Animal Crossing

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‘A wonderful escape’: the rise of gaming parents – and grandparents
Video game popularity soared during the pandemic, as people sought distraction and ways to connect with loved ones

Lucy Campbell

07, May, 2021 @10:38 AM

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Lockdown boredom drives UK video games market to £7bn record high
Gaming fans joined by million of newbies in 2020 resulting in £1.6bn more spent compared with 2019

Mark Sweney

19, Mar, 2021 @1:01 AM

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Games prove Christmas hit as UK spends holiday in lockdown
About 25 million logged on to the PC gaming platform Steam on the biggest ever Christmas Day for the video games industry

Alex Hern Technology editor

27, Dec, 2020 @9:00 AM

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The 15 best video games of 2020
A queer coming-of-age story charmed us, a balletic shoot-em-up raised our adrenaline and the star game of lockdown provided a desert-island escape from real life

Keza MacDonald

23, Dec, 2020 @2:35 PM

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Culture to cheer you up during the second lockdown: part one
As parts of the UK enters another month – at least – of being stuck indoors, our critics pick out top music, games, books, TV, dance and art fixes to lift your spirits

Alexis Petridis, Keza MacDonald, Alison Flood, Lucy Mangan, Lyndsey Winship, Jonathan Jones

05, Nov, 2020 @10:51 AM

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'Video game planes emit real carbon': why gaming is not merely guilt-free escapism
Video games seem like radical relief from hard reality, but they’re also deeply implicated in the problems we collectively face

Dan Golding

04, Oct, 2020 @4:30 PM

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Animal Crossing: Biden campaign offers virtual yard signs in Nintendo game
Move is part of effort to make virtual inroads with voters at a time when many traditional campaign events are considered unsafe

Kari Paul in Oakland

01, Sep, 2020 @11:51 PM

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Think Animal Crossing is just a cutesy 'capitalist dystopia'? Think again
Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ simulated paradise is said to have a dark capitalist underbelly. But a popular subreddit where players can donate items reveals the kindness – and generosity – of strangers

Amelia Tait

10, Jun, 2020 @11:30 AM

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Escaping lockdown into a world of video games is nothing to feel guilty about | Francisco Garcia
Right now, we all need to take refuge somewhere, and there are worse things than a few snatched hours on Animal Crossing or Red Dead Redemption, says journalist Francisco Garcia

Francisco Garcia

23, May, 2020 @12:00 PM

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'It’s a way to live out fantasies': how Animal Crossing became fashion's new catwalk
The biggest video game of lockdown has become a new home for fashion lovers where avatars can dress in Prada, Off-White or Sports Banger hoodies

Ellie Violet Bramley

21, May, 2020 @11:28 AM

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The best games of 2020 so far
Resident Evil was reanimated, Coffee Talk brewed up a mindful treat and Final Fantasy VII made our dreams come true

Keza MacDonald and Keith Stuart

15, May, 2020 @5:00 AM

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'It's uniting people': why 11 million are playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Nintendo’s record-breaking new game has been embraced by a world in isolation. Its creators talk about how it was made for sharing

Keza MacDonald

13, May, 2020 @7:30 AM

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