Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Bringing Families Together

May 1 2020 Zoe Wong 5th Year

How has everyone been? Didn’t know you could stare at your bedroom wall for that long, huh? Yeah, same. And while sitting here and doing nothing is fun and all, I just have to change it up a little. You might say “But, Zoe, you have school work to keep you occupied!” Well, I will have you know…uhh brain.. hurt..bad uhh. That’s the best excuse I’ve got really.

But with the recent release of Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons, I jumped straight to begging my parents to let me have it. To my surprise, they let me get the game. But what I didn’t expect was how my parents already had an interest in the game and were about to be the ones to play for the longest amount of time.

If you didn’t know about the joy that is Animal Crossing, you play as a customisable character who moves to a deserted island after purchasing a package from Tom Nook, a raccoon dog character in the game. It happens in real-time, and you gather and craft items, catch insects and fish, and develop the island into a community of anthropomorphic animals.

While it seems kind of boring and repetitive, it has brought me and my family closer. Why? We all started playing and now we can’t stop upgrading our homes and want to pay off our home loans from our Fearless Leader, Tom Nook.

A shrine to our patron saint, Tom Nook

Jokes aside, it has been an incredible source of calm that has just let us forget that the world is a massive trash fire right now. And in between the work that I’m desperately trying to complete, playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons gives me the illusion of some semblance of normalcy and peace. I’m just living my dream of being able to pay off all my financial debts by fishing, and having a nice house with way too many plants that won’t die. Waking up every day and the most exciting news being “A new villager is moving in today! Let’s be nice and welcome them” is just what I need.

Jokes aside, it has been an incredible source of calm that has just let us forget that the world is a massive trash fire right now. And in between the work that I’m desperately trying to complete, playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons gives me the illusion of some semblance of normalcy and peace. I’m just living my dream of being able to pay off all my financial debts by fishing, and having a nice house with way too many plants that won’t die. Waking up every day and the most exciting news being “A new villager is moving in today! Let’s be nice and welcome them” is just what I need.

Light of my life, my favourite villager, Merengue

I hope everyone is finding a good way to separate themselves from the chaos for a breather. Go for a walk sometimes, play some games or bake some bread! Or you could be like my family, working together to pay off our loans. Nevertheless, take some time to chill. I hope everyone stays happy and healthy.