For a life simulation game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is not very realistic. The latest installment in Nintendo’s long-running franchise sends players to a desert island they can turn into a thriving community. However, instead of people, the inhabitants of the community consist of talking animals. As fans on Reddit have pointed out, there’s a lot you can do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons it would never be OK in real life – here are a few.
Hit your neighbors with an ax
The ax in Animal Crossing: New Horizons has many uses – chopping down trees, harvesting wood, breaking rocks, and annoying villagers. Many players enjoy hitting their animal neighbors in the back of the head with the axe. Sometimes it’s out of sheer boredom, and other times they try to get the villager to move.
Needless to say, hitting your neighbor with an ax IRL will yield… very different results.
Establish prescriptions for early risers and night owls
As the resident representative of your island, you have the power to issue certain ordinances in town that everyone must follow. These municipal ordinances include one that stimulates the economy and one that keeps the island clean. Additionally, there are Early Bird and Night Owl Ordinances, which dictate when the town wakes up and goes to sleep.
Imagine if the government tried to move everyone’s wake-up and bedtimes up an hour. However, some fans on the Reddit thread have pointed out that it’s basically the same thing as daylight saving time. Wait a minute …
Use the bathroom in front of the company
Private life? What is that? This thing does not exist in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If there are toilets in the room, the villagers will use them right in front of you. And you can use it right in front of them. There is no private bathroom. Talk awkward.
Complain to the local government about your neighbor’s fashion sense
Animal Crossing: New Horizons gives players the option to complain about the clothing choices of animal villagers. This is a handy feature when trying to get rid of, say, an inappropriate t-shirt. However, it’s also completely acceptable in-game to report a villager’s clothes just because you don’t like their style. Imagine trying to do this in a real town hall.
Bury money to make more money
Money doesn’t grow on trees! Except that it is in animal crossing. Every day you can find a glowing spot in the ground that contains a bag of bells. If you dig up the bells and keep the light spot open, you can bury up to 99,000 bells which will serve as seeds for a money tree. Once the tree is fully grown, you can collect profit.
It certainly doesn’t work in real life, but it would be nice, wouldn’t it?
Sell bugs, fish, weeds and junk to the local furniture store
Nook’s Cranny is the town’s one stop shop for just about everything. This mainly includes furniture, but you can also buy tools, recipes, wallpaper, flooring, etc. You can also sell anything – literally, anything. Timmy and Tommy will accept trash, weeds, dying flowers, bugs, fish, and anything else you can find. And hey, they never sell these things, so what do they do with them?!
Even the most accepting pawnbrokers have limits. Some places might accept some bugs or fish, maybe, but a clump of food from the ground? Never.
Catch giant sharks with a fishing rod made of sticks
Those animal crossing characters must have super strength. No matter how big a fish is, even if it’s a huge shark, you can still catch it with a fishing rod. And not even a high-quality fishing rod either – sometimes it’s just a bunch of sticks tied together.
Catching sharks for sport or to sell them wouldn’t fly IRL, but it certainly wouldn’t be so easy to catch them in the first place.
Let yourself into someone’s house, out of the blue
Remember that there are no boundaries or privacy in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. So, thanks to the 2.0 update, villagers can spawn at any time while you’re in your house. They will come in, touch all your things and stay a while. They never let you know in advance that they are coming. To be fair, though, you can also do the same to villagers.
If you or your neighbors did this in real life, there would likely be a restraining order involved.
Destroy a unique island for resources
Animal Crossing: New Horizons features Mysterious Islands as unique areas that players can visit and collect resources. Everything is allowed – felling trees, breaking rocks, taking flowers, catching insects and fishing, etc. You can also leave trash or other unwanted items on these islands. Destroying land like this in real life is certainly frowned upon.
Take a house and put it somewhere else overnight
As Patrick Star once said on Sponge Bob SquarePants, just