During quarantine, people were bored out of their minds. What did thousands decide to pick up? Video games.
The game Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch became a popular choice for many. With nothing else to do, senior Ian Hudnall began playing the game in late March.
“I had played previous games in the series and I have loved them since I was little. I knew the game would be a good time sink since I had nothing better to do in quarantine,” Hudnall said.
The nostalgic factor from previous generations of the series was appealing to many others, too.
“I started playing Animal Crossing the day it came out. I’ve always been a fan of Animal Crossing in the past and I knew I’d need a good pastime with quarantine starting so I thought it would be the perfect thing to help,” junior Hanna Jackson said.
The game is a life simulator, with the player wanting to move to a remote island in order to escape the bustle of city life. The ability to do and create so much attracted freshman Elaina Nuhfer to the game.
“I started playing in the beginning of quarantine after seeing commercials and YouTube videos about it. I was looking for something to do and enjoy how creative I can be while playing,” Nuhfer said. “Animal Crossing is definitely the best switch game because it always keeps me entertained.”
The game gives lots of freedom when creating and designing their island, home, and personal clothing and artwork. This creative facet of the game helps it feel more like a true life simulator to certain players.
“I love going to the clothing shop on there and buying outfits to give to the other islanders. I also love to switch up my character for fun. It is a lot of work and takes patience and can get boring at times, but it never fails to make me happy and have a creative outlet,” junior Cora Craig said. “I would definitely rank it above other interactive games because most take longer and don’t let you have as much freedom with expression.”
Craig is not alone in her opinion of the game’s creative freedom.
“In New Horizons, you basically have complete creative freedom, which I really like. It definitely has more options and customizable features than any other game I’ve played on the switch,” Jackson said.
For junior Marissa Addison, the graphics style was one of the most appealing features of the game.
“I loved the graphics. It just looked so cute, and I’ve been playing the pocket edition on my phone for months before buying the actual game. I figured it would be cool if I was able to do more,” Addison said.