Owning a few casual video games, the kind you can go back to when the mood strikes you, are great for those days when you feel like playing a game that doesn’t require more than an hour of your time. It doesn’t involve full concentration and there aren’t any levels or boss fights you need to complete. Games like Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Nintendogs are the type of games where the only tasks you have to do is either keep your town in order or your pet well-groomed and fed. These games are seemingly easy to play, but it does come with its own set of problems.
Usually when we choose to purchase a video game, we tend to make our choices based on reviews, gameplay, graphics, and story. What often gets overlooked is the time and detail artists take to make the environment you’re playing in truly spectacular.
As an adult with jobs, lives, and responsibilities outside of our geeky hobbies, time can be our enemy. Being an adult gamer requires mastering the skill of time management. We have more concerns we have to deal with in our daily lives, but carving out at least 20 minutes or an hour of time to play a game is possible. The only time playing a video game where time can be an issue is when you want to replay a game you’ve already finished.
If anyone has followed my writing at all, be it on my blog, this blog, or United We Game, then you may have heard how I’m not like other gamers. I don’t have a ton of nostalgia for owning classic systems or playing all the games that have been groundbreaking for the video games industry. My gaming memories are filled with watching relatives or friends play, or dabbling in console gaming for an hour, while I attended an after school program when I was in grade school. As an adult who is building her gaming memories now with the current generation of games, I have the chance to experience some of the games I missed out on as a kid or teen. One of those games is Pokemon.
It usually takes one or two idiots to take a good thing and somehow ruin or abuse it for the rest of the world. A few weeks ago when I was hanging out with a good friend of mine and his girlfriend (all of us 3DS owners) he informed us about Nintendo deciding to disable the SpotPass feature on Swapnote.