I used to be a member of an old Animal Crossing forum, long defunct by now, I'd assume. I had played ACNL on its U.S. launch, when nobody knew much about the game and we were all helping each other. The moment I got the request for the Dream Suite, I immediately asked for everyone's code in anticipation of when it was finally built. The forum was so crazy over getting the dream codes that one of the site's admins set up a megathread, where people could post codes and critique others' towns. By the time the Public Works Project was finished for me, as I had no Bells and was frankly terrible at fishing and bug-catching, there was already over ten pages of codes to the thread's name. Over a period of three days with little sleep, I tried every one. Most of them were a bit lackluster, some were quite impressive, but the only one that really stuck out to me, and the one I'll be talking about, was buried in the second page of the thread. The town was called Zero and the mayor was named AAA. Really creative. In hindsight, all things aside I have no idea why I even bothered to visit this town; I wasn't possibly expecting a particularly creative display. But for the sake of being thorough, I tried it anyway. The town was a complete mess in a way that seemed inexplicable. The game had only been out for a few weeks, but Zero looked as if it'd been neglected for years, while still being at the right time. Weeds occupied every space of land that wasn't filled with garbage. The mayor's house was fully built, and one-half of the whole town was covered with solid black paths. When I went to go look at the mayor's house, I noticed that there were only four villagers, which, due to others moving in, would be impossible for someone with the Dream Suite unlocked. The mayor AAA was outside her house, and her quote read 'I love Marina.' When I went into her house, a message came up saying, 'No one's home.' It hadn't dawned on me at the time that no player's house in a dream, or anytime for that matter, could tell you no one was home, but the unusual part to me was that it let me in anyway. Her house was entirely dark, and in every room the walls were the same solid black and almost-broken axes littered the floor, except for the basement. The basement had Marina's picture in the middle of the room, with four red dolls looking in on the picture. The walls were still black, except for three patterns hung up on the walls that formed 'I love Marina.' Under the patterns were three octopi - the kind you can catch deep-sea-diving - in tanks on the floor. After seeing this, my next stop was Marina's house. It clearly wasn't original, the walls and floor in Marina's house were changed to a dark grey, and they looked to have no textures. Marina's catchphrase had been changed to '000'. I thought about visiting the rest of the villagers' houses, but my battery was dying, so I left Marina's house with a sense of uneasiness. As I went out her door, though, my player passed out, like after being stung by a scorpion or bitten by a tarantula, and I woke up outside AAA's house. Without any of my own input, I talked to AAA again, and her quote had changed since the time I spoke to her. 'I love Marina. S1384758390'. You couldn't use numbers in your TPC quote. But I couldn't think of that at the time. Because, S1384758390, the number, wasn't random. It was the serial code printed on the back of my 3DS. I went back to the forum to report the user. She was clearly hacking, and she might've even been involved in more unsettling affairs. The thread was still there, but the option to report the user who posted the code led to a 404. I tried to reach out to an administrator, but none of them were online. Since then my ACNL file was completely corrupted, and I had to start over again. It didn't help my cause that one of my new villagers was Marina.
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I had named the new town Hanamura. After I got everything set up, though, I left it for a year, at the very first stage of growth, with my mayor still in a tent. I just didn't want to play it anymore, until I rediscovered later it having forgotten the events prior. This is the account I have from Feb. 4, 2014, the day I came back to Hanamura. The original YouTube video I made was lost due to mass spam reports, and the phone I had the old footage on has long since been sold.
When starting up, Isabelle informed me how it had been a long time since I last played, but I knew, and honestly just wanted to see how much had changed. There were weeds everywhere and my town was a mess, but this was to be expected. I checked the map and noticed that Marina hadn't left, even after all this time. I decided to go into her house, and saw that it wasn't lit up from the inside. Despite this, when I walked up to the door and pressed A to see if she was still sleeping or if she was around town, it let me go inside. In her house was Marina. Just Marina. There was no furniture in her house, and her walls were textureless just like Zero Marina's walls were. I decided to talk to Marina, standing in the middle of her house. "000." I talked to her again, but it was all she said. I went to the other villagers' houses, but none of them let me go inside. I explored Hanamura, but as I reached my own house the sky seemed to get darker and darker, so much that it was almost pitch black by the time I reached my door. I walked inside and turned on the light. My front room had completely black walls, with patterns hung at random spots. I noticed that the patterns were previous flags I had made back before Zero corrupted that save. I couldn't explain it, but a more significant addition to the room, a cat villager model with no texture standing in a motionless T-pose, beckoned for my attention. I tried to ignore it out of dread, and check the rest of the rooms, but they all looked the same, wallpapered in a pattern that had the word "Mayor" crudely scrawled, floors covered in almost-broken axes. I had no idea what this meant, if anything. But I knew now that I'd seen everything. Seen all that Hanamura had to offer. Except for the the villager. I had to do the one thing I tried as hard as I could to outrun. I had to see the frozen, dummied villager through to its end if I wanted to progress. I reluctantly moved over to the static cat and pressed A, hoping only for the best, that