The Magic of Animal Crossing

2020032713170100-02CB906EA538A35643C1E1484C4B947DAnimal Crossing am I right? Have you had the pleasure of explaining what it is to someone who’s never played it yet? Here was my attempt at explaining this game to my wife.

Wife: What do you want for your birthday this year?

Me: Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Wife: What’s that?

Me: It’s a game where you live on an island and all your neighbors are animals.

Wife: Sounds cute, what do you do?

Me: You like, run around and collect bugs and fish and flowers and sell them to a racoon so you can get new clothes and furniture for your house. You’re also in a perpetual cycle of debt to this racoon who convinces you to remodel your house just as you finish paying off your debt to him.

Wife: …

Me: Well when you explain it, it sounds boring, but I swear it’s fun!

Saturday I turned 28 and the proud owner of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.  Now we have conversations like this.

Me: What do you want to do this weekend?

Wife: Let’s play Animal Crossing! We need 9 more species to get Blathers to upgrade the museum. Also, we need to start saving up Bells for when lawn flamingos are in the shop so we can buy like 10 of them!

I haven’t actually played an Animal Crossing since owning a Gamecube was cool. I have fond memories of the hours my sister and I spent glued to the basement TV. We even bought a separate memory card so we could have our own town. The day we found out we could change the Gamecube’s system clock to play more was a magical time.The thing I remember most was thinking we were funny and sending terrible messages to our residents….Now my sister lives across the country from me but got a Switch so we can visit each other’s towns just like the old days. Something tells me I’m about to wake up to some interesting mail one of these days.






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