Nintendo Switch Lite and Other Game Stuff

So Nintendo announced and showed the Switch Lite, which will be released September 20th, 2019.  I own the main system but will probably get a Lite as well.  They come in 3 different colors, yellow, grey, and turquoise.  There’s also an exclusive Pokemon Sword and Shield version coming out.  These are basically a trimmed down version of the Switch for a cheaper price, $200.  It’s more portable and sleeker so easy to use on the go.  Also, it doesn’t have the ability to be docked or connected/played on the TV.  It’s handheld only, which I think is actually nice.  Of course, having that ability on the main switch is awesome but there are many people who prefer to game solely in handheld mode.  I tend to mainly use mine in handhold.  It’s a great option for people wanting to play on the Switch but can’t afford or don’t want to pay the $300 for the  main system.

I’m still playing Animal Crossing New Leaf and trying to finish paying off my home loan, it’s taking quite awhile.  I legitimately just found out you can stack fruit into baskets and I’ve been playing the game for around 2 years!  How I missed that is beyond me.  I was so happy to find out because I like selling fruit since there’s a lot in my town but it was tedious the way I was doing it before.

Also continuing playing Yonder : The Cloud Catcher Chronicles, at 39% completion so far. It’s so much fun to explore and is a great game, it deserves more recognition.

Going through Pokemon Let’s Go and making sure I beat all the coach trainers, and worming on beating all the master trainers.  So far I’ve just got the title of Pikachu Master. Still need to catch Mewtwo in Cerulean Cave. Oh yeah, I bought the crown accessory for my Pikachu .  $999,999 Pokedollars and completely unnecessary but why not! lol

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I’m getting a mouse for my laptop.  I got 2 games for my PC recently (Assassins Creed: Unity and The Sims 4) and know nothing about gaming on a computer, the controls are completely unfamiliar to me.  I think having a mouse will make things quite a bit easier.

There are so many great games coming out within the next year and I’m excited play them and for my collection to grow.

Thanks for reading!

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Animal Crossing, What it’s About and Why I Love It

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Animal Crossing is one of my favorite game series. I love it because it’s charming, relaxing, laid back, and can be played endlessly as there’s really no beginning or end/complex story line, which may sound unappealing to some but I find it to be wonderful and freeing, giving players the ability really make the town their own.

I had never played an Animal Crossing game until I bought New Leaf, and instantly fell in love.  It’s a series that began all the way back in 2001.  Somehow, I never heard much about it, probably because I wasn’t seriously into gaming aside from the Pokemon titles until a couple years ago.  In AC New Leaf, you become the mayor of a town full of Animal characters.  As the mayor, you have many duties such as keeping up with maintaining the environment (pulling weeds, watering/planting flowers, disposing of any garbage found), doing tasks requested by the villagers which may include things like getting them a certain type of fruit, fish, bug, or piece of furniture.  You also get to do public works projects which are different features you can fund to be put into your town like water fountains, bridges, windmills, and many others.  Another responsibility as mayor is enacting town ordinances.

As the mayor you get to have your own house and expand it by paying off home loans from a character named Tom Nook.  To do this you can sell fruit, fish, sea shells, fossils, and any items you acquire throughout the game.  That’s another amazing aspect, there are SO many different items, wallpapers/flooring and furniture that can be used to decorate one’s home.  Another task is bringing fish, fossils, bugs, and pieces of art to the town museum run by an owl named Blathers.

There’s endless possibilities to make the town and your home into whatever theme or style you want.  It’s the most laid back game I’ve ever played, and the music is very relaxing.  I often find myself playing to relieve anxiety and stress, which from what I’ve read many others experience mental health benefits from playing.

After falling in love with New Leaf I discovered there was another AC available for the DS previously released called Wild World.  I’ve been playing around with that one and it’s a lot of fun as well.  The new AC game (titled New Horizons) for the Nintendo Switch was announced last week at E3. It’s not being released until March 20th, 2020 but I believe it’s definitely worth the wait.  The trailer/gameplay looks wonderful and I’m looking forward to playing when it’s released.  It happens to be coming out on International Happiness Day, not sure if that was intended or not but it certainly fits as Animal Crossing brings happiness to many. 🙂

What am I Playing?

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On my Nintendo Switch I’m playing Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles.  This is a fun, relaxing game with beautiful graphics.  It’s been described by some people as being kinda like a cross between Zelda and Stardew Valley, and in my opinion that is a fantastic combo!

