Start writing a post

Too old for Animal Crossing?

Although it's designed for everyone, certain people assume Animal Crossing is for teens. What happens when you still love the game a decade later?

Too old for Animal Crossing?
orange and black nintendo switch
Photo by Sara Kurfeß on Unsplash
https://twitter.com/Wedge
I love and hate how technology is reforming our society; I feel empowered on Monday's and helpless on Tuesdays. Vacillate between ambivalence and ambiguity most days. We must rail against the coming of the dark times while working within the very institutions bringing them forth. I love my dog, like my independence, and have 135,000 followers on Tumblr who ignore me.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/wedgeblack/
https://www.instagram.com/wedgewould/

When I was a lad, our school called CD-ROMs 'new media.' Anything on screen was new; anything interactive was mind-blowing. This was the future I was being educated for.

Now we're living it.


I'm still just as excited by all forms of new media. In the past 20 years, I must've used every major social network from its birth, popularity, and decline (hello MySpace and Bebo. Remember So.cl? No?). I've been on Twitter since 2006, and not many people can say that.

I got into Tumblr (which I'm still on) around a decade ago as part of the charitable work I do — working to connect with members and provide a stream of accessible support information. I don't have to have TikTok or subscribe to car-crash influencers on YouTube because the cool kids on Tumblr keep me in the loop.


selective focus photography of red Nintendo Switch Photo by Sigmund on Unsplash


Too old for Tumblr?

But every so often,Tumblr users will talk about how it's supposed to be a safe space for teens. Then there are all the 'adulting' posts about how they feel too young to be looking after themselves at 23-years-old which I understand. Someone will say that they can't even imagine reaching 30-years-old, wondering how anyone copes with being so old.

It's not subtle - some people literally argue that people over a certain age (usually 20-to 25-years-old) should get off Tumblr.

Such posts make me pause. I don't want to intrude on young tribes; I want teens to have their own spaces.

I don't go looking for such users or posts. I'm not in control of my timeline; unlike other social networks, Tumblr is built on sharing other people's content more than posting your own stuff. Everyone's a curator, as well as a blogger. So my timeline is full of what other people think is funny or worth talking about from around the web. I barely hear from the people I follow; I see what they are resharing from people that they follow.

Anyway, I don't think of it as a community that I'm intruding on. I consider it an alternative content space that's always fresh and new. The kids don't tolerate old thinking, and I love it!

But am I too old for all this new media? Am I supposed to watch TV and read the paper in my slippers?

Too old for Animal Crossing New Horizons?

I've been an adult fan of Animal Crossing for a decade. The new game is fantastic, easy and busy at the same time.

I'm sure my boss is bemused at my obsession. Still, several peers in my age group have also got into Animal Crossing New Horizons, and we like discovering and discussing the finer details of objects and gameplay.

I feel validated that professionals in my industry play, but I still worry that games and spaces designed for all are assumed to be exclusively for teens. I'm not worried about being perceived as childish; I can handle and refute such charges. I'm worried about being judged as weird and creepy, even though I keep to myself and enjoy the content for what it is —funny, informing, and fresh.

Is it prejudice and ageism, or do you think mature adults need to stay clear of spaces and activities dominated by young adults?

Study shows the Olympics is most LGBTQIA+ friendly sporting event ever

All eyes are now fixed on Tokyo, where a new record for participation has been set.

Ireen Wust of Netherlands competes in the 1500m Ladies race during Day 4 of the ISU World Speed Skating Championships at Thialf Arena on February 14, 2021 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

"I feel incredibly proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion. When I was younger, I didn't think I'd ever achieve anything because of who I was."

These are words from the new Olympic gold medal winner, Team GB's Tom Daley, after he and partner Matty Lee took first place in synchronised swimming on Monday 26 July.

Keep reading... Show less

The best ways to show people closest to you that they are heard and appreciated

Everyone that is close to us wants to be heard in their relationship. It's for a good reason, too.

Strong relationships rely onl open lines of communication. Being a better communicator may appear daunting, but it's actually only a matter of honing a crucial skill: listening.

It appears to be straightforward. We (mostly) listen to our loved one's queries, opinions, anecdotes, gripes, and helpful suggestions. But how frequently do we actually pay attention?

We often register that they're chatting on the surface, waiting for our time to jump in and say what we want. Something has to be done about it.

Everyone that is close to us wants to be heard in their relationship. It's for a good reason, too.

Keep reading... Show less
#StartTheConversation by joining us on
x

Join our new platform for free and your post can reach a huge audience on Indy100 and The Independent join