What’s it with cute video video games and guilt journeys? Ever since my first digital pet (in Nintendogs on the Nintendo DS) turned her again on me after a couple of weeks of neglect, I’ve fallen prey to doe-eyed animals making me really feel dangerous for selecting to play one thing else.
Animal Crossing video games have a protracted historical past of guilting gamers, after all. Return to your house after a couple of weeks, months, or years away, and also you’re liable to get dragged for being gone for thus lengthy. Regardless of the lengthy lifetime of my Nintendo 3DS, I by no means as soon as returned to New Leaf after six months idle, afraid of how beforehand treasured friends Curt, Sylvia and Rosie would react. Certain, I can logically inform myself these are pre-preprogrammed strains spat out by pretend animals, however they nonetheless in some way sting — particularly if I realistically solely pop in as soon as each few months after the preliminary gluttonous gameplay interval. The inevitable guilt journeys imply I’ll probably by no means come again.
However, after all, now Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s is getting a large, free replace, and regardless of not visiting my beautiful Piña Isle for over a 12 months, I dove again in final week. (As did quite a lot of different Polygon workers.) Had been my villagers able to guilt journey me? Boy howdy. However I endured it, after which it was over.
In case you’re confronted with the identical squeamish emotions upon having to face your island’s residents, you’re not alone! Take into account this a warm-up spherical, to assist ease your conscience. Right here’s how a few of our villagers greeted us after months (or greater than a 12 months!) away.
Loads of characters refused to imagine we had been actual. Ghosts, mirages, a unique particular person with the identical identify….
Some villagers simply needed us to essentially really feel it.
Additionally they simply pretended to overlook who we had been.
Sprinkle deserves an Academy Award for this efficiency.
This can be a little complicated, since Zucker is likely one of the few characters who’s dressed as a meals.
After which there are the villagers who disguise their damage with sarcasm. I see you, Leopold.
A completely regular remark right here…
Sadly, I feel Beau has discovered we’re all dwelling in a simulation.
Oof, that was rather a lot. However hopefully it has made going again a bit of simpler.
Because of Nicole Clark, Nicole Carpenter, and Emily Heller for his or her contributions to this story.