How Animal Crossing New Horizons Helps With Stress


Have you ever heard someone tell a gamer, “it is just a game” when they see the player being really serious into what they are playing? Well, gamers understand that sometimes it is more than just what someone from the outside perceives it to be. Video games can bring out the most competitive side of an individual. Videos games can also be the outlet that one uses to relieve their depression/anxiety/mental health issues. In this article, we are going to discuss one of the most popular video game series’ and its newest version, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. 

What is Animal Crossing: New Horizons? 

Animal Crossing is a social/life simulation video game that was first released in 2001 on the Nintendo GameCube. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the newest addition to the series that was released on March 20th, 2020. Oddly enough, it was released around the time when Covid-19 began to sweep the world into a crazy pandemic frenzy. People around the world did not know how life would be because of the pandemic. However, gamers (and especially Animal Crossing enthusiasts) were extremely delighted that this game would be able to help them cope with the new temporary way of living life. A game that is known for being a stress reliever could not have come out at a more convenient time. 

How gamers are playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons to deal with adverse events

The purpose of the series is for you, the human being, to be the mayor of a town full of animals that are the residents. For almost two decades, gamers have been able to play Animal Crossing and feel a sense of responsibility to take care of their town daily. With Animal Crossing: New Horizons being the first version on the Nintendo Switch, there are a ton of new features that people have been experiencing. Gamers that are stuck at home in a self-quarantine situation have nothing but time to explore their new island and everything that they can do to maintain it. 

Why is Animal Crossing a series loved by gamers of all ages? 

While many games are typically geared towards a specific audience, the Animal Crossing series is suitable for kids and grown adults of all ages. This series has a multitude of purposes other than being a basic game that is played, beaten, and then tossed to the side. It teaches you life lessons about caring for others, being patient even when it looks like there is no reason to, having to work and earn money (bells is the currency in the game) to get the things that you want/need, and so much more. 

During the current pandemic of the Covid-19 (aka Coronavirus) that the entire world is experiencing, it is satisfying to know that something as simple as a video game is making the lives of many people better and more manageable. Animal Crossing: New Horizons has not disappointed its community at all with everything that it has to offer. Many players (now referred to as Resident Representatives and not Mayors) have spent countless hours playing the game for the fun of it, to have something positive to enjoy during a questionable moment in time, and to even help with their mental health. If there is any new game that is highly recommended for an overall good feeling experience, a gamer should play Animal Crossing: New Horizons is at the top of the list. 


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