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Entry #2015
 
1:15 PM - March 31st, 2020
 
Only the responsibility of The Journey could stop the nearly two weeks of non-stop play. And honestly, it didn't stop it. Just made us document it so everyone could actually see the game that has clearly saved our family. I don't even know where to start with how much it has meant, but here's a clip of us all screwing around in the game...
 
 
The magic of this game is delayed gratification. Things are on a real-time clock, they take full days to complete and every single day since this game came out we have all had something to look forward to every morning.
 
I mean, think about that.
 
Every night the kids got to go to sleep excited about what would happen when they woke up. They jumped up and turned on their Switches and their little island had a new shop or a house upgrade or a visitor... something that they couldn't wait to see. Now, granted we're in the minority as each person in our family has their own island and we can all play on those islands at the same time as well as fly to each other's islands. For most people? This is turning into a nightmare. Nintendo made it so it's one island per switch so people with one console can't really start their own game. It's the only game like this. It's a massive issue and has sadly soured the game for many people and it's understandable. We knew of the requirement and were so die-hard we didn't care: we were prepared with 4 switches and shelled out the ridiculous amount for 4 separate copies of the game. So ignoring the other poor bastards for a second...
 
HOLY SHIT THIS GAME IS PERFECT FOR US. My productive issues (which are well documented) have a home now. I've completely paid off all of my upgrades and will get teraforming tomorrow which will allow me to completely rip up my island and start over. I will average 10-12 hours a day for the forseeable future as every single thing you do takes an entire 24 hour cycle to complete and you can only do one thing at a time. JESUS.
 
But that's the magic. I cannot believe my kids are going to sleep like it's Christmas every night now. They BOUND out of bed to see what happened while they slept. They're learning math, reading responsibility, item management, planning, delayed gratification... ad infinitum. It's like Nintendo created a game for children 6-10 to learn how life works while being quarantined and unable to go to school or anywhere for that matter. We're all still basically on Spring Break so there's literally nothing else to do. Cam is suddenly reading like a champ and it's seemingly overnight. I just cannot say enough about this game and what it has meant to us. It has made the quarantine, dare I say... wonderful? Like I've never had so much fun? Other than the obvious weight-gain (when I was already at maximum capacity - lol) it's the best thing to ever happen to us? I mean the whole Delorean thing needs to be addressed (porbably in the next entry whenever I stop playing for a few seconds) but since I saved everything like the car was gonna explode any moment, I'm pretty good.
 
So anyway, gonna get to sleep. IT'S A NEW MONTH TOMORROW. New FISH! New Bugs! Teraforming! Yahoo!!!
 
Adam