the villager had nothing to say. I was right, at first, as villager's text box was completely empty, and the game had locked up. I decided after a period of putting my curiosities to rest to take this and run with it, and decided to finally close out the game. But the game had frozen so chaotically that the system was hard-locked. The power wouldn't work, the home button wouldn't work, and closing the lid led to the game's audio playing scratchily under the screen and nothing actually shutting off. After I mashed the buttons and D-pad in a frantic stir just wanting something, anything to happen, after the speakers emitted a splitting buzz similar in frequency to an emulator crash, the game resumed its route and the dummy villager had dialogue. "mayor" "mayor" "mayor" "000" "AAA" "S1384758390" "mayorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" The last 'Mayor' was so long it hung off the text box and started to appear at the top of the screen. I wanted to turn the game off and never touch it again. Now that it wasn't frozen, I could if I wanted too. But I didn't have the judgement to put something like this down so easily. It couldn't be so easy to get "rid" of something like this. I'd never truly forget about it. But I couldn't let something like this stay hidden, either . I had to let someone know that this happened, somehow. I thought about taking screenshots from the game, but screenshots like that could easily be faked, and it would be pointless. The solution I found of was to film it from the console itself. My 3DS was laid on my bed, and my phone was in my hand. I went through everything I myself had seen, and checked my bottom-screen menu, which I hadn't actually done previously. My name was blacked out and replaced with a square. My TPC comment was unsettling: "S1384758390". I showed the back of my console to prove it was my serial number. My inventory was filled with axes, and the icon of my player showed her holding an axe, despite the fact that she had nothing in her hands. I couldn't remove the invisible axe or any of the axes in my pockets, because it wouldn't even give me the option. I went back to my house to see if anything had changed since I checked my inventory, and to demonstrate the darkening of the sky as I approached it. I walked up to my door one last time. "No one's home." It was my house. And it wouldn't even let me in. I made an attempt to visit the other places, unsure if I could do anything about my house at this point. I tried Retail, and was able to go in, but the only thing on display were axes. Axes had appeared regularly in this town, so I wasn't surprised, but more so curious. What did axes have to do with the message this iteration of Hanamura was obviously trying to tell? What had I gotten into with the dream code that day? I talked to Reese. "000 S1384758390". When I left Retail, the invisible axe had finally materialized in my hands, showing itself to be a silver axe. The pitch black sky had stayed with me after I left my house. I went to Marina's house as the last stop before I could publish the video. While Marina's house had stayed the same, her nametag had been changed to '000', and her dialogue had been completely rewritten.
"Are you S1384758390? Yes/No" "No." "Are you AAA?" "No." "Do you love Marina?" "Yes." "Am I Marina?" "Yes." "I am not Marina." "Are you S1384758390?" I choked back my uneasiness... "Yes." "Thank you for your compliance."
The game shut off and I couldn't turn the system back on. As soon as my phone stopped recording, it shut off as well. My laptop on the desk across from me had been asleep during the entire session, but when I looked back at it it was open to the forum I'd met AAA on. She'd sent me a direct message ten minutes ago.
"Thank you for your compliance."
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By popular demand, SKIWC/000 Part 3 is a reality! I decided to take a different, more objective approach to writing here, picking up where the original story would really run out of substance. Please tell me if you like this style more or less.
One year later, under a different narrator with no connection to the first one
It was coined the Bluefish Effect, so because its first recorded happening was supposedly in a town called Bluefish. While confusing and often devastating to those who experience it, coders and modders are working on a comprehensive explanation for the phenomenon and getting closer every day to cracking its mystery.
The effect, in essence, is mostly similar to a virus created for Animal Crossing. Dream codes created to be Bluefish are basically game hacks that are fundamentally botched on purpose. Although the most deceptive towns look fine on the outside and some less skillful traps show clear signs of corruption, the one thing they all have in common is that they set out to cause harm to the towns of players who visit them, and in some exceptional cases execute arbitrary code which could do much, much worse.
But the only defense we have against the Bluefish Effect is knowledge. Knowledge discovered and perfected by people like me.
The current database I have on notable Bluefish towns
Nova - Crashes upon loading and corrupts save. Anybody - Looks to be a town in early growth stages, but upon reloading your save, all your patterns are erased. KilleR - Changes your name to R and blocks off your Main Street. RAM - Places a rock outside your house, so you get stuck in a loop every time you play. (name displays incorrectly) - Removes your trees and villagers. Bluefish- Runs a brick on your entire 3DS which, without backups, is irreversible. Fans have coined the term 'to Bluefish', meaning 'to glitch/break a/n [AC] game.'
There are a lot out there, but most of them have effects too similar to document here.
I've reported back from my hacking form with news of a new Bluefish. According to the user, she has memories of a friend of hers being sent an infected Gamecube memory card through the mail ten or so years ago...I asked around about the memory card, and except for hearing legends, a user by the name of Ai_Love03 claimed that it'd been distributed for a while in the Arizona area at swap meets.
The town was called Aya. I've made it my personal goal to compile extensive information on every Bluefish on Earth.
And Aya will be no exception.
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