On my Xbox 360 I’m playing Smackdown Vs Raw 2009.  I don’t have an Xbox One yet, I plan on getting one, but I only just recently (One year ago) received the 360 as a gift from my brother in-law since he upgraded to the Xbox One.  Prior to that I had never had any consoles by Microsoft, I mainly had Nintendo systems.  I always loved the Smackdown Vs. Raw games, I used to be a huge wrestling fan, it started with a crush on John Cena over 10 years ago haha but I eventually really got into it.  I remember playing one on my PS2 and loving it so much, I really enjoy the character creation thing, I love making really bizarre characters 🙂  It’s very nostalgic for me.  The main reason I got the 2009 version (I’m aware there’s much more recent versions) is because I know all the wrestlers from then, I’m not familiar with any of the newer ones.

Of course, I’m still constantly playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf on my Nintendo 3DS. It’s so relaxing, and I’ve had the game for over 5 years but I’m just this past year getting into it since I’ve discovered all the things you can do.  I’m still paying off my home loan from Tom Nook, it seems like it’s taking forever!  But it’s a lot of fun.  My town is called Mapleton, it has a long way to go. I’m really hoping for news on AC for the Switch tomorrow. Either way I have lots to do in New Leaf for now.

Here is my backlog of games, there’s 17 of them I own that I’m wanting to play within the next year or so.  I have many other games but these are on my priority list.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The Sims 4

The Sims 3

LEGO The Hobbit

LEGO The Lord of the Rings

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

Alan Wake

Minecraft

LEGO Harry Potter (Years 1-4 and 5-7)

Grand Theft Auto IV

Fantasy Life

LEGO The Incredibles

Call of Dury 2

Skyrim

Red Dead Redemption (The first one)

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It’s Raining in My Apartment

My ceiling is dripping, it has been almost all day for the past several days.  Maintenance is supposed to find out what the problem is on Monday.  This was a huge issue like 2 years ago, I had to have half my ceiling replaced.  Now it’s happening again.  It’s driving me crazy.  I just want this resolved as soon and as fast as possible.  I hate having a bunch of people in my apartment doing work.  Especially with my 2 cats here, they get scared of people they don’t know and hide.

I’ve been playing Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles for the Nintendo Switch and OMG it’s amazing!  The graphics are stunning, and the gameplay fun and relaxing.  I’m just 16% complete so far and am in no hurry to finish, exploring the island of Gemea is so much fun.

I’m anxiously awaiting and hoping for information on the new Animal Crossing game for the Switch at E3!

Here’s a few screenshots of Yonder:

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Anxiety and Productivity

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The picture has nothing to do with the post, it’s just a pic I took at a fair a long time ago of a Ferris wheel 🙂

Hello! I figured out something that helps me stick to doing the things I need to do and or want to do during the day.  Writing them down in my journal.  I used to just list stuff on one of my phone apps but I find for this particular problem writing them down physically is very helpful.  It holds me accountable in a way because I’ll look back in my journal and realize if I’ve been slacking or not and it helps keep me motivated.  Sometimes days just get a way from me and a lot of time is spent thinking about things I need or want to do but never actually getting anything done.  I tend to be much more productive this way.

I’ve been dealing with a lot of agitation and anxiety lately.  Not really sure why, but it’s been hard to deal with.  This seems to happen a lot in the spring/summer months for me.  Might also be from having significantly less caffeine lately. Last night was very rough and I was having some very negative thoughts.  I ended up putting on my electric candle melter (scentsy) and reading a few stories out of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Miracles.  I had a cup of chamomile tea also. After that I played Stardew Valley for awhile, which is extremely relaxing by the way!

I’m hoping I can become more productive over the summer.  Just getting basic things done is a good starting point. I have a habit of putting things off for way too long due to anticipatory anxiety.  I get apprehensive about almost everything, haven’t dealt with that for a long time.  For several years I was on top of my game but anxiety has been taking over the past few months. I’m also working on improving my ability to concentrate by reading for longer periods of time, and not letting myself check my phone or anything.  I started using the productivity app Habitica, it’s kind of like an RPG style way to track your habits, you level up with certain amounts of points and can get stuff for your avatar with the coins you earn, it’s really a lot of fun!

Does anyone else have any other productivity tips or ways to develop good habits?

Thanks for reading!