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A stern critique of Pokémon’s current direction from a longtime fan

Pokémon Sword and Shield was a game that built up its fanbase to believe they were going to have a game that rivals the likes of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield was heavily focused on the Wild Area, Dynamax, and Max Raid battles. These were the flagship features that GameFreak built around to differentiate this title from the series’ previous iterations. Let’s discuss whether or not these new iterations propelled the series forward or took us two steps back.

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The Not So Wild Area

Pokémon Sword and Shield added a new take on the series by eliminating random encounters. The goal was to give the fanbase an open-world experience; instead, we got a half-baked world. Typically an open-world video game provides the player with the illusion that possibilities are endless. This is something that can’t be said of Pokémon Sword and Shield’s wild area. …


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From win at all costs, to fun at all costs

I have spent the better half of the last decade playing video games competitively. My constant need to win at all costs and my dream of being that MLG PRO ignited from the first day I started playing Halo 3 back in late 2007. When I learned people were able to live out these amazing careers as professionals at the games that they loved, I decided I would stop at nothing to make this dream a reality.

As you may have already realized at this point, I am not some elite pro gamer in the way that my 15-year-old self dreamt of being. I would go from game to game, hoping that this would be the one where I would meet my potential and kick off my amazing gaming career. Embarking on this journey ended up being much more than I ever bargained for. It would give me a purpose, cause friction in my relationships, distract me from my real-life responsibilities, and even resulted in a broken hand. …


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Crack open those wallets, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride

You’ve just bought yourself a beautiful Nintendo Switch, and you’re ready to embark on all the journeys that this gaming system has to offer. But where do you start? There are hundreds of games to choose from, so it’s only natural you may not know where to begin — well fear no more! I believe these five essential games are guaranteed to put their money where their virtual mouths are.

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Animal Crossing

Are you a fan of relaxing games? Do you have a deep appreciation for all things cute? Do you want to live out a simulation of capitalism personified by an adorable raccoon named Tom? If you said yes to any of these questions, prepare for the adventure of a lifetime. Animal Crossing will have you flexing your creative muscles as it gives you more control over the village experience than ever before. You are in charge of a little island that needs quite a bit of TLC, but with the help of Tom’s construction corporation, Nook Inc, you will be able to customize your island to your heart’s content. …


There are thousands of Nintendo Switch Games, which ones are the best?

Nintendo Switch Games
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There are thousands of Nintendo Switch games available for consumers to choose from. Because of this, most people find it challenging to narrow down the best Nintendo Switch games currently available. Being the giant fan of all things Nintendo that I am, this exercise is much less difficult for me. Get ready for a debate, here are my top five games on the Nintendo Switch.

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5. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

One of the biggest reasons I purchased the Nintendo Switch was the ability to game on the go. The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series was one of my favorite handheld games as a kid. The opportunity to experience this game on bigger screens such as the Switch and TV brought my childhood imagination to reality. The illustrative artwork and cinematic cutscenes take the player on a whimsical adventure of cuteness. …


The Only Cure For Anxiety is Acceptance

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Eleven years ago, I was a teenager living the prototypical life of an American on the east coast. I had a stable home life, was an above-average student in school, and played on multiple soccer teams. By all accounts, I was going to get my diploma, go to college, and find a job straight out of school. That was until I had a life-changing experience that would cause me to reconsider what “normal” means.

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Everything Changed

It was autumn of 2008, and I was just beginning my sophomore year of high school. I had caught Mono (mononucleosis), as most teenagers do, but something was different for me. I had been experiencing intense symptoms for almost three weeks before the doctors could figure out what I had. Those three weeks would involve my neck swelling twice its size, black eyes from dehydration, and the wrong antibiotics forcing me to break out in hives. …


How does the iPad stack up?

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As tablet technology continues to become more advanced, the gap between products like the iPad, and the MacBook, is constantly getting smaller. I decided to forgo my desktop PC and switch to a lightweight, third-gen iPad Air paired with a Logitech Slim Folio keyboard case. I wanted to see if it would be possible to give up power for utility. I have been a Windows PC person for the bulk of my life. I decided to conduct this experiment six months ago, so here are my pros, cons, and everything else in between. …


Focusing on Potential Forces You to Focus on the Negative

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Potential is a word often used to lift a person’s spirits. We typically use this word when we want to compliment someone’s capacity to do great things. Praising a person’s potential can be seen as saying, “you have not done anything great yet.” Focusing on what a person could do is a distraction to the things they have already done. It is counterproductive for people to not feel acknowledged for the tasks they have already completed. Maybe you’re the type of person who loves to point out the potential you see in others. …


Anxiety is unavoidable for some, but these tips will help you manage

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Anxiety is unavoidable for most people, but it does not have to control every aspect of your life. Typically when people discuss anxiety, they focus on the mental aspects of it. We frequently overlook the physical parts of anxiety that are further hindering our minds. The most essential way to take on any sort of mental illness is to be at your best physically and mentally. I have created a list of the four most critical things a person must work on to control their anxiety best.

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Rest more

I know this one sounds ridiculous, but hear me out. Sleep is where the body and the mind go to repair itself. It is the number one crucial thing for your body and your mind to be at its best. Some of you may be thinking to yourself, “Is this guy serious? Everyone knows they need sleep.” — This is true, but people do not take their sleep seriously enough. Getting enough rest is not just something your body will regulate naturally. Some people say it is impossible to fall asleep at any time before 2 am for them. Excluding clinical conditions, I feel that anyone is capable of changing their sleeping routines. The key to sleeping better is tracking patterns in your life. Maybe you don’t fall asleep so easily, are you eating late at night? Are you giving yourself ample time away from electronics before bed? Have you tried to surround yourself with calming noises or images before turning in? Many things can plague your ability to sleep better, so it will take the effort to fix them. Once you dedicate yourself to a better sleep routine, you will find that your anxiety will become more manageable. …


When advice causes more harm than good

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I I am a person who suffers from clinical anxiety to the degree that my panic attacks are considered a form of “post-traumatic stress disorder.” It all started after I got sick during my teenage years, and my anxiety manifested in intense agoraphobia. As I underwent therapy and tried a variety of medications to help this problem, I found that everyone wanted to have their say on how to fix my anxiety. Being the young, naive teenager that I was, I listened to everyone but later felt it did more harm than good.

“You need to start facing your fears head on, it is the only way to conquer them.”

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Caleb Mackie

Part-time writer, full-time dreamer. Working every day towards my dream to write for a living.

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