15 years ago Animal Crossing Wild World was my first game in the series. I'll dive deep: It gave me friends when I didn't have any, let me explore when I couldn't, and gave me a warm & loving place to always call home. I remember been awestruck by the events, or catching critters i've never thought existed. It may have been a 16 acre town, but it really felt like the world to me.
I learned to appreciate the cranky villagers too! As my profile shows Camofrog, he and Butch lived in my town and I remember trying so hard to earn their affection, and help them feel welcomed in my town. Ah the good ol days when personalities actually was a thing in AC haha. I really learned to appreciate the cranky villagers for their complexity - and saw a correlation in real life in how I would engage with kids that were outcasted or alone.
AC really was everything Katsuya Eguchi wanted for the players: a game for family, friendship, and community. I can't calculate down to the bone how the game may have changed me, but it was definitely an experience I would never trade away. I'll never stop playing AC, and look forward to a future where I could someday introduce the game to my kids and play with them.
Park Ranger at Patagatcha National Park
Keeping the peace for all critters and Animal Crossing villagers!