Video games. The bane of my existence. But also the reaffirming joy I need to get through the day.
Video games have an incredibly ability to put a smile on my face, even on the darkest of days, and they help me forget about all of the stresses of life. Other times they only compound the stresses of life, but let's just forget about that for now, like all of my other obligations.
When I'm out and about, standing in a queue, waiting for someone to stop ranting at me, or ignoring Skype calls from my bosses, I love to play mobile games to take my mind off of those things and put a smile on my face. Here are just five games that are guaranteed to brighten your day even in the darkest hours.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name. And they're always glad you came. Even if it's just because they know you're going to be their slave for the foreseeable future.
This is the power dynamic in Animal Crossing, where you're whisked off to a new town, and quickly find yourself performing menial tasks for the entire village until people consider you to be their friend.
In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, this process has been streamlined. You can pop in, chat to a few animals, they'll declare their love for your magnificent taste in clothes and decorations, and you're all set to go about your day.
It's a small, satisfying gameplay loop that sees you picking up shells, catching fish, and then getting endlessly praised for it by your peers. And honestly, isn't that what we all want from life?
In Pocket Camp I can just run in, decorate, have a chat, and my animal friends will give me gifts just because I'm nice. Damn, why isn't real life like that?
And just like getting likes on twitter, in Pocket Camp you'll see hearts getting filled up from how much everyone loves you. If only I had hearts swirl in my vision every time someone was being nice to me, I'd be much less miserable when people make eye contact with my in the street. This says more about me than Animal Crossing, doesn't it?