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Pokimane loses it over Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ most annoying bugs

Published: 28/Mar/2020 20:41 Updated: 28/Jul/2020 17:08

by Brent Koepp

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Twitch star Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys lost it during her Animal Crossing: New Horizons broadcast when she was continuously bested by the island’s pesky bugs.

Animal Crossing saw the release of its latest installment New Horizons on March 20. The relaxing social simulation game was a much needed break for players, as they were whisked away to their very own uninhabited tropical island.

However, Twitch personality Pokimane found aspects of the laidback title frustrating, as the land’s wildlife seemed to get the best of her. The streamer lost it when she struggled with the game’s bug catching mechanics.

Pokimane loses it over Animal Crossing’s bugs

The latest Animal Crossing title has taken Twitch by storm, as popular streamers such as Pokimane have been playing it for their viewers. In the series, players are given a net to catch insects and wildlife, however the Moroccan-Canadian has been struggling with this mechanic.

In a hilarious video she uploaded to her YouTube channel on March 27, the star compiled clips of her being bested by the island’s inhabitants. “He was literally in my net!” the streamer exclaimed, after an insect escaped her catching attempt.

In another clip, Poki gets chased by a tarantula, only to get bitten after failing to capture it. She then lost it when another of the bug crawled away from her into a hole, and began to jokingly break down ‘crying’ before ranting, “They got into the water! They fall off ledges! They go into holes!?! Holes!?! Just stay where I put you!”

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Catching insects wasn’t the only thing she had trouble with. She also became frustrated with the game’s fishing, as she accidentally scared off a fish after trying to re-position her hook in the water.

Faced with another hard lesson about the games design, she found herself being swarmed by wasps after chopping down a tree. Only problem is, since she was visiting another island, she had no buildings to run into for cover.

“Oh no, no, no, no! How do I lose them? Oh my God! I can’t go indoors!” she exclaimed, before admitting defeat and getting stung by the pesky insects.

While the streamer seemed to struggle with the creatures, she eventually managed to capture a spider running at her and celebrated the victorious moments – something that all AC players can relate to.

Animal Crossing originally made its North American debut in 2001 on the GameCube, and the adorable simulation franchise has gone on to become a cultural phenomena. Despite releasing a week ago at the time of writing, New Horizons has already become the fastest selling Switch title to date in Japan.

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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.

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.