Animal Crossing

How to create a garden for your Animal Crossing: New Horizons villagers

Published: 18/Apr/2020 1:14

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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While making your own garden in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a priority for many players, it is actually possible to make a nice one for each of your villagers too.

One of the biggest challenges in all Animal Crossing games is trying to decide how to decorate your town, and New Horizons is definitely no exception. Especially since it comes with many more customization features than previous entries in the series – fences, terraforming, and being able to place furniture outside being just three new things you can do.

Players will often try and give their houses a nice garden to add some decor to the neighborhood, especially if they’ve managed to pay off Tom Nook’s loan – why not celebrate being debt-free by making yourself your very own front yard? While that’s as far as it goes for some, you can actually give your villagers their own, too.

New Horizons villager gardens

Reddit user ‘Surfiee‘ shared a video on April 17 that showed just how you can achieve a gorgeous front yard for your villagers – even giving each one their own fence for a true sense of privacy, and making them all different, too.

In the clip, every garden consists of the same layout, but is personalized for each animal with their own outdoor furniture, flowers, and type of tree. They gave each character their own trash can as well, because after all, nobody likes a communal bin, do they?

All the houses are placed next to each other to create a neighborhood of sorts, which looks really beautiful and is a genius way of creating more space around your island for other attractions.

The user also shared the layout of their gardens in a separate comment, making it easier for players to mimic their creations in their own games. If you remember that each house takes up a 4×3 grid, plotting everything around that is easy.

Each yard consists of a total space of 9×8 tiles, including the fence, and allows space for a flower patch, pathways, a tree, and outdoor furniture.

Obviously you don’t need to follow this with 100% accuracy, but it makes for a useful guide when figuring out how to set up and style your villagers’ gardens.

Reddit: Surfiee
Surfiee’s layout plan is a great base for figuring out how you want the gardens to look.

One of the other tools introduced in New Horizons is terraforming, which is a Nook Phone tool that allows players to manipulate the layout of their towns by editing the rivers and cliffs.

Combine this with making a perfect neighborhood for your housing and you’ve got an impressive island everyone will be jealous of.

Animal Crossing

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.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons hairstyle winter update
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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.