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How to take the best screenshots in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 25/May/2020 21:03

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Taking screenshots in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a lot more complex in the Nintendo Switch title than it was in older games, and it can seem daunting trying to figure out how to get the perfect shot. Here are our tips and tricks.

In previous Animal Crossing titles, taking a screenshot literally just meant pressing one or two buttons – if it had the feature at all. There were barely any ways to take a stylish pic, and if you wanted a filter on it, you had to export it onto your PC or phone, and then run it through a photo-editing app.

All that changed with New Horizons, as your in-game NookPhone allows you to capture your gameplay in a new way thanks to the Camera application. Taking a great screenshot can be tricky to get to grips with though, especially with all the fresh features that come along with it – but that’s why we’re here to help you master the basics.

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You can take great photos of your island scenery.

New Horizons screenshot guide

The Camera application houses several different features: in and out zoom, filters, frames, a whistle to get villagers to look directly towards you, your Reaction wheel, and the ability to change angles to either zoomed out, mid, or close up. How you use them then depends on the type of shot you want to take.

Let’s say you want to take a nice photograph of your island scenery like in the image above, but you don’t want your character in it, so what do you do? The clever use of angles while also hiding behind a tree makes it so nobody will ever know you’re there – our sprite is hidden in the back, blocked out by the greenery, but you’d never guess.

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You can also get your villagers to pose with you for some adorable shots.

There will also be times where your villagers will interact with you and with each other, which can make the perfect time to take a cute screenshot. It’s easier to do if you visit somebody’s house, but it can be done outside – or even with amiibo figures and cards at Harvey’s Island.

Placing furniture outside increases your chances of witnessing an adorable interaction, much like in the photo above where Lolly and Flurry are eating lunch together with our character. Using the whistle makes everybody in the picture look towards the camera, and is perfect when paired with a Reaction emote.

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There’s a trick to getting a diagonal camera angle, too.

While there’s three ‘official’ angles when taking a screenshot, there’s also a fourth, but it’s not actually in the app. To take a diagonal photo, you’ll need to pick up the mailbox outside of your house – yes, you can move it! Position it to the left of whatever you want to take a still of.

When you open it, it’ll swerve the camera diagonally for a second, and this is when you’re going to want to get trigger happy with the screenshot button. If you’re too slow and the mail UI pops up, simply exit out and try again until you get it.

Obviously, your character will be in the left side of the picture, so just move it over to your PC or phone, crop it out using a photo editor, and you’ll have a perfectly positioned shot.

For all of your pics, you can use the in-game filters and frames to jazz them up – for example, the black and white and sepia options give your image a vintage look, or you can make it Instagram ready with ones that play around with brightness and contrast.

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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.