If you happen to follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a huge fan of the Nintendo Switch. I wrote about why I find the Switch so compelling, and I also wrote about the game design of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. By day, and indeed night, I’m a novelist, and so I work from home permanently. My working space is very important to me, and I’ve recently spent a lot of time tailoring it to my needs and preferences.
If I told you I had a difficult adolescence, perhaps you’d imagine that I got into trouble with the law, or that we were poor, or that I was a victim of some kind of abuse. Maybe you’d think we moved around a lot, or that I didn’t have friends, or that I underachieved at school. None of those things are true. I was well-behaved, academically successful, had plenty of friends, and didn’t want for anything. I’ve never been in serious trouble. I’ve never been abused. We never moved; not even once.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild arrived at a tricky time for me. It was the launch title for the new Nintendo Switch (though it was also simultaneously released on the Switch’s predecessor console, the Wii U), and it was unquestionably a system-seller. A new entry in the Zelda series is often a milestone in gaming, and Breath of the Wild — or BotW henceforth — has proved to be no exception.
What's even going on with Nintendo these days? So many Switch games I want. It hasn't been like this since, what, the N64? Maybe even the SNES? I could spend two hundred quid a month on games. I mean, I _couldn't_, but I could. #NotComplaining
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Selecting a term
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