A game of relaxation, exploration, and imagination- what’s not to like? This episode is a review of one of the best selling games of all time, Animal Crossing. We talk about its role during the pandemic and its merits as a tool for coping with mental health challenges. Some twists and turns ensue and our conclusions are unexpected.
2:02 – information about the franchise.
8:34 – mobile vs console games; simulation games.
15:55 – ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ review
24:29 – polarizing nature of Animal Crossing (what is its appeal?)
29:11 – themes of consumerism and sustainability; ‘pastoral capitalism’.
35:30 – our conclusions on the benefit/harm of relaxation through simulation and escapism.