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DISCUSSION: Are Video Games Getting Easier, or Am I Getting Better?

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With video game companies often cashing in on the nostalgia by remaking, remastering, or rebooting beloved franchises, such as Crash Bandicoot or the Spyro series, the question I find myself and my video game fans asking, are video games getting easier?.

I wasn’t a video game nerd growing up, the only games I played were Pokemon, the Mario & Luigi series, and other mismatched games. One of the spinoffs I love is the Pokemon: Mystery Dungeon series. I was so excited when they remade the first game, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, as Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX. I bought it as soon as it came out for the Nintendo Switch.

Now, I remember Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team being quite tricky growing up. As I’m playing this remake, I haven’t been having many troubles other than getting buttons confused, but that comes with the territory. I quickly noticed how easy this game is now. Unless I haven’t hit the difficulty spike, I’ve had little to no problems working my way through the game.

So this begs the question, did they make this game more accessible to the younger audience, or did I just get better at strategy games overall? Well, I think I just got better by playing more strategy games such as Octopath TravelerChocobo’s Mystery Dungeon, and all of the later entries in the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series. I think with time and experience with other video games of the same genre, I might just have a better grasp on how to play the game than when I was a kid.

However, I’d like to hear your opinion! Do you think video game companies are making video games easier, or do you think you’ve just gotten better at playing the games?

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My Bookshelf

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My mom recently gave me a bookshelf, and my fiance and I put it together and placed it in my room, I quickly started filling the shelves with the books I’ve collected over the past couple of years since I moved in with my fiance.

Some of these books I’ve read, most I haven’t yet. And yes, I still own the whole Twilight Saga. I’m not ashamed to say that at the time even though I found it to be dumb and immature, I still enjoyed the series. I was in middle school, cut me some slack.

The little figure on my shelf is a Pokemon that McDonald’s had in their Happy Meals at the time, and so I got this one. Reshiram is a legendary Pokemon from the Black and White games. It is said that when Reshiram’s tail flares, the heat energy moves the atmosphere and changes the world’s weather.

I just wanted to share what my physical bookshelf has on it. Its shelves are ever growing crowded as I keep finding books that I want to add to my collection.