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Animal Crossing player creates “catalog island” to buy every item

Published: 8/Jul/2020 18:01

by Alice Hearing

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Any player of Animal Crossing: New Horizons understands that obtaining every single possible item from Nook’s Cranny is a huge achievement. It takes many hundreds of hours of gameplay to collect every wallpaper, flooring, K.K. Slider song, piece of furniture, item of clothing, villagers posters.

But one player has announced the creation of a “Catalog Island” after months of collecting and 3 weeks of setting up. The island offers a place to go and peruse and pick up every single item you desire, all for free. On Twitter, @Jaiofeden is giving players the chance to visit the island by asking users to retweet and follow her account.

The Island is meticulously organized. Naturally grouped all together are Flooring and Wallpaper, K.K. Slider Songs, Plants, Beach items, and wall-mounted items. A giant part of the beach is dedicated to Miscellaneous items, placed next to all throwback items.

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“Catalog Island” is meticulously organized

A separate section is also dedicated to villager posters with sub-categories: new villagers, Sanrio, non-playable characters.

The other main sections are organized by room or use. “Kitchen Heaven” contains all kitchen and diner items, “Recreational Kingdom” contains all gym and arcade items and all lamps, “Restroom and More” includes instruments, bears and electronics as well as bathroom items, while “Bedroom and Living room Utopia” does what it says on the tin.

Jai hopes to do an update in the near future with every single rug from Saharah, who sells mystery rugs, flooring, and wallpaper.

Since the island’s opening, Jai has been showered with praise, with one visitor saying “that is the most beautiful, most organized island I’ve ever seen… I already ordered like 60 things”

How to get invited

Jai invites 4 players at a time and uses more than one method to select those visitors. Jai specifies that in order to be invited you must be a follower. She will often take a selection from people who have retweeted her or commented on a tweet that day.

She also specifies that she will not accept accounts with no profile picture and no followers as those profiles cannot be accountable for stealing.

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Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing

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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.

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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.