I’m jealous of your Animal Crossing Island – Destructoid


It’s not personal, I promise

Animal crossing is in my driveway – there are adorable animals walking around, the music is soft and relaxing, and much of the gameplay itself makes your town a nicer place to live. On paper, that’s all I want from a game.

In my early forties in 2020, I was on the New Horizons bandwagon with everyone. I was looking for those Nook Miles tickets, and my friends and I would often get together and plan in-game events because we couldn’t see each other in real life. I was having a blast, but when I first started visiting my friends’ islands, I started to feel a little insecure.

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It might be a little hard to believe, but I was in a sorority in college. I know, I know, but I promise you it was a much healthier experience than the media led you to believe. Either way, when you are in a sorority you have to attend all kinds of events like fundraisers and social events with your sisters. Now I had a vague idea of ​​what sororities were, but what I wasn’t aware of was the importance of being able to make things beautiful.

We are talking about party decorations, we are talking about calligraphy, cake decorating and painting canvases to hang on your wall. This is one of the measures by which you can tell how good a sorority girl is going to be, and in every way I was terrible. Not only did I skip events to stay home and play Monitoring with my friends, but any attempt on my part to make something cute from a distance was a complete failure. I was really embarrassed about it at the time, but luckily life after college didn’t really call for those skills anymore.

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Or so I thought. I stepped on my friends Animal crossing islands, and it was like I was back. They had full cafes, little libraries, and flower gardens, and I… didn’t have much at all. At one point, I was trying to do a little homage to the Santa Monica Pier, but I quickly gave up because I didn’t know how to make it look good.

Part of the problem is I go online and see the most amazing things other people have created. Whether it is a cozy bookstore, or a complete recreation of Hogwarts, or just the most stylish and Pinterest-worthy five-star island I’ve ever seen, I find it all so intimidating. I want more than anything to look at these constructions, admire them and take inspiration from my own island, but instead all I feel is this overwhelming jealousy that I couldn’t do this on my own. I see how creative people are with this stuff, and I want to be creative the same way.

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So my island sat sad and abandoned, a monument to my own insecurity. Is my state of mind stupid, petty, and probably a little immature? Yes, but unfortunately it prevents me from playing completely. The same can be said for games like Minecraft, The sims, or anything else you might have to build on. I know I’m being ridiculous, because the point of games like this is just to have fun and be creative, but instead I’m crippled by my doubt. Come to think of it, that can say a lot about how I live the rest of my life …

I recognize the fact that this is entirely a ‘me’ issue, I thought it was so strange to have these feelings from my very traditional Southern college experience that come to the surface over the course of a game like Animal crossing, of all things. To be honest, I’ve never thought about this feeling like this before, and now I think diving back into it might be a way to work on myself, so to speak. With Brewster’s new update coming in the next few months, maybe I should just try another good ol ‘college.


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