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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Museum Day guide – Stamp Rally & rewards

Published: 18/May/2020 17:50 Updated: 18/May/2020 17:52

by Meg Bethany Koepp


International Museum Day is hitting Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the second half of May, and brings along a whole host of rewards that you’ll definitely want to get your hands on.

One of the new aspects of the latest Animal Crossing is that many events aren’t coded into the base game, meaning Nintendo has to push them out with updates – perfect for keeping New Horizons fresh for years to come. Players have already enjoyed Bunny Day, Earth Day, and May Day, and now International Museum Day is almost here.

The event isn’t actually a “day” like it would seem – instead, it actually runs from May 18 to the 31st meaning fans don’t need to rush in order to claim all of the prizes. For everything you need to know about the epic celebration, keep on reading.

Blathers’ Stamp Rally

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Speak to Blathers on the 18th to start the Stamp Rally.

Upon booting up the game on May 18, Isabelle will tell you that it’s International Museum Day – hooray! Then make your way to Blathers, who will give you your own Stamp Cards for the fish, bugs, and fossil exhibits.

Each exhibit section will have its own set of little stamp tables in different areas, which you will need to visit to completely fill out your Card. You’ll be able to collect all of the stamps at once, so it is possible to complete the Day all at once rather than spread across the two weeks.

International Museum Day rewards

There are only three rewards – one for each of the museum’s fish, bug, and fossil sections. You get one upon completion of each exhibit Stamp Card. All are wall-mounted plaques which can be displayed in your home.

The three plaques you get for finishing the Museum Day objectives.

It’s worth noting that the event won’t start until May 18 in real life, so time travellers looking to get the jump on the festivities are out of luck as the game needs to sync up with the internet to verify the date.

You won’t need a certain amount of donations to participate in the event, though if you’re not caught up on your fish and bugs, check out our guide for May here.

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Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing


Animal Crossing: New Horizons players appear to be quite divided on one part of the new winter update, as it allowed for a more inclusive range of hairstyles.

On November 19, Nintendo enabled the game’s winter update. Excitement has revolved around new hip reactions that will let them sit on the ground, do workouts and yoga, like many have seen their villagers do on their islands.

The content refresh also includes six new hairstyles: afro, afro puffs, cornrows, buzz cut with faded sides, voluminous curls, and even a bald look. New additions have been a welcome change for people of color playing the game, who wanted to see themselves represented.

Previous versions of the game came under fire for a lack of representation. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, some players were forced to play around with the tan feature to give their characters their actual skin tone.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons hairstyle winter update
Nintendo added six new hairstyles to the game in its Winter update

While New Horizons finally represents a far wider variety of skin tones, players felt that not enough had been done for representation and even created a petition in August asking for more inclusive hairstyles.

The campaign ended in victory, but the update has actually been dividing the community on Twitter. A debate has erupted as to whether it can be deemed cultural appropriation if white players use some of the new hairstyles.

It all began on the day after the update launched when user stardewleaf tweeted an image of a white in-game character with what they called “Space buns”. It has sparked a huge debate with many people taking offense that a white user was using a hairstyle added to represent people of color.

One user responded: “They’re not space buns, they’re afro puffs made for POC”, while another explained why people had taken offense, adding: “The reason people are p**sed off is because we don’t really have a lot of hair options that represent us in Animal Crossing, and you do. Then you specifically choose that one, despite what you others pick from.”

Another person defended the style, saying: “As a white person with curly hair, these could in fact be what a white girl’s bun looks like. They’re both afro puffs and buns, games are games.”

Several other people commented that they felt the debate as a whole was ridiculous and trivial: “No one who gets mad at another person enjoying a hairstyle in a video game is worth listening to.”

The original tweet now has more than 5,000 responses and the number still continues to grow.

In general terms, the decision to have additional hairstyles and more representation incorporated into the Animal Crossing world has been a popular move.