Last Updated on July 7, 2020 by Marie Bautista
Can’t go outside? The Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing:New Horizons video game offers a candy-colored substitute for real life and is a great quarantine fix.
Quarantine turned my life upside down.
BUSY suddenly meant:
- not knowing what the days were,
- disinfecting grocery items I just bought,
- trying out quarantine food craze like the Dalgona coffee and baked sushi,
- watching kdramas way into the wee hours of the morning,
- and transforming my island into one ROCKING VILLAGE.
Wait. What? You have an island???
I do! And you can have one, too with Animal Crossing: New Horizons!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a fun video game for the Nintendo Switch has become really hot this quarantine.
Its simplicity is what I love. I get to nurture my thirst for social life in this age of social distancing by turning a small, cute island into a busy community.
but I get to go out (without a mask!) in this pretty, make-believe island.
This Game Relaxes You During This Lockdown
Animal Crossing is a very relaxing game with regular activities you do in life like making friends, decorating your house, taking out and paying your loan.
Animal Crossing is so laid back, which I really love.
(My daughter does not, though, because “Hey, you did get that Nintendo Switch for my birthday and I can’t even hold it!” So I am getting myself a new one that I can call my own!)
You could spend your day getting the latest gossip with the island’s animals or you can go ahead and add rooms to your house!
That is after you have paid Tom Nook, the raccoon real estate tycoon.
Most days, I just spend time on my island walking along the beach and collecting seashells.
Sometimes, I dream of having a tulip farm like this one:
The Animal Crossing Island runs in real time!
12 Midnight in your life is 12 Midnight in the game.
This in effect made me feel like I have a Tamagochi pet with the commitment I had to make for the game.
However, now that we are locked down inside the four corners of our home, why not spend hours in the company of unmasked, charming cartoon characters in my make-believe island?
At a time when the corona virus threat is still so real, with a vaccine still not foreseeable in the future, who would not want to have a place to escape from?
It does not matter if your escape is discovering the chef in you, or watching Korean dramas, or organizing your virtual home.
What matters is that you are managing your anxiety with a little help from these anti-stressors.