Gaming the Winter Away

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As the winter break comes to an end, I’d been trying to keep myself occupied since I don’t have five assignments due in one day (maybe a bit of an over exaggeration…more like three) Although I am a female, I enjoy playing video games whenever I get some spare time. Video games have been a huge part in my life; whether it was watching my older brother play his games or if it was me who played on my own, I always appreciated how video games can often help people destress and get us occupied with something during difficult times. So here are some video games I’ve recently played for the past month.

GTA V: For those who don’t know this acronym, it is Grand Theft Auto Five(V). I had this game for over a year and I had spent part of my winter break completing the main storyline for the game. It was difficult for me as I’m not used to these kinds of games but in the end, I made it and accomplished my goal of finishing the storyline before school started. I’ll give myself a pat on the back since all those hours of frustration paid off.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars: This game is available for the Nintendo Switch and it consists of three Mario games, Super Mario 64(1996), Super Mario Sunshine(2002), and Super Mario Galaxy(2007). Since these video games made up most of my childhood, I had to snag this one before it was too late. I decided to play Super Mario Sunshine first to feel the childhood nostalgia of watching my older brother play the game; now I wanted to try it on my own and see if I too can collect all 120 Shine Sprites (I have seven so far :D) The controls are a bit off but still somewhat manageable.

Animal Crossing New Horizons: I know I’m late to the party with this one but hey I didn’t get the Switch till about October of last year. This game is one I’d play if I just want to chill out and hang out with friends on their islands or on mine. I already have a store, museum, and new plaza built; I even have five residents living on my island already. Now I just maintain my island, search for fossils or more, do daily tasks, and look for things to sell to make my pockets full of Bells(game currency)

USG offers a B.S in Simulation and Game Design under the University of Baltimore for those interested in game development. Here’s a link for those interested. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, let me know and I’ll get back to you on that! Thank you all for reading my blog and I’ll see you in the next one!

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2 Responses to Gaming the Winter Away

  1. Laura DeMarco says:

    My brother just joined the Simulation and Game Design program! I’m glad you linked to it. Personally, I wouldn’t call myself a “gamer,” by I could hold my own in Wii Sports back in the day, especially bowling.

    • madl2021 says:

      That’s awesome Laura!! As long you you enjoy a game or two, that’s perfectly fine, anyone can be a gamer! Hopefully this will bring more students towards the Simulation and Game Design Program! Hopefully your brother enjoys it! 🙂

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