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Tom Nook (Middle), Timmy and Tommy Nook from Animal Crossing: New Horizons®. Image Source

On March 20th, 2020, in the fervor of layoffs, last-minute solutions for tele-work and widespread panic from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the newest version of a prestigious video game franchise was released, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. To describe the game’s overall spirit, take a moment and imagine if the emotions “peaceful”, “creative” and “happy” could be encapsulated into a quarter-sized cartridge. The life / social simulation game takes you to an uninhabited island where you and a group of anthropomorphic animals (well, mostly you) are in charge of developing the island into a dream vacation destination. …

Mario Sobrino

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