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How to time travel in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 25/Mar/2020 0:25 Updated: 28/Mar/2020 17:51

by Bill Cooney


There’s a way to change time in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, experiencing the different seasons and all that comes with them without having to wait, but using it could come at a price.

New Horizons, like past Animal Crossing games, happens in real-time synched to your system clock – so if it’s noon on a certain day in real life, it will be noon in the game as well.

But, there is a way to speed things up if you’ve already netted, fished, and collected everything that March has to offer or if you just want to check out more of the game’s content.

New Horizons simulates all four seasons but players don’t have to sit around and wait for them to arrive.

How to change date and time in Animal Crossing

The time travel cheat is the same, well-known one that’s been in the Animal Crossing community forever, and if you’ve ever played any of the games you’ve probably heard about it before. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

  1. Go to the home screen make sure Animal Crossing is closed.
  2. Head over to System Settings and select “date and time” and turn off the “synchronize clock via the internet” option.
  3. Set your time and date to whatever you want.
  4. Open Animal Crossing back up and check it out.

But, before you go jumping through time it’s important to note that things in the game will continue and simulate as if you had not been there. So weeds will cover your island and some of your favorite villagers might decide to hit the road, which can be a major bummer.

You don’t necessarily have to change things by months and weeks though, you could simply change it from day to night in order to try and catch a certain fish or bug instead of waiting to do it later. Smaller time changes would also make it less likely your villagers will split on you.

You can always make new friends in Animal Crossing if you do decide to head into a new season though.

Obviously for all the collectors out there being able to travel through time will allow them to race to completion even faster, and you’ll also earn massive amounts of interest on Bells stored in your account during the change, but not the ones in your pockets, obviously.

If you have three other friends willing to participate, you could even set it up to have each person’s island on a different season at the same time, and visit them at your leisure.

Making big Bells fast means you’ll have to wave goodbye to some neighbors and be ready to pull some weeds.

One of the biggest downsides, though, would be that this cheat kind of ruins New Horizon’s continuity. But, in the end, it really all depends on how you want to play the game.

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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.