Only the lonely don’t own Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Simon and Garfunkel would be proud

Times are tough for those in certain circles that that don’t have the new Animal Crossing. Depending on who you run with on the internet, your Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter feeds could currently be filled to the brim with pictures, anecdotes, and exclamations. They’re even doing a podcast about it now. In a world where millions of people soak in the minutia of other people’s lives through social media, it makes sense that a game about minutia of a virtual life would resonate so deeply.

It’ll be interesting to see if the constant online presence of the game will fade out shortly after launch, as it did for games like BioShock Infinite, or if Animal Crossing‘s “everyday something new happens!” premise will keep people talking about it year round. It’ll also be interesting to see how all the online hoopla will equate into big sales. I’ve quite a few twitter friends fold to their feelings of ostracization and buy the game just to be a part of the conversation. 

Has the desire to feel included ever motivated you to buy a videogame?

What it’s like for people not playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf right now [Tiny Cartridge, via Hannah Lee Stockdale]

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes