Tell us about your Animal Crossing experience during the COVID-19 pandemic
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a videogame for the Nintendo Switch where you begin a new life on a desert island alongside a cast of cute animal neighbours. The game was released on 20 March 2020. At almost the same time, much of the world began experiencing periods of lockdown and self-isolation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the world was on pause, the island paradises of Animal Crossing: New Horizons thrived, welcoming those in isolation with open arms (and paws). The game became a routine part of everyday life. Cancelled plans were reimagined and reprogrammed to the virtual sandy shores of players’ islands. For many people unable to socialise in real life, the game became a vital creative space for personal connection.
The Animal Crossing Diaries, a project led by the NVM, will record the diverse ways that players interact with the game during the COVID-19 pandemic. From everyday accounts of calm routine, to lavish forms of virtual celebration, the project will archive and understand how players create their own unique memories and meaningful experiences through Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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