Harder than it sounds Various members of the Nintendo Life writing team will have seen one major issue clogging up their Twitter timelines in the past 24 hours, and it revolved around questions at the forefront of what we do: writing about video games. Video
There are no easy answers Earlier this week we reported on the news that Foxconn, manufacturer for many of the world’s biggest technology companies, employed under-age interns to work on Wii U manufacturing. Foxconn admitted that it had employed 14-16 year old school attendees and stated
Stepping into a new generation As the 3DS eShop continues to evolve and expand its library, Nintendo is currently preparing to introduce the Wii U eShop — it’s assumed that’ll be its name — and continue to expand its download gaming options. It’s been a
It’s not quite right, yet During last week’s Nintendo Direct broadcast in Europe, one eShop announcement that received relatively little fanfare was confirmation that a number of additional first-party titles were being made available on the platform. These titles stretch back to the earliest months
Gaming on a budget This week’s European Nintendo Direct prompted the usual range of predictions before the event, ranging from optimistic but unlikely hopes to pessimism and predictability. What Nintendo of Europe boss Satoru Shibata gave us, surprisingly, was a broadcast heavy with eShop exclusives,
Earlier today I saw a tweet about a freelance games writer who had, sadly, ended his own life. What struck me about the testimony from those that knew him was that it was a complete surprise to most, who had absolutely no inkling that his suicide was on the horizon. Blog posts have already been written, in very elegant terms, to remind people that depression is dangerous, toxic and often secretive. A stigma still exists that makes sufferers feel the need to hide their illness, and that’s the greatest tragedy of all.
So, on this blog site that very few read, I’ll share my own perspective. I’ll say it up front, I’m not suffering from clinical depression, nor have I genuinely contemplated ending my own life. With that clarified, I feel a certain level of empathy for those that do, as I often feel that I’m in a strange limbo; not depressed, but certainly not content or particularly happy. It’s hard to explain, as some may say that what I have is called “real life”, and that I’m being a ridiculous cry baby.
I don’t think that’s the case. I think it’s only because I have a loving family that care about me with such devotion that I’m this side of depression. If I had to phrase my psychological state, I’d say it’s a temperamental melancholy. It’s a side of me that only my immediate family knows about, as far as I know, as I put on a front with friends and work colleagues. I think, and self-perception is often wrong, that most see me as a pretty shy, unassuming person who makes rubbish jokes and generally gets on with life. Maybe that’s not what people see, and I’m happy to be enlightened if I’m wrong.
The real me, and the side of me that my wonderful family tolerate, is a person that goes through serious mood swings. There’ll be occasions when I’m happy and chirpy, before I rapidly descend to a state of melancholy, typified by a short temper and an overwhelming desire to be alone; to be blunt, I can be a narcissistic jerk. I don’t think my family would put it that way but it’s how I see it, and they do observe, which breaks my heart, that I have long spells (often many weeks long) of being downbeat and unhappy. I don’t want to be that way, because I know they worry about me.
Part of my problem is that I can be a sponge to the cruelties and disappointments in life, absorbing them rather than brushing them off. I dwell on personal regrets and failures, and sometimes external events or images stick with me, following me around at the forefront of my mind. It makes me introspective, quiet and probably terrible company, yet at least I’m comfortable enough to be that way around family, rather than showing them the pretend-me that everyone else sees.
It’s not depression, but that’s only because my circumstances mean I have a strong and loving support base that keeps it at bay. If I was living alone and with no close family around, I don’t know whether it would become a full-on illness. But what’s clear to me is that I don’t address these problems enough: I don’t talk about it, and I’m too afraid to share that side of myself with friends and colleagues. Why should I, could be one argument, why not just show my best side to the world?
That’s the problem though, if friends are all you have but you hide your true feelings, only trouble lies ahead. Maybe the key is not bullshitting the world, but showing what we really are.
I have mood swings, flashes of temper, extended periods of melancholy and anti-social periods. I make bad jokes to mask when I’m feeling narcissistic and full of self-pity, and I often feel like a failure. I am unhappy, within myself, a lot of the time, but get on with life because that’s what it’s all about. I’m still grateful for what I have and feel lucky in many ways, but that negative part of me is always there.
That’s me, not the bullshit pretender.
Comments are disabled on this site due to awful spam, but I’m on Twitter: @ThomasBW84
The cute little console’s horrors
The scariest night of the year is now only two days away, a horrifying evening when strange children knock at the door and refuse to leave without a toll of sweets and candy. If you don’t hand some tooth-rotting treats over, then you could find out what tricks they have up their sleeve; that’s not always a smart move.
Online connectivity rate also on the rise
With plenty of information coming out of Nintendo’s recent financial results and briefings, one particularly positive outcome is confirmation that the company’s download sales are increasing for the first time since 2010. Considering the fact that Wii and DSi are on the decline due to newer systems, the turnaround can undoubtedly be put down to the big online push that’s been given to 3DS and its eShop.
Everyone stay calm
Although there are a fair share of nay-sayers and doubters surrounding Wii U and its long term prospects for success, there seems to be little doubt that it’ll have a strong launch. Pre-orders are sold out at various retailers in the US, for example, while GAME told us a month ago that UK pre-orders are exceeding expectations. The only down-side to high demand is the resulting issue with supply, however, and a worrying report from CVG suggests that there could be issues in the UK.
Confirms violation and further on-site inspections
Last week there was some unpleasant news that Nintendo was forced to confront, with the revelations that manufacturing partner Foxconn employed under-age interns to manufacture Wii U. Foxconn accepted responsibility and admitted that under-age employees had been hired and subsequently released, while Nintendo for its part stated that it would investigate the allegations that this had taken place at a facility producing its products.
The best of Wii
Yesterday we brought you a retrospective for six years of Wii, as we prepare for the not-too-distant future when the system will become Nintendo’s “last generation” console. It’s an emotional time, to be sure, and nothing touches raw and frayed nerves quite like a top 20 games list. With most of the likely candidates already in stores, we thought now was a good time to poll the Nintendo Life staff and decide once and for all — until the next poll, anyway — what games merit a place in our everlasting affections.
Word-play, or hiding from being a gamer?
A little over a month ago we mentioned a new series of commercials that Nintendo was planning to run, which it described as the “Play As You Are” campaign. The goal of these adverts was to show “how all kinds of women and young girls can explore their interests and express their individuality using the portable Nintendo 3DS – whether they consider themselves gamers or not”. That target audience was, naturally, reflected in the celebrities chosen, featuring U.S. gymnastics gold medal winner Gabrielle Douglas, Dianna Agron (from TV series Glee) and Sarah Hyland (from TV series Modern Family). We took the announcement as a prompt to look at the good, bad and cringeworthy celebrity adverts that Nintendo had used over the years, as they don’t always go down well with loyal fans.
Sad but brilliant
If there’s one thing that video games very rarely do, if ever, it’s to remind us of our everyday lives. While reading books, watching TV and more serve as a source of rest from our day-to-day existence, one of the game medium’s strengths, that makes gamers love their hobby with such a passion, is the ability of some titles to truly immerse them in a fantastical experience; they’re worlds that we can influence, dictate and affect through our actions. There are many reasons we play games, but we’d wager that escapism is one of the most important.