I'm Good at Video Games, Actually

I’ve never been good at video games, but in retrospect, I think I was just using the wrong system.


I’ve had a Nintendo Switch for about three weeks and discovered that I really like it. I started with Animal Crossing, because it looked 1) fun, and 2) easy in terms of controls.


In the past, I’ve played games on PlayStation, Xbox and Wii, and not to any huge success. I have the most experience with the Wii, which had an easier controller to hold than the others, but not by much for someone with not-great grip strength and fine motor skills.


The systems with more “traditional” controller styles were harder to manage. In fact, I recently tested out an Xbox again, just to see what I could do, and I got about five minutes into Assassin’s Creed before my hands started to hurt.


The Switch, on the other hand, has caused me no such problems. It’s small and can be set flat on a table, which means it doesn’t necessitate grip strength, and the JoyCons can be taken off so I can swap which controls are in which hand.


All this is to say, actually being good at video games turns out to depend, for me, on what the controller is like. Who knew.