Rappler: While on lockdown, Ayala Museum goes online – and on Animal Crossing

Rappler: While on lockdown, Ayala Museum goes online – and on Animal Crossing. “It was a strange thing to do in the middle of a pandemic – fix one’s things, put on a Filipiniana outfit, and wait anxiously at the airport a full 30 minutes before a scheduled flight. It either makes sense or becomes stranger, perhaps, after I tell you that I’m doing this with a Nintendo Switch as ‘Bea,’ my Animal Crossing New Horizon character (who, unlike this author, sports a cool shade of pink on her tresses). Inside my island’s airport, I was waiting for my Dodo Code, a 5-character code that’d bring me to Flotus, an island that was playing host to the Ayala Museum’s days-long ‘Island Exhibition,’ part of several events to celebrate International Museum Day.”

Getty Iris: How to Build an Art Museum in Animal Crossing

Getty Iris: How to Build an Art Museum in Animal Crossing. “Animal Crossing emulates the joys of the real world, and we especially love going to art museums—so a small team of us banded together to create a way for users to bring museum artwork into their own virtual homes. The generator makes it possible for any image in the Getty Museum’s open-access collection to be transformed into a mini artwork fit for Animal Crossing. You can search art and artists from the collection or choose from some of our favorites in one click, then scan the generated QR code to bring the artwork into your game where it can be used on clothing, wallpaper, canvas, and more.”

Fan-made tools to help you get the most out of Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Fan-made tools to help you get the most out of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. “In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, your NookPhone (the in-game smartphone) helps you keep track of much of the game’s features, with a built-in encyclopedia of critters you’ve found or donated, as well as a progress tracker displaying how far along you are in completing Nook Miles objectives. But some systems, like the ins and outs of the fluctuating Stalk Market for selling turnips and the occasionally resource-rich Mystery Island Tours, have hidden algorithms shrouded in mystery. Others, like your custom design creator, can be limited depending on your creative ambitions. Luckily, players from around the world have been data mining and building third-party tools to help you navigate these areas with ease.”

MIT Technology Review: Why games like Animal Crossing are the new social media of the coronavirus era

MIT Technology Review: Why games like Animal Crossing are the new social media of the coronavirus era. “Released in September, Kind Words was originally designed as an antidote to an increasingly vitriolic internet environment, says co-creator Ziba Scott. In recent weeks, though, it’s taken on an additional role as a comforting, safe way for people to communicate. Last week, the game saw an increase of 17,000 messages from the week before, many of which included words like ‘quarantine,’ ‘covid,’ and ‘sick,’ says Scott. Chris Ferguson, a video game researcher at Stetson University, says that games like Kind Words and Animal Crossing are following in the footsteps of microniche online communities that have popped up over the past few years. Much of the game play is built around the relationships that gamers can form with like-minded players. That’s especially important in the coronavirus era.”