The Nintendo Switch Lets You Take Minecraft Wherever You Go

The Nintendo Switch Lets You Take Minecraft Wherever You Go

Game on the go.

With the recent release of "Minecraft" on the Nintendo Switch the latest console edition of the seemingly endless survival/creativity game has found a new home on Nintendo’s bizarre hybrid console. While the PC version is still the absolute best way to experience "Minecraft" (after all it is a game suited perfectly for the mouse and keyboard) the Nintendo Switch is now a close second in terms of my preferred method of play. The Switch edition doesn’t change much from the other console releases of the game, but rather it is the Switch itself that really adds to the game and its many worlds.

In essence "Minecraft" on the Nintendo Switch is the same game that has been released on the X-Box 360, X-Box One, PlayStation 4, and even the PlayStation Vita. The control scheme is similar, if not identical, to the previous console releases, and graphically it is a smooth, clean experience (though the options are far more limited than the PC version). In terms of pure horsepower the game worlds are limited to Medium rather than Large, but this is still a substantial world size. The render distance is about ten chunks (a unit of distance measurement in the game world) when docked with the television, but that bumps down to about seven when it is in handheld mode. This is still a far cry above the PlayStation Vita’s meager draw distance and world sizes, but still lies beneath the power of the PS4 and X-Box One. Even though it sits between these two graphical power levels it is a gorgeous, smooth experience.

The real joy of "Minecraft" on the Switch, much like with the other releases on the console, is the versatility and ease of use. Before if you wanted to take it on the go you’d have to have a Vita in order to play a slightly downgraded version, or a cellphone where you’d have to settle for an extremely bare-bones, barely playable mess of a mobile game. The simple joy of playing with a controller on the television, switching (excuse the pun, it’s unavoidable at times) to handheld mode, and then being able to prop up the console on a kickstand and separate the Joy-Cons leads to the most versatile and comfortable non-PC edition of the game yet.

For context it had been almost a year since the last time I played "Minecraft" on any system, so I was mildly skeptical of spending my money on yet another release of the game. Yet once it was downloaded I found myself sequestered to a corner of my room, bouncing between having my switch in hand, docked, and propped, building to my heart’s desire. I hadn’t had this much fun with the game in a long time. Maybe it was just my extended hiatus from "Minecraft" fueling my seemingly addicted play session at first, but even when I came back to it later in the day I found myself obsessively building and exploring. Aside from my laptop the Nintendo Switch edition has quickly become my preferred way to play.

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Why Sims 4 Is Better Than Therapy

No mom, I'm not wasting my time. I'm planning my life.

If you've ever felt like you've lost control of your life, you can fix that problem for a low fee of $20, by investing in one of my favorite casual games: The Sims 4. Starting off as a simple simulation game, this platform has evolved into a place where people can create unique storylines and almost lead second lives. Because it allows players to control an entire town of people, regulating everything from emotions to hobbies to professions, most people find satisfaction in knowing that every single one of those pixelated humans' lives are in their hands.

When I started playing the Sims, I created a young adult with my likeness, and used my starter budget to buy a small plot of land where I built my first house from scratch- an accomplishment that sent my Sim into debt, ultimately killing her ability to find a partner, which left her living in the local park and eating hot dogs until she died from an overdose of soda. (See, unhealthy sugars CAN kill you).

My second try was more successful- I created an overweight man (it would take longer for him to die of starvation) who was a bit of a nerd, but still charismatic. Long story short, Benson Olson lived a long and peaceful life, ultimately succumbing to old age. From that moment on, I knew I how to maneuver the game properly- and the rewards were so satisfying.

I was able to decide fates, but the game forced me to stay organized. Fathering too many children or going to work too often was often a cause of stress for my Sims, so I learned how to balance their needs while still having fun. The level of patience it takes to play the Sims is crazy- relationships take time to build and sometimes they don't work out too well.

That's where cheats come in handy. The developers of the SIms 4 actually encourage users to use cheats, giving users the ability Sims millionaires in less than a minute, or to force relationships between NPCs, no matter how compatible they may be.

I've often found that naming Sims after people in my life, then making their lives hell has been another benefit of the game- you can totally mess with them by starting a fire in their house, or tipping over trashcans until you're banished. Some of my friends have even requested to become part of my households- in the form of pets, because they're too scared to be 'humans' in my unpredictable Sim worlds.

Overall, the Sims 4 may seem like a timewaster, but the way this game stretches the creative bubble is both beneficial and therapeutic.




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Apple Music Versus Spotify

Which music app reigns supreme?

I recently went through an internal struggle; wanting to stay loyal to apple music with the draw of Spotify including Hulu in their package slowly pulling me in. I had to go based off of my friends' recommendations of both music streaming apps, although they tended to be a bit biased. It was time I tested both for myself and finally settled on the best one. Both get the job done, but there are surely pros and cons for each.

Music Variety

When it comes to this category, Spotify reigns supreme. The app features a lot more remixes than Apple Music does, and I feel as though I’m exposed to tons of new music. Of course this category isn’t terribly important, as you could download any song from the internet and upload it to either app.

Storage

Every iPhone comes with iTunes, so why download another app for music when you’re trying to save space? This was one of the issues I had with Spotify in the first place, it required me to download the app on my phone as well as the program on my computer. My mac already comes with iTunes, but I guess this isn’t such a problem for Android and PC users.

Packages

Spotify definitely wins this round, a normal membership now comes with access to a basic Hulu account! If you’re a student, this means only $5 a month for both services! It’s basically a dream come true.

Shuffle

Random, but this is something that I have noticed as a difference between Spotify and Apple Music. Spotify’s shuffle is significantly less shuffled than Apple Music’s. I find that when I press shuffle on Spotify I constantly hear songs by the same artist a bunch of times in a row, while I never encounter this problem with Apple.

Organization

Apple Music is more organized than Spotify is. On Apple Music, I can choose to arrange my playlists, however, I like based on artist, date added, or even song title. I can do this on Spotify too, but only from my computer. On the app, my music is always organized by date added, which is not my first choice. It’s a small problem, but one I definitely took notice of.

Discover Weekly

One of the great things about Spotify is the personalized playlists it makes every week- and they’re pretty good! Apple Music doesn’t really have anything similar to this, which is a shame and a half.

Radio

Both of these apps have their own version of “radio” services, where you can create a radio station based off of a song, artist, or album. Spotify seems to always been spouting out new songs by the hundreds, even if you’re not sure how some of them made it on the radio playlist. Apple Music seems to play the same few songs on repeat, and keep them the same for everyone. So both apps have their downsides here, but Spotify definitely shows more diversity and gives more songs chances to shine.

My honest opinion: you can’t go wrong with either of these apps. Both have high-quality music with almost unlimited options that are easy to use. I personally use Spotify, but it was mostly because of the Hulu promotion (definitely worth it by the way). I’ve tried both, used both for a few months, and this is my consensus. No matter what you use, happy listening!

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