It’s a wild world out there…

So I’ve been playing Animal Crossing for a while now but haven’t mentioned it much past my friend code.

So what about it? Animal Crossing on the Gamecube was a game that I couldn’t explain why I liked. When you boil it down, it’s a game that has no purpose, no “ending” and nothing “manly” about it. The first time a buddy of mine saw me playing it he asked me how I could kill the residents of my town. The conversation went a little like this:

“What’cha playing?”

“Animal Crossing.”

“What’s that? Never heard of it.”

“Well, you’re this kid who moves into a new town populated by animals. You run errands for the animals and plant trees. You can go fishing if you want. Or you can do nothing. You do have a mortgage to pay, but you don’t have to pay that off, either. It’s pretty sweet.”

“Sweet? Sounds lame. Hey, can you shoot that cat?”

“Why would I want to do that? Mitzi (the cat’s name) is my friend. I just took her a shirt that Derwin (a duck in my town) just gave me to deliver to her. She hooked me up with this sweet wallpaper for my house. There’s no shooting, no punching, nothing like that.”

“What’s the point of playing if you can’t shoot anyone?”

“The point? I’ve got a house to pay for and I need to make some bells. I certainly can’t shoot anyone because then there wouldn’t be any one left to run errands for. I guess I could fish, but that’s not the best way to make money.”

“Right… Sounds fun. Wanna play some Turok?”

And so on. I don’t know why I played it so much. It was the first game my wife and I played together, so that had something to do with it. But I woke up early on Sundays so I could buy turnips from the turnip lady because that was the only time she came around. Was it my obsessive nature? What kind of game could get me out of bed? Explaining why it was fun was hard to do.

And so it is with Animal Crossing Wild World. It’s basically the Gamecube version with some added features and it’s still just as addicting. And I still can’t explain why. I’ll probably get to what I like and don’t like at a later time, but I will say that it’s a fun, pointless game.

Without any shooting.


  1. That is the funniest thing I have ever read……LOL funny.

    Seriously though I just needed to see something die in the 2 hours I watched you play!!!

  2. Ah…Animal Crossing. I have not had my fix for a week because NOA has my DS. It’s supposed to show back up on my office doorstep tomorrow.

    I always thought it was funny it was called Wild World. The only violence is shoveling holes around the animals so they cannot move.

    Don’t pick up Electroplankton. I’ve “played” the import and it is teh cool. u r AC gte opn kool.

    (WTHeck is up with the “Website” field on the form? It’s entering sites I’ve visited in a dropdown, but it’s only the sites that start with “h”)

  3. Yes, Jeremiah was the buddy of mine. His mind is one-track — VIOLENCE!! KILL TEH ANIMALS!!

    ag – I was wondering where ‘nat’ has been. Another dead pixel?

    (WTHeck is up with the Website field on the form? Its entering sites Ive visited in a dropdown, but its only the sites that start with h)

    not really sure what you’re talking about here.

  4. No, this is the same DS. Gamecrazy would not take it back. Losers.

    Nintendo has been the best company to work with. I call them up and tell them I have a bad pixel (two days before Christmas). The guy takes my info and mails me a prepaid UPS mailer. I have 90 days to get it in to them. I got some games for Christmas, so I wait.

    Bonus: my warranty is extended to match the day of the repair!

    However, I have to re-link my WFC. (suck!) My suspicion is that they just send me a new DS. Why because Nintendo’s online order status had the repair come in at 9AM and it was done at 9:15.

    UPS says it arrives tomorrow.

  5. I’ve also taken a screenie of my problem. Maybe that will help explain it.

  6. Jeez Tony! By playing this game your P300 levels, when exposed to pictures of violence, are going to skyrocket! Your empathy and feelings towards others will soon dominate your life and you will be turned away from the dark side!

    You need to balance your play of Animal Crossing with the playing of Grand Theft Auto and Postal in order to keep yourself, like all other gamers, on the edge of commiting violence .

  7. ag – that looks like some kind of auto-complete action happening there. I don’t know if k2 is doing that or not.

    Bobster – I have recently acquired, on the black-death market, a modified version of Animal Crossing, called Grand Theft Animal: Pokey’s Gotta Die. It’s pretty sweet and it’s kicked my P300 levels into overdrive!

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