I never really got it. I was very much into the playing with my brothers (as I mentioned in an earlier slice from this year), but beyond that, I never really played a whole lot.
When a new game was released in my favorite franchise (Zelda fans, anyone?) in 2017, I started playing regularly. It was fun, it passed time, but I quickly grew antsy and wanted to do other things. I couldn’t sit for hours at a time and play a single player game. Just not me!
This past Friday, a new Animal Crossing game was released for the Nintendo Switch. I have had this game preordered since the announcement- Animal Crossing is adorable, wholesome, and so much fun! Friday came, and I started to play. This game has an online feature, where you can “invite” other players to come visit your town and interact with you. My best friend and a group of others (my brother, his friends, a few of my cousins and old work friends) all have the game- and we’ve spent the last few days hanging out virtually on our islands together. Social distancing, but also connecting.
I’ve spent an embarrassing amount of time on this game over the last few days- but it hasn’t been alone! I’ve been chatting with people, sharing resources, tips, and exploring this new virtual landscape with some buddies. It’s made me laugh and focus on something other than the stress happening in the world. I haven’t been obsessively on my phone looking at the news since this game came out. It has given me a nice reprieve from the onslaught of bad out there.
If you have a switch and want to play, my friend code is : SW-2864-3919-4191. My fruit is cherries 🙂 Let’s connect!