Here’s an unpopular opinion: I don’t think the Animal Crossing Bunny Day event is that bad. Is Zipper super creepy? Yes, his dead eyes do stare into your soul for a tad too long. Is it annoying to get eggs instead of materials/fish? Kind of. But you know what? Shooting down all those packages has made me really good at using the slingshot!
I’ve loved seasonal events since I discovered them playing Runescape. I love it when a game world opens up a little bit to the real world with decorations and items. Even better if the event’s worked into the lore. And I especially enjoy these events when they reward special items and cosmetics. I’ve always liked unique items that said: I was there. Well, there is always the potential to sell them later at a marked up price if it’s tradable but I rarely do that anyway.
Here’s what I think makes a good seasonal event:
A known time limit: It’s important to know when things end. If I want to put the time in to complete the event I don’t want it ending before I can complete it. Or if it’s something that’s already going on when I start a new game, I want to know if I’ll have time to do it when I get acclimated to the game. Bunny Day ends April 12th so love it or hate it’ll be over next weekend.
A good reward: Preferably some sort of silly cosmetic. I’m not putting time into the event for something I’m not going to equip/use at least for a little bit. Now, I’ll admit, most of the Bunny Day DIY recipes are awful but there’s some that make interesting/ aesthetically pleasing items. Plus, I can now wear a an egg as an outfit so there’s that.
A separate quest or additional drops for an event: This is where Bunny Day get’s annoying. Eggs replace material and fish drops which make it harder to get both. It’d be nice if there was a specific way to get eggs without sacrificing drops. Even better if there was a quest or an option to turn it off. For me, there are enough DIY recipes to collect and make that I don’t mind the egg drops because I have something to do with them. If I end up making all the recipes before the 12th at least I can sell them.
With that out of the way, let me tell you about the worst seasonal event of all time. The Borderlands 3 Bloody Harvest Halloween event. An event so bad it actually stopped me from completing the game.
This event relied on collecting ghost essence, or something, to fight a boss that would drop unique weapons. Unfortunately, these ghosts spawned whether or not you took the quest. The ghosts spawned out of enemies you already killed essentially forcing you to kill them twice. Which is not something I wanted to deal with while I was trying to complete my first playthrough. It started October 24th 2019 which was a little over a month after the game’s release and then apparently ran to December 5th. Which is just entirely too long for an event that fundamentally changes the mechanics of the game. And as far as I could tell, there was no way to turn it off.
Upon further research, that I definitely did just now,, it looks like there were rewards of weapon and character skins after all but I don’t think it would have made a difference for me. Ok, it may have lessened the pain and kept me playing but I don’t think this was emphasized in game because I never knew about it.