I truly believe, with every fiber of my being, that Animal Crossing New Horizons could not have come at a better time.
Not only is it a brilliantly crafted game that pays tribute to its predecessors and then some in a way that brings the freshest and most welcome wave of nostalgia, but it does so in such a beautifully nuanced way that I’ve cried over it more than once.
Over the past week I have played with countless people, from my closest friends to complete strangers and everyone in between.
Regardless of who I’m playing with, we all bond over the little things. We goof off and run around in circles. We play tag with bug nets. We talk about our cute little animal villagers. We all get excited about new creatures for the museum, we share furniture, we trade fruit. We, we, we.
Could it be done on your own? Sure. It is a game meant to be played however the player sees fit. But that bonding is what we as a society desperately need right now in such dark times. So while I may be turning off my Switch for the evening, I know that tomorrow will only bring more joy.
And for a moment, life will be good.
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