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What about about to confess is an incredibly first world problem, and I realize that, but that's why I'm talking about it here and not anywhere else. I'm honestly really bummed out about Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the simple fact that I can't play it. I don't have a Switch, and I won't for... probably a very long time. This is a stupid thing to be sad over, except that my sadness goes beyond pouting about a video game. I'm sad because I've been living on the brink of poverty my whole life; I've got just enough to get by, but not much extra. And I'm grateful I have that much. But I have never been able to afford to be into the popular things that all my peers were into until way later when all the prices dropped. I'm lucky I ever got to play games at all, but it's incredibly frustrating to always be late to the party. By the time I show up and start getting into something, everyone else is already done with it and over it. I never get to enjoy games with my friends, and I certainly don't make new ones over it. I just started playing Minecraft this year, and I really like it, but when I talk about it, people just scoff and roll their eyes and disdainfully scorn me with 'oh, you still play that?' And that's just the story of my life. And I'm tired of it. I'm tired of getting game systems years later after the next console gets put on the market. I'm tired of having to wait until games are out of date to be able to afford them. I'm tired of not being able to play games with my friends... Video games are such a huge part of our society in this culture, and I feel disconnected from the entire world because I'm always a step behind. I just feel that same pain I felt as a kid when I was excluded from everything, except back then everyone was talking about trading Pokémon on their Gameboys, and now everyone's talking about visiting each other's islands on their Switches. Just once I wish I could afford to catch up and hop on the stupid bandwagon.

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