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The many reasons I've taken more than 1,000 screenshots on my switch



I've had a Nintendo Switch since the beginning of 2017 and have taken 1,052 screenshots on that page. I suppose I can not resist the amazing camera sound that happens every time I press the snapshot button. It may not be all of it, though. Why do I really play this?

I take pictures when I see something cool in the game, such as this great room in the Metroidvania game Dandara :

I take pictures when I am fun, as I was recently fighting for a bulbous boss in Super Mario Odyssey :

I take pictures when a game has a fun line in it:

I press the snapshot button when I realize that I might need to show something for an article

I take pictures when I start a game:

This is the first screen I ever took on Switch

And I take pictures when I'm done (well, not completely done, Hollow Knight fans, but at least once credits first rolls:

At least half of my screenshots are from Zelda the game that made me a Switch in-game photographer:

I could not resist snapping pictures of amazing rooms:

… or by how cool Link looked in cutscenes in what outfit I would put him in.

. I was even fascinated with the green line the game could draw to show me where on the map I had been

I take some screenshots on Xbox One and a whole bunch of PS4s, but my switch is the most crowded. I've never had the button presses needed to take pictures on the Xbox, and on PlayStation I've failed to take videos. On the switch, the snapshot button is always easy to press. I have also come to enjoy the system's inability to collect the shots after games. Instead, I only have a power that tells the story that I'm playing this system. The shots are stacked in reverse chronological order, older shots lay down on the list.

Here I iron on Splatoon 2 s brutal Octo Expansion to return to Breath of The Wild Champions Ballad:

Here I complete the unexpected good Lego Ninjago played and dips back to Steam World Dig 2 valleys with Axiom Verge and Celeste and then settled in ] Dandara .

As a child, I had a pair of shoe boxes that bulged with more holiday pictures than I needed. As an adult whose pictures and screenshots are digital, these shoe boxes look picturesque. With filing on my phone and toddler twins I can not stop taking pictures and videos – I have more caught moments to look at than I have moments to see. The digital image propagation has spread over my game drives, with so little limitation. All of these screens take up very little space, just 185 MB on a 100 GB microSD card. I can snatch a lot more.

When I look through these pictures, I see habits, something inexplicable. Apparently, I feel the need to take screenshots at the beginning of the boss games …

And I rush to take pictures of news …

I'm trying to remind moments I liked in games, for example, when I played one round Fortnite with my nephew and we – mostly he built a big Kotaku character.

And sometimes I sneak a shot to help me remember something I do not understand in a game that I suspect I will want to return to, like this tree I found early in Hollow Knight

For the most part, I think I take pictures not to remember things, but to capture beauty. The games we play are full of plays, and my instinct when I look something beautiful in a Switch game is to move my finger to that button and click away.

I make maps mainly of the amazing virtual places I

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