NINTEN-DOGGED

NINTEN-DOGGED

The Nintendo DS was created back in 2005, the popular gaming device bringing forth hundreds of games in its emergence. One of these games, being arguably the most popular of them all amongst children aged between 5 and 12, was Nintendogs. The simulation game was created by Nintendo itself in 2005 and was released along with the device (Wikia, 2015). The game involved adopting dogs, once they’ve moved into your house it is your responsibility to feed, walk and care for your dog(s). The responsibility of owning many dogs, naming them, and looking after them was a little girl’s dream. Yet, as I myself was a subject to this game, I can say that even at 9 years old, after playing the game for many consecutive weeks, it became subsequently boring. Doing the same routines over and over again, having a limit on the number of household dogs, becoming unhealthy addicted to fake animals…it became a lot, so in response I stopped playing. Now, 12 years on, the game is almost completely forgotten, and after watching a review of the game online, it is completely understandable why it is forgotten. The lack of depth in the gameplay along with the almost scary graphics, children today can now play on devices that feel almost too real and can leave playing it for hours and wouldn’t have time for such an undeveloped game structure. It is only really through this subject that I have remembered the game, and although the gameplay eventually got boring (like most other games at that age) it was a huge part of my childhood, it helped me make friends and as a shy little girl, branch out and use the game as a point of discussion. It was evidently a capstone of my childhood. I can still gage all the times I would hide my DS under my pillow and then continue to play Nintendogs into the early hours of the morning (if I got away with it). Although forgotten, the game was a milestone in simulation technology for its time.

Checking on my Nintendogs for the first time in 14 years - YouTube

References:

Wikia, 2015. Nintendogs. [online] Nintendogs Wiki. Available at: <https://nintendogs.fandom.com/wiki/Nintendogs&gt; [Accessed 5 August 2021].

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