ACNH & The Unlikely Gamer

A woman wearing a virtual headset jumping in the air

The name 'The Unlikely Gamer' came about when I decided to make a film for inclusion in the National Videogame Museum's Animal Crossing Diaries archive. The Museum is creating the archive to document the popularity of the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch during the lockdown. The game was released, just as the lockdown started, in March 2020. By February 2021 it had sold over 31 million copies worldwide, making it one of Nintendo's most popular games ever.

I started playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons because I had been unwell for six months, by the time it was released, and I was feeling well enough to be starting to get bored; but not well enough to do anything too energy intensive. For me, Animal Crossing was the perfect solution! It gave me some easy entertainment and I could play it whilst lying in bed, or on the sofa (under a blanket!). As the months passed, the hours I spent playing on my Island gradually built up - until I had eventually wracked up enough hours for even my son to do a double take (he had previously been thought of as being the gamer in the family...).

If you would like to know more about my experience of playing the game, please be encouraged to take a look at my film. I still enjoy playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons today. Although the lockdown has ended for a lot of people, many of us living with a chronic illness still spend most (if not all) of our days at home, depending on the severity of our illness.

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