My Thoughts On The Nintendo Switch

My Thoughts On The Nintendo Switch

Or as I like to call it, the story of how Nintendo owns my wallet.
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This past Thursday on January 12th, Nintendo had a Nintendo Direct to showcase their new gaming console, the Nintendo Switch. The release date for the system is set for March 3rd, 2017, and there is a lot of excitement in the air. Word of this console was released late 2016 and ever since, many people have been anticipating what is to be released on the new console and how exactly it will work. I have personally been really excited since the initial announcement of the system, but I still had my doubts. There were questions lingering around my head such as, what's going to happen to the Wii U? If the Nintendo Switch is also portable, then what about the Nintendo 3DS systems? Will my digitally purchased games on the Wii U transfer over to the Switch? But most importantly, what's going to convince me to literally switch over to the Switch?

Let's go over the basics first and see where the answers lie for these questions. The Nintendo Switch is Nintendo's new console that, like the Wii U, is connected to TV's, thus making it what I like to call a "living room console." Also like the Wii U, the Switch will include a tablet that acts as both a screen and a remote controller to play the video games for the system. With all this being said, at this point, the Wii U is being discontinued and will no longer be available to purchase as new consoles in stores. This is slightly disappointing, but not as much as I thought considering the Wii U didn't really have that much attention, to begin with. There is a decent selection of games to purchase for the Wii U, however, I feel like the focus on the console and its games were never as high as the focus on a system like the 3DS. As an owner of the Wii U, quite frankly I find myself being able to enjoy this system properly when I have friends over playing with me for games like Mario Kart 8 or Super Smash Bros. Still, there's something a little off about the Wii U. Maybe it's the bulkiness or the lack in advertising towards the Wii U in recent days, but regardless I have a feeling the Switch will have much more attention.

Now, the big key difference between the Wii U and the Switch is that the Switch has the capability to be played portably with just the tablet. This allows for players to play locally with their friends, like you would with a 3DS. I was worried for a while that this would distinguish the whole purpose and aspect of the Nintendo 3DS because it's already a lightweight portable system designed for the purpose of simply being portable, but that's not the case considering the 3DS has a line of its own games unique to that console whereas the Switch has the capacity to run different games in ways the 3DS can't. I find this incredibly unique because it brings the whole aspect of local LAN parties back into action, one that I experienced quite frequently playing games on my old Gameboy SP as a child. The Switch is also a perfect size for portability and will definitely be something that can be easily carried around. I can still enjoy the games on my 3DS while enjoying the portability of the Switch and that gives me a little bit of reassurance.

The only thing I found rather disappointing was the whole aspect of games from the Wii U NOT being transferred over to the new system. Out of all the games I own for the Wii U, I only have one physical copy and everything else is digitally purchased and downloaded. Some games I don't really care about transferring over, but there are others that I love and won't be able to transfer over to the new system. I guess the bigger question for this topic for this should be, will people trade in their Wii U's then if most of their games are digitally purchased? To each their own I suppose, but I definitely will be keeping my system because I don't want to get rid of these games that fast. The only downside to this how I won't get the benefit of getting some money out of this system to help pay for the new one. What's the difference, though? Nintendo already has most of my money.

Well, what's the use of getting a new console if there aren't any games released yet? Or rather, what's the point of getting a console if I don't know what games will be on released on the Switch? Well, after Nintendo's Direct the other day, I'm extremely excited and looking forward to so much. There are so many great games coming to the Switch and already I can tell how much care and attention Nintendo is putting to this new system. For example, on launch day on March 3rd, along with the Nintendo Switch being released, the new Legend of Zelda game, titled "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild," will make its appearance. Not only that but throughout this year and especially in the summer, many new games will be released and it's definitely something I'm keeping my eye out for. Other games being released include titles such as "Splatoon 2," "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe," "Arms," "Xenoblade 2," "Fire Emblem Warriors," and many others to be released!

Needless to say, during this whole thing with the Nintendo Direct and the Switch, my questions have been answered. I genuinely feel as if Nintendo is taking a step in the right direction and I can't wait to see the future development for this company. Nintendo has been a part of my life since I was practically born and I'm happy to see it striving even now that I'm older.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Sorry, Bella Thorne, But Whoopi Goldberg Has A Point

Nude photos leaked, a scandal on the rise

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It all started with nude photos. Bella Thorne decided to release photos of herself naked after revealing that someone had hacked her things and was threatening to post them. She took it upon herself and said "It's MY DECISION NOW U DON'T GET TO TAKE YET ANOTHER THING FROM ME. I can sleep tonight better, knowing that I took my power back."

Let me make this clear from the very beginning. Bella has taken private, nude photos of herself for a reason we don't know (Probably to send to her boyfriend). She then gets hacked and threatened but decides to show photos anyway of herself naked to show that she has control over the hacker. Phew, I'm already not understand this choice.

Many celebrities and other women have praised her decision to do so, but I'm not one of them, and neither is Whoopi Goldberg from The View. While talking about the situation on the show, she was quoted saying, "Listen, if you're famous, I don't care how old you are, you don't take nude pictures of yourself. When they're hacking you, they're hacking all of your stuff. So, whether it's one picture or a million pictures, once you take that picture, it goes into the cloud, and it's available to any hacker who wants it. If you don't know that in 2019, that this is an issue ... you don't get to do that."

Now correct me if I'm wrong but isn't she making a valid point? Technology now has the ability to do whatever it wants, and hackers can get a hold of anything and everything. Whatever photos you take and send through text or even Snapchat can and will be saved to phones or shared among other people. How many celebrities getting texts, photos, or even calls leaked to the media?

In response to Whoopi, Bella is stating that she should be ashamed of her views, that she is putting the blame on girls for taking photos and is sick and disgusting. Can I make this clear again, she is not shaming you! She is simply saying that people (Not just girls, guys as well) should be smarter with what photos they take, who they send them to and know where they could possibly end up. It's not shaming; it's not a lie; it is the exact truth.

In one of her quotes, Bella says, "So what a girl can't send her boyfriend that she misses photos of her that are sexy? Things he's already seen?". I'm sorry, but I find this sentence very problematic. No one is saying that you can't be sexy for your boyfriend, just be smart about it. Sure, he's seen you naked, sure you've had sex, but the rest of the world hasn't. Just because one person gets the right to see it doesn't mean everyone else does as well. Hackers are out there, they are real, and they are real for celebrities and Hollywood.

Now yet again, Bella is twisting this story into something that it isn't. Now in videos that she has made explaining her view, she suggests that Whoopi is victim-blaming and would say the same thing to someone who survived sexual assault. On Instagram, she said, "So, if I go out to a party drinking and I wanna dance on the dance floor, do I deserve to be raped too?". Now I'm sorry yet again, don't start going on a parade by throwing this into the mix.

You got hacked and someone was going to leak naked photos of you. You decide to leak them yourself because you are not letting a man control your life. Then you compared it to drinking at a party, wanting to dance and asking if you deserved to be raped by doing that? Okay, how are these two even being compared? I'm not going to get too into this but think about it. Taking private photos are risky now with hackers, anyone can get into it without a problem. It's 2019, this has been going on for years. You say a man can't control your life so you release them anyway. A woman being raped at a party where she has no control is different. You chose to take pictures with the risk of them being leaked. A woman does not chose to be raped just because she is dancing at a party. Sorry, there's a difference.

Sorry Bella Thorne, but Whoopi Goldberg is not shaming you, she is not victim blaming. She is simply saying the truth.

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