Despite guidance to maintain distance from one another, to stem the spread of COVID-19, gamers have been gathering for any and all reasons — digitally, that is.
We’re now a week into a lovably zen-like chore simulator from Nintendo called Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The explorative, shallow farm sim has blown up in a big bad way.
Even if we weren’t in a weirdly isolated time, a large Animal Crossing fanbase exists out there. Luckily for Nintendo, more than just that fanbase is currently stuck at home, seeking meaning, and a boredom cure.
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So why not start your own island town, and inherit a never-ending list of tasks?
In an entirely feel-good story, the multiplayer aspect of Animal Crossing: New Horizons has supplied gamers all over the world with a venue to visit one another, host events, and in some cases, life-altering celebrations.
— Leels ☠️ (@OfficialLeels) March 24, 2020
I could cry. My friends @Skilton, @lillieUIVR , @rubyannem , @RenderTramp, and their pals threw Sophia a 9th birthday party in #AnimalCrossingNewHorizons because she couldn’t see her pals due to lockdown 😭 pic.twitter.com/hEKtOtU0rk
— Alexia Christofi 🎊🎉 (@Lex_mate) March 24, 2020
With the canadian borders closed, my boyfriend seemed further away than ever. Thank you Animal Crossing for giving us a meuseum date night . pic.twitter.com/vdXh5lpTOh
— Mo Mo O’Brien (@momo_obrien) March 23, 2020
— Jake ‘two likes though’ Green (@Jake_k_green) March 25, 2020
Yes, some folks have had larger life events interrupted by lockdowns and quarantines, so this couple’s group of friends put together a surprise Animal Crossing wedding, using the game’s multiplayer feature.
“My fiance and I had to cancel our upcoming wedding due to COVID-19, so our best friends gave us a surprise Animal Crossing wedding instead”
I’M NOT CRYING! YOU’RE CRYING! 😭
— Take My Bells 💰 (@Take_My_Bells) March 23, 2020
“This made me so happy, I don’t even have the words to describe how much it meant to me,” writes Reddit user, and Animal Crossing bride, Ashmush.
Gamers are a resilient folk, how are you using technology to bridge the gap between you and your loved ones during this unprecedented time?