I recommended Animal Crossing: New Horizons as a birthday present for this guy’s girlfriend and her island got burgled and now she’s “super upset”, lol

Like everybody else on the planet, Nintendo’s turnips-and-chill sim has been top of my list of Things Keeping Me Distracted From The COVID-19 Pandemic Apocalypse, but now I can add “Bringing Existential Misery and Shame To Others” as a sub-category. Go me.

I don’t actually even remember how I know VoicyZA – probably some sort of forum controversy – but we’re mutuals on Twitter, which is more or less the same thing as BFFs according to the rules of 2020. A week or so back, he asked me if I’d recommend a Nintendo Switch and a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons as a prospective birthday present for his girlfriend, and I told him yes. Because I’m an anarchist like that.

For context, the game includes a “Dodo Code” feature, which is Nintendo for public multiplayer lobbies. With a Dodo Code, random players can visit your island with some limitations – you can’t take things except fruit dropped from trees. But fruit is fast cash in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, so it’s not actually much of a limitation, and besides, what about your sophisticated and elegant domestic aesthetics?


This is probably where, in the interests of “ethics” or whatever, I’d publish my own Dodo Code. But nah, I’m okay.

Anyway, back to Christine with the real news.

Dell’s new 2020 mid-season catalogue is probably contributing to global warming