Time Magazine Recognizes The Nintendo Switch

Time Magazine Recognizes The Nintendo Switch

After 9 months of success, Time Magazine recognizes the Nintendo Switch as a milestone of 2017

Ever since its debut in early March 2017, the Nintendo Switch has been one of the hardest technological devices to get a hold of. This is because it is one of the most innovative gaming consoles’s the gaming industry has ever seen as it is a handheld system that doubles as a home console. As 2017 comes to an end, it is time for Time Magazine to declare the best Technology of the year. It is no surprise to see that Time Magazine has deemed the Nintendo Switch as one of the best gadgets for consumers to buy in 2017. According to Ashley Jenkins from The Know, sales over this year’s Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday help support this nomination.

If we look back at the Nintendo Switches launch, it is obvious as to why the Switch saw so much initial success as it launched with "The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild". "The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild" managed to take control of the gaming industry by itself, which significantly aided the hype surrounding Nintendo’s new hybrid console. So much so that is was close to impossible to get your hands on one. However, it was ultimately the design of the Nintendo Switch hardware that made so attractive to consumers. Nintendo went with a design that, in the right circumstances, let consumers have a never-ending game session. Consumers can be playing in the comfort of their home by using the dock that connects the Switch hardware to their television, connect their joy con controllers to the hardware, and take their gaming experience anywhere. This is ideal in today’s society as many people like to game but are always in and out of their home. As the time goes on Nintendo seems to be doing their best to make sure that the switch keeps up with its far more powerful rivals, the Xbox One and the PlayStation, by including AAA gaming titles such as "Skyrim" and "Doom" in the Switch’s gaming lineup. "Doom", in particular, gave a lot of consumers hope for the Nintendo Switch as it stands as one of the most graphically demanding games to date and there were many people who were skeptical about the power of the Nintendo Switch.

The amount of success the Nintendo Switch has had has proven to the gaming industry that Nintendo is still the powerhouse we have known it to be. Nintendo went from having a bad couple of years following the Wii U to having Switch sales that really put pressure on the competing companies. Considering what it has been able to accomplish in only 9 months, there is no surprise that Time Magazine recognizes the Switch as 2017’s top gadget to have.

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College Life Without A Computer

What it's like to go without a computer.

Hello readers! It has been awhile since I have written an article. The reason? I haven’t had a computer! I know, I know, poor excuse, but hear me out; not having a working computer as a college student and writer is awful.

First off, I couldn’t submit any of my online homework assignments for my various classes. I would then have to explain that to my professors, who never seemed to really believe me, and then I would have to stay late on campus to redo and resubmit my assignments. Worse than that? Walking back to my car in the dark that’s located in a sketchy looking parking deck.

Is it really that bad to not have a computer? I thought about what other students experience without access to internet or a computer at home. Being a college student, you have access to free computer labs, but the downside is, they aren’t open 24hrs. That means, if you have a last-minute paper due and you just got off work at 1A.M. you are screwed. This forces students to stay longer on campus and they must prioritize their time.

The good side of this dilemma? It gives students a more school-oriented mind frame since they must focus on being in the computer labs rather than procrastinating their assignments to do at home. It also gives students more time to be face-to-face with other students instead of spending their free time on their laptops.

So what’s the bottom line? It sucks not having your own laptop. You’re forced to change your schedule to fit with the campus lab times but you’re no longer doing your assignments last minute. Remember, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t have a computer.

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Cell Phones And Our Communication

How Our Obsession With These Devices Has Changed Society

There are almost as many cell phone subscriptions (6.8 billion) as there are people in the world, which is 7 billion. Everyone in our society has experienced the impacts of cell phones and the evolution of them. The evolution of the cell phone, the apps we have on our phones, and how social media impacts mental health and everyday lives all go into how cell phones have forever changed our communication with the world.

Cell phones did not always look like the phones we have today, they have changed drastically throughout the years. The first mobile phone was a Motorola DynaTAC 8000x, released on April 3, 1973. This weighed about 2 pounds, took 10 hours to recharge, and held 30 numbers. It cost $4,000.

Then came the first pocket-sized cell phone, a Nokia 6110, released in December of 1997. This was actually the first phone to have features such as games, calculators, currency converters, and calendars and marketed to the general population. And of course, came the first modern smartphone on June 29, 2007; the iPhone by Apple.

This was the stepping stone into the world of cell phone technology we have today. Today, 77% of Americans own a smartphone, while 92% of 18-29-year-olds own one. Actually, more people have a cell phone than they do a toilet. Shocking right? Modern smartphones have allowed humans to communicate with anyone in the world instantly.

150 years ago it would take the Pony Express 10 days to deliver a letter from Missouri to California. Now, that would take just seconds to send a text message. Texting today has divided people into two groups: iMessage and SMS. Those without iMessage capable devices are sometimes excluded from group chats.

Not only are we able to communicate through text message, but also applications. In May 2017 there were 2,200,000 apps in the app store. Apps have made us all feel the need to constantly broadcast our lives and have a desire for instant gratification, receiving likes or favorites on what we post. We've become obsessed.

Although, many apps do actually have a functional purpose other than social or entertainment including, fitness, transportation, weather, personal finance, entertainment, etc. Apps like these, and most others, make things more efficient and time-saving for us.

Phones have enabled us to communicate with people from all the way across the world. Communication has improved from taking months for a message to travel across the country in seconds to send across the world. With the mobility of cell phones evolving each day we are able to put them away in our pocket and pull them out as needed.

Texting has also definitely changed our communication skills with face to face people. There are many people today that are uncomfortable having face-to-face conversations with others. Granted, certain things are a lot easier to say over a text rather than saying it in person. People feel that since there is a screen separating them and the person on the other side they are able to say things that they wouldn't normally say. Texting has also changed our grammar ie. “text talk” (LOL, IDK, HMU, U, WUT, SMH). Some of these phrases have even been added to the dictionary.

As you can all see cell phones have come from a 2-pound brick to a light as a feather glass device that has created improvements for our lives but also brought negative things to light. I explained just how the physical cell phone has evolved, how it brought apps to our lives and the impacts they have on us, how cell has made texting mainstream communication instead of face to face conversation, as well as the social awkwardness that they have created for our generation.

I hope with this information, you have a better understanding how cell phones have impacted our lives.

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