What makes Animal Crossing games so popular?

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Most video games give you an objective or series of objectives to complete through various levels packed with action, puzzles or even scares. Once you’ve completed those objectives, the game ends. Once you complete it, there’s not much of a point in going back, especially if you’ve already gotten all the achievements.

Animal Crossing is different because it never ends. Sure, it does give you an objective at the beginning (paying what you owe to Nook).

But once you’ve finished your “mission”, you can still play, it never really ends.

Even if you get every fish, fossil, bug, and piece of art in the game, you’re not going to get a screen congratulating you.

Because in this game it’s not about skill or reaction times, people play this game to relax, to forget the real world for a while. Sure, it might not be a masterpiece like, say, the Bioshock franchise, but if there’s a reason the AC franchise has stayed alive for so long, it’s because it focuses on doing something unique, and it does it right.

Of course, it’s not a perfect game, not everyone is going to like it, and that’s fine. Despite all the good things I just said about this game, it’s far from being what I consider the best game ever. I’d rather play games like Shin Megami Tensei or Bayonetta.

This game is special, because it’s the sort of game people need, especially in trying times like these. Sometimes you don’t feel like shooting an enemy. Sometimes you just want to hug your virtual cat friend, as he tells you that everything is going to be okay.

What is your take on Animal Crossing games? Please let me know in the comments. I would be more than happy to know your thoughts!

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