Let's get straight to the point: I hated the regular Switch, but I love the Switch Lite. Love, love, love it!
And why wouldn't I love it, when it solves nearly every single issue I had with its big sister? The Lite is mercifully lighter than the Regular, boasts longer battery life and better materials that don't gather finger grease and specks of dust, and doesn't heat up during playing sessions. It also sports a most welcome D-Pad and a screen whose size just hits the sweet spot: large enough to offer great immersion and be easy on the eyes, yet small enough to give that intimate, cosy, snuggly feeling I love to get from my handhelds.
And since I mention this... The Switch Lite also nicely takes care of my biggest beef with the Regular, namely that said Regular didn't feel like a portable console. The Lite, on the other hand, is a portable through and through. Not only is it hardly bigger than a Vita, but it boasts the compactness and solidity that are part and parcel of being a handheld. Goodbye drifting and connectivity issues, hello perennity and Switch collecting!
Because indeed, I'm very much going to collect for the Switch Lite. You didn't expect less from me, did you? ^__^ I know I somewhat sniffed at the Switch library two years ago; but that was then, and now my collecting instinct are waking up and dying for some new purchases — not to mention that the Switch library has become much meatier and more interesting in the meantime.
In a nutshell: if you're a handheld aficionado, I totally encourage you to get your paws on the Switch Lite. It's not just a smaller version of the Switch: it's an entirely different console, period. I wouldn't touch a Regular again even if you paid me; but I'll happily secure a couple of extra Lites, thank you very much. Now I'm curious to see if the Regular will remain the preferred option, or if the Lite will simply take over and become the new portable à la mode. Can TV connectivity, motion controls and bigger dimensions fight off what is virtually a perfect handheld? Let's wait and see!
Hello, dear fellow gamers! Hope you had lovely holidays, full of sweet moments with your loved ones and delicious Christmas food. I had all of that myself, along with the most exquisite Christmas gift ever from my beloved sister: a brand-new Switch Lite, complete with Pokemon Sword&Shield and a matching case for good measure! I had to do justice to that perfect choice of her, obviously; and that's how I found myself tackling a Pokemon Sword run a couple of days ago. More on that later!
For now, here are my gaming plans for 2020. As you now, I was crazy busy these last months, which led to my longest blogging hiatus ever; and I'll keep being busy during the next months. Fortunately, I managed to arrange my frantic routine and free a little daily time for gaming and blogging. Hooray! Regarding the latter, I'll probably craft shorter and swifter posts this year, which may actually be a blessing in disguise given how ridiculously verbose I usually am. ^__^
As for gaming itself, the plan is simple: follow my trustworthy gaming instinct wherever it may lead me! I'm done with lofty resolutions such as 'clear all my Vita digital games', which I took last year and didn't even come close to fulfilling. I can also feel my collecting impulses stirring, which will sooner or later lead to a delicious shopping spree. For now, my Switch collection comprises six games: the four you can see on the picture below, plus Octopath Traveler and Labyrinth of Refrain, which I bought with my first Switch and was inspired enough not to sell along said Switch. (More like the buyer wasn't interested in snatching them, but nobody needs to know that :P)
Anyway, you can expect a quick rundown of my Switch Lite impressions quite soon, along with posts about Pokemon's home console debut (or not so much in my case; but I digress here). Stay tuned, and happy gaming year!
Hello, dear fellow gamers! Hope you're all doing fine, and gaming like it's going out of fashion. Alas, this is not the case for me; I'm so busy right now that I just cannot find the time to play games, let alone blog about them. And thus I'm writing to let you know that there won't be much new material here in the weeks to come. I'll get back to the grind as soon as I can; until then, take care!
|Made you my b*tch too, just like your pal Blue ♪|
marvelous mystery run, I'm gonna indulge in a potpourri of my impressions of Crystal.
|'Here we go, you Johto punk!' Excuse my French.|
Well; that's about it for Gen II, as seen through the innocent yet experienced eye of a Pokefan that came long after the hype. It was entertaining and eye-opening, and it sure made me want to explore the early stages of the franchise as a game historian. The gamer in me, on the other hand, most definitely prefers the Gen IV remakes; and unless I unearth another 'Mon exclusive to Crystal, I'll most certainly favour HeartGold and SoulSilver for future Gen II runs. And talking about 'Mons exclusive to Crystal, I'll see you soon with my run report, dear fellow gamers. Take care!
Jeez, has it already been twelve days since my last post? Oh, how time flies. I'm both super-duper busy and really tired these days, a combination that's hardly conducive to long and productive gaming sessions. At times like these, I would normally take it easy and fall back on Visual Novels; but alas, I have none to play these days. I'm so desperate for a VN that I tried playing Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom on the PSP, despite the fact that my first brush with the series on the Vita ended up with an aborted playthrough after mere minutes of play. There was no miracle this time around either: I gave up after an excruciating hour of plodding through what was probably the most boring dialogue I've ever endured in an otome. I kid you not: that game totally sucked my life energy. Then I tried Muv-Luv, despite knowing a good portion of the plot; but the ugly character design and dumb immature dialogue were too much to bear, and I gave up. I'll try it later, I promise; but right now, this is definitely not what I need. Replaying old VNs is out of the question, because I remember all of them way too well; and I simply don't have enough mental energy to dive into Point and Clicks à la Danganronpa or 999.
So here I am, stuck in virtual (non)gaming limbo, in a period where I'm making drastic changes to my life. What better time, then, to take stock of my gaming accomplishments and ponder what direction I want to sail towards in the next years? None, indeed! Gaming per se will undoubtedly follow me wherever I go, so there's nothing to ponder there; collecting, on the other hand... Now that's a whole other can of worms.
Let's face it: I've grown increasingly bored of collecting in the past two years. My Collector's Delight and Coveted Games posts have gotten scarcer and scarcer until disappearing entirely, along with my purchases of collector treats such as Special Editions. Collecting, which used to be an immense source of joy, has slowly but surely turned into a chore of sorts. My current dissatisfaction with all things collecting stems from two main reasons:
- Being a game collector just takes up way too much space — like, physical space. I hate cluttering and item overabundance; and thus the mammoth number of games currently lounging on my shelves makes me feel seriously restless. So much useless plastic, so much room taken!
- Most importantly, I've gotten over the fetishist side of collecting — the whole 'sniffing booklets and gazing at box art' shebang. I used to be the most hardcore game manual aficionado, prizing those booklets like they were holy scriptures; nowadays, not only are there no more gaming manuals to cherish in brand-new physical games, but I know RPG mechanics so darn well that I don't even need manuals. In fact, the last times I tried to read the booklet before playing a game, I grew bored and dropped it after two pages. As for box art, it's always the same anime-ish crap anyway — so much so that my sister, who doesn't play RPGs at all, can identify the games I covet in a display rack solely by looking at boxes. Totally true story.
In a nutshell: I've become blasé about the useless fluff that surrounds game cartridges. I was always in for the gameplay, for the games themselves; and I bought them physical first and foremost for the sake of perennity. Whatever pleasure I derived from satellite elements such as booklets and box art is long gone, and there's no telling if it will ever come back. And thus I've taken a momentous decision: I'm going to throw away all boxes and booklets, and hold solely onto cartridges and UMDs.
Rest assured, dear fellow gamers, that this is by no means a rash and sudden decision. In fact, I've been pondering that move for months now. I want to simplify things, to go back to the sheer pleasure of the gameplay experience, without any interference. And I already have a preview of what a cartridge-only collection might feel like, which is none other than my GBA/Game Boy library. That library is solely composed of bare cartridges without the slightest trace of a booklet or an original box; and yet, I love and enjoy those games no less than my boxed ones. I'm ready for that major step, and I'm gonna take it, one game at a time.
Then, there's the matter of the Switch Lite and Pokemon Sword&Shield. I'm getting seriously hyped up about those games — there, I said it. A limited Pokedex was never an issue for the serial Pokemon solo runner I am, and I totally dig the idea of a Pokemon region inspired by England. And then you have Galar Ponyta, who's tugging at my heartstrings like crazy. See, I'm kind of a closeted Brony: I owned a couple of Little Ponies as a kid and have the fondest memories of crafting all sorts of adventurous stories around them. And Galar Ponyta looks insanely like a '90s Little Pony, which triggers all sorts of nostalgia attacks in me. I want to run solo with him! I have to!
And since I'm mentioning Pokemon solo runs, I'm currently wrapping up one of these — because when you're low on gaming juice and want to play something low-maintenance, Pokemon is the next best thing to a VN indeed. I'll see you soon for the inevitable run report, dear fellow gamers!