Animal Crossing

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.

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