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Time Flies While Playing Animal Crossing

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Started my Animal Crossing journey as a middle schooler, now I'm in my Senior Year of high school. What's happened so far?

Release of New Horizons

March 20, 2020. I remember that day pretty well. It was the first day of spring, as well as the release date for a game from one of my favorite game series: Animal Crossing New Horizons.

I was a freshman in high school, and growing up with hardly any money for luxuries, I didn't know much about the Animal Crossing series, the only Animal Crossing game I've played before New Horizons was Pocket Camp.

The attention New Horizons gained online made me interested in the game myself, but I didn't have a Switch at the release of it, so I could only experience the game from the sidelines in the perspective of other

It's 2022, and I'm entering my Senior year in high school. Only recently have I come to realize that time really does fly. We age and don't even notice it (or maybe some of us notice it I don't know), going from 15-years-old to 17-years-old in the blink of an eye. I now have a Switch, along with New Horizons, and the amount of time that has passed since March of 2020 has me shocked that so much has happened since the release of this fun little game.

My character in Animal Crossing New Horizons posing for the camera.

My character in Animal Crossing New Horizons posing for the camera.

Stuck Playing Pocket Camp

As I mentioned earlier, New Horizons was released on March 20, 2020, for the Nintendo Switch. At this time, I didn't have a Switch, so I was unfortunately part of the "Stuck Playing Pocket Camp" crew.

Pocket Camp is a nice game in itself. I did enjoy playing it occasionally, but as time went on, the game became redundant to me. The mass number of events, villagers, crafting, and updates made the game somewhat overwhelming, and I quickly lost interest in it. Things felt repetitive: fishing, bug catching, villager requests, and campsite upgrades just got boring after a while.

What felt like the game's "Gacha System" made it even more unbearable. Items I wanted that were locked behind fortune cookies and Leaf Tickets were only things I could dream of having.

These factors and more had me itching for a different experience and one that I could take at my own pace, and not feel like I was on a time limit every single day.

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Finally Getting a Nintendo Switch

After 9 months of waiting for the chance to play the latest Animal Crossing game, the day finally came. On Christmas Day of 2020, I was gifted a Nintendo Switch Light by my parents (for those curious, mine is teal).

I finally got the chance to play New Horizons and oh boy, it was an experience. From the Visuals to the small little details, it was a jaw dropping experience for me.

My character in Animal Crossing New Horizons sitting on a bench in the Butterfly Museum exhibit.

My character in Animal Crossing New Horizons sitting on a bench in the Butterfly Museum exhibit.

Game Burnout

Like every game I play, I eventually got burnout for New Horizons. Around the time I started my Junior Year of High School (in 2021), I just stopped playing the game entirely. I even forgot that I had a Nintendo Switch because I didn't pick it up for months on end. I got so wrapped up in school, personal issues, and more, that I just abandoned my island.

My character in New Horizons learning some DIY recipes.

My character in New Horizons learning some DIY recipes.

Getting Back Into the Game

It wasn't until this summer when I found my lost passion for Animal Crossing again. I heard news about updates being added into the game packed with new content. I dusted off my Switch and launched Animal Crossing.

I was shocked to see the vast amount of new content the game added. From cooking to boat tours, and even a cafe in the museum!

Overall, this is a much better experience than Pocket Camp, and the new updates added for some fun activities and more creative opportunities in the game, and I can't wait to try them!

Ending Disclaimer

This is based on my personal experience playing Animal Crossing. I may feel something that you don't and vice versa. Please don't take what I say as fact. I encourage you to play New Horizons and Pocket Camp on your own time for the full experience of both.

This is also my first time doing something like this, so this article is extremely short, and I apologize for that.

© 2022 Sarah

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