By: Jake Martin
Video games are a luxury hobby that demand more time than money, time being the more valuable resource.
In my literal first blog post ever, I wrote about what I 'thought' it was going to be like as a married gamer. While some of those ideas still hold true, things are different from what I originally expected.
I didn't account for my desire to pick up old hobbies and learn new ones, running and podcasting being the main culprits.
I've found that part of 'being an adult' is determining the opportunity cost of most decisions that you make, for example, "should I waste my life staring at my phone for another hour, or should I wake up and actually go on a run (a truly tough decision)." With the decision to commit to one time-consuming event, you're effectively saying no to another, and you must weigh each decision with multiple varying factors.
Along comes the Switch.
You see, gaming in the past has traditionally forced an individual to embark on a singular experience connected to a TV. Handheld gaming is the exception, but the Switch took a huge leap forward by being the first handheld device that delivered a true console experience on-the-go.
Now, instead of plopping down in front of a TV by myself, I can join my wife in the den while she watches her TV show, or perhaps sneak in a quick 30 minutes before I go to bed.
There are no save points that I have to reach thanks to the sleep mode on the Nintendo Switch, which suspends the game at the exact place I was prior. That means, if I need to drop what I'm doing in the game and help out in a quick pinch, I'm able to put the Switch down without the fear of losing progression.
This is one of the most overlooked strengths of the Switch that makes it the best way to stay a gamer, while still prioritizing the things that matter.
Yes, I still have a few gaming sessions that extend into the 2 to 3 hour range, but for the most part, I've learned that it's just as enjoyable to play through a game in small bursts, in any situation that I may find myself in.
What are your thoughts? If you have a Nintendo Switch, have you noticed that you're able to fit video games into your life more easily?