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Basic Animal Crossing: New Horizons changes would make life way easier

Published: 14/Apr/2020 1:56

by Alan Bernal


A few simple upgrades to Animal Crossing: New Horizons would completely change the game for some players, especially since it would cut down the time to craft and stock up on tools.

There are dozens of elements on an island that need constant upkeep. From weeds to clear, to trees, rocks, and bodies of water to harvest precious resources from.

With every swing of the axe or fishing pole cast, a tool’s durability slowly starts to wear on it until it disappears and breaks from excessive use.

Tools in Animal Crossing can break without a moment’s notice, making it tedious to go back to base and make more.

But the player can run into an annoying problem since New Horizons neither gives people a way to know how much life a given tool has left, or a way to quickly craft a few of the same item if they know they’re about to go on a cleaning spree.

It’s because of those nuances to the game that players have thought up of simple quality of life upgrades that would go a long way to making New Horizons less of a hassle.

A basic life bar under a tool in a player’s inventory would be highly advantageous for villagers to have. User ‘Evagast’ showed how it could look to have a status bar that turns red if your shovel, for example, is about to break.

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This would do away with any guesswork if someone is about to go on a Tarantula Island run or will be far from a crafting station to make new tools.

But even when making new items, there’s still the tedium of having to craft those tools one by one.

However, that could instantly be remedied by user ‘2e7en_’s idea to change the crafting system so that it would let players make multiple items of the same kind with a simple ‘Craft Many’ option.

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The upgrade would let Animal Crossing players make multiple items of the same kind at once.

The idea is to eliminate the default process of having to go through numerous text boxes just to make one item.

Something that would be a joy to have in the game is the ‘Craft Max!’ button in 2e7en’s design that lets players use up all the materials they have in their inventory to make the most with what they’re bringing to the workbench.

These simple Animal Crossing: New Horizons tweaks would let players manage their inventories much better to focus more time into customizing their islands. Whether or not something along these lines will be added in the future, though, remains to be seen.

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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.

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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.