As I said in my opinion piece on Animal Crossing: New Horizons the other day, the game helped a lot this year. It kept me sane in what was a strange time, and it seems that I am not the only one it helped. The National Videogame Museum (NVM) has announced a new project; Animal Crossing Diaries. With support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Museum Association, the Animal Crossing project aims to highlight those heled by the game. And NVM wants the players to be involved.
For some the game was just a means of calm during a rather chaotic time. Many people took to the game as a means of meeting friends and loved ones while unable to in real-life. Some even held celebrations on the game, with everything meeting on one island. It is this that the project wishes to focus on. Iain Simons, Director of Culture for the NVM, says:
“Animal Crossing is the perfect experience for a lockdown. The coincidental timing of its release provided a welcome relief for millions of people who wanted to go outdoors but couldn’t, who wanted to meet friends but weren’t allowed. It’s no surprise that this incredibly creative, social space became a safe haven for millions during this turbulent year. We’re inviting participants to submit their thoughts, feelings and experiences in any way that suits them. This is a totally open call that invites many to get involved.”
The types of content that you can enter include any written pieces you have posted, a video tour showing areas where events have taken place, an audio file of you and friends discussing the game and many more! Those of you who wish to enter can do so on the project’s site! What were you experiences playing New Horizons during the lockdown? Or did you grab it later in the year? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @games_bulletin!