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Adorable Overwatch crossover turns Animal Crossing villagers into heroes

Published: 11/Apr/2020 21:39

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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With what is one of the most unlikely crossovers ever, a group of Overwatch fans decided to see what it would look like if Animal Crossing villagers came to the hero shooter – and it’s actually really adorable.

When playing Animal Crossing, the last thing you probably think about is Overwatch, and vice versa. They’re both on two very different levels of gameplay, with one being a crazy, fast-paced FPS and the other being a chilled out and relaxing life simulation.

Esports group Elo Hell did just that, though, and combined the two in what is probably the cutest video game franchise pairing you’ll ever seen. AC Overwatch skins, when?

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The concept takes the FPS’s selection screen and turns all of the available characters into adorable villagers. Straight away, in one of the most fitting choices, Ana is replaced by snooty cat Ankha who looks just like an Egyptian pharaoh. The support hero was born in Egypt and is based in Cairo, and even bears a tattoo of the Eye of Horus, making the kitty the perfect match.

Another great fit is peppy rabbit Ruby in place of tank D.Va. The mech hero’s signature emblem is a pink bunny with a fierce facial expression, so it comes as little surprise that they went for the white and pink hare to represent her.

In one of the more menacing picks, Junkrat is interchanged with mouse Bella, who has a creepy smile etched across her face – much like the DPS character does when causing mayhem.

Another appropriate choice is Roscoe for Reaper. The cranky villager is the dark horse of the series – literally – which makes him the best fit for the deathly damage-per-second character. Especially since the AC villager has piercing red eyes, which are just as threatening as the mercenary’s skull-shaped hood.

The most fitting of all, however, is Wrecking Ball’s replacement – Graham the smug hamster. Inside the ball sits Hammond, an adorable yet deadly rodent who uses his mech to speak via soundboard.

In Animal Crossing, the villager is known to be a tech fiend, hoarding several computers and other pieces of equipment in his house, which makes him the ideal candidate.

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The hamster is obsessed with technology.

The latest addition to the Animal Crossing series, New Horizons, released on March 20 to rave reviews from critics and fans alike, and quickly became the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch title to date.

It’s so popular that even esports organizations like 100 Thieves have put their merch in the game.

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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.