Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game that demands attention. The way it’s structured, you’re supposed to play every day, or at least check in to see what’s up. Like brushing your teeth or taking out the trash, Animal Crossing is, at its core, a chore. So what happens if you forget to do that chore for two months?Read more...
More like this (3)
The 2020 presidential election was bound to be a weird one, and not only because COVID-19...The 2020 presidential election was bound to be a weird one, and not only because COVID-19 has made in-person events like rallies and door-to-door canvassing more fraught than ever. Thankfully, there’s always Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Players have been able to show their in-game support for candidates using…Read more...
'Animal Crossing' users are wearing Black Lives Matter shirts, making signs, and organizing virtual protests
As protests have organized across the US and around the world against police brutality and in...As protests have organized across the US and around the world against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, video game users are also uniting for the cause. In "Animal Crossing: New Horizons," players are creating customized signs and clothing for their game characters that say "BLM" and depict symbols of "No justice, no peace." For those unable to gather outside for in-person demonstrations, the game offers a way for people to still show solidarity virtually. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. What would you do if you had the ability to escape to an island and create a customized world? Would you use it to connect, or disconnect? Some "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" players use it to do both — and recently, connecting has included protesting. Animal Crossing: Another place to show BLM support With the online hosting capabilities inherent to the game, "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" is offering people of all ages a unique way to support the ongoing protests against police brutality and systemic racism, even as they stay at home amid the pandemic. Typically, players on "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" create an island paradise that includes buildings, objects, and interactions with non-player characters as well as player characters. Not only can players design their own worlds and homes in the game, but they can also customize personal items and objects that their characters use. Lately, as Black Lives Matters demonstrations and protests continue to erupt around the world, these game tools are being used to create digital protests, with users adding 'BLM' imagery to signs and their characters' clothing. Parents who might not have felt comfortable taking their children to a physical protest — where there's a risk of physical injury or confrontation — are able to use the game to collaborate and support the Black community by attending or even hosting a virtual protest. Users are creating custom designs in support of Black Lives Matter Users are also organizing virtual protests and raising money for social justice organizations Anyone with access to a Nintendo Online account can host an online protest in the game; one such virtual protest was held on June 7. As there's a limit of only eight players allowed to be on another player's island at a time, interested players were directed to a site which put folks in line to gain access. When the player's turn came, they were given a special code needed to enter the island. The protest host made customized signs, pillows, and memorial photos, and carved out a special path and area on their island to hold the sit-in protest. Players were encouraged to bring in-game currency (also known as bells) to the island, which would be converted into a charity donation by the host in the name of the player who contributed. This protest raised money for six different charities. including the NAACP, the National Bail Fund Network, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. A virtual take on peaceful protesting Even with the positives that "Animal Crossing" offers for players to engage in protests, the environment is still not 100% safe from potential issues. Users are free to make comments on the game's in-game chat function, which could allow for potential harassment of players or negative messaging. While players can report inappropriate messages, these chats do not have constant moderation. While "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" is not a perfect world, it does allow people, even in a video game, to come together, unify, and lend their voice to support and pay respect to George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. Jennifer Stavros is a writer and advocate for urban issues and social justice. Her writing has been featured in Playboy, The Independent, Greatist, BARE Magazine, LA Taco, and Remezcla among others. Stavros is currently working on a book discussing the intersection of life, death, and poverty. Follow her on Twitter.SEE ALSO: It's time to admit 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons' is a dumb, boring game for children READ MORE: How to create an email template to help your social media followers flood politicians with messages about the protests Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
Well, it’s been a week, and Nintendo hasn’t killed off the last Animal Crossing: New Horizons...Well, it’s been a week, and Nintendo hasn’t killed off the last Animal Crossing: New Horizons hack that allows you to duplicate certain items for free. In case it does, or if you’d like another method that allows you to duplicate every item you have—the Holy Grail of glitches—another has emerged. Here’s how to do it.Read more...