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Google’s April Fool’s joke hits me in the nostalgia

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WHY ISN’T THIS REAL?!

This would have made 12-year-old me cry with joy. Since Japan hit April 1 before anyone, they got the first taste of this April Fool’s joke. It’s a joke in the sense that Google isn’t hiring a Pokemon master, but the app itself apparently works! Supposedly. Maybe. I don’t want to spread false information, all I know is I am following the directions on this blog (http://thenextweb.com/google/2014/03/31/can-now-find-catch-wild-pokemon-inside-google-maps/) and it’s not working for me. If anyone can confirm this is real let me know!

Written by mlogli

March 31, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Just say no…to Nintendo

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Since I was five, I have been playing video games in one form or another. They have tended to take up a lot of my time, whether I needed to do work or not. Oftentimes I would ignore important tasks in the house, such as taking out trash or cleaning laundry, just to get to the next level of Super Mario World or to beat a boss in Chrono Trigger. Nowadays I don’t play the consoles much anymore, but I am on game sites like Kongregate constantly, and this has cut into life professionally and personally.

I just can’t do it anymore. I’ve been walking around in a game-enduced haze for far too long. So on Tuesday I officially gave up video games, the one exception being quiz games like the new You Don’t Know Jack series on Facebook (I do love quiz games on or off the digital plane).

I don’t think I realized how hard it would be. I’m regularly tempted to flip over to Kongregate to get the next badge and earn points from Gamestop for games I will never buy. It’s tempting to think about the games I used to play — the Resident Evils and the Super Smash Bros. — but I cannot let myself get back into that. Even now I am realizing how much time I have for the things that really matter to me now, like working on my novel or writing in this blog.

I’ll miss my gamer ways, and the growing culture that is beginning to sneak into everyday life and media, but it just isn’t for me anymore, and I feel it has cost me too much recently.

So goodbye Mario, goodbye Sonic, goodbye Solid Snake (never liked you much anyway) and all the rest. The shakes I get from withdrawl will pass, but my memories of you will never fade.

Written by mlogli

July 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm