“I’m going to pick up my Nintendo Switch pre-order after work today.”
“Yeah, I didn’t get a copy of the new Zelda game with it though. So I ordered a copy on Amazon.”
“Yeah, the new Zelda game is supposed to be the best game ever. Or at least that is what people who play games for a living are saying. I’m excited.”
Why is the videogame hobby so much about having the new thing?
I get that hype, limited inventory, and being a part of the console honeymoon conversation are all reasons to buy in early. I get that. But why does so much of gaming feel like a bragging contest? A game of Cold War one-upmanship. Except between fellow gamers instead of The United States and Russia.
Consumerism is a social and economic order and ideology that encourages the acquisition of goods and services in ever-increasing amounts.
Gotta Catch ‘Em All
Even as an adult, I feel pressure to have the latest gadgets. I don’t even want a Switch–I think it’s best to wait awhile–and talking to my co-worker this morning made me feel envious. Hyped even.
And if I feel that way, how does my kid feel when it comes to stuff? How am I supposed to parent in a consumerist culture?
The Nintendo Switch Super Bowl Commercial came out yesterday. Showcasing the new console’s strength, playing games with others. This is Nintendo bringing back the feels from the playground Pokémon games of youth as well as the Wii era. Cooperative play at its finest.
I can’t wait to:
- Wake up and play Zelda in bed. My wife won’t mind…
- Punch my kid in the living room. Virtually, of course.
- Live out my western quick draw fantasies.
- Force neighborhood children to watch me and my son play a two player game of Mario Kart. Seriously, who needs more players crowding up the home TV.
- Discover new/rich friends who each have their own Nintendo Switch.
Will you be making the Switch?
I love the multiplayer emphasis Nintendo is bringing with this new generation. Hoping that things are not limited to just two players though. Also, who is the Switch being marketed at? Adults?