For many people the release of one of the most anticipated games of the year, Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch, flew right under the radar. You could be forgiven for dismissing this cute game about building your own settlement on an island with a group of friendly animals as ‘something for the kids’ but the game has very much hit the mainstream. Since its release a month ago, Animal Crossing has been attracting players of all ages worldwide, even actor Elijah Wood has apparently built his own Island home in game.
And while there have been some reports of it destroying the odd relationship or two:
The game has been pretty well received. So well received that some, desperate to improve their virtual homes, have enlisted the aid of interior designers. Digital video game publication Polygon has recently released a video explaining how interior design techniques applied to the game can be used to make players virtual spaces feel more like a home:
And somehow they actually work. Despite this being a game where a raccoon landlord constantly harasses you for the rent you owe him these real world techniques when applied make the virtual spaces roomier and more like a place you’d actually want to live. You can also invite friends who have the game around to check out your newly designed spaces, something that, because of COVID-19, we can’t do in real life anymore.
In fact there’s a good chance the Animal Crossing world is now better than the real one. They have their own economics system:
You can visit art galleries:
And like we said earlier impress your friends with your amazingly designed spaces:
actually… maybe scratch that last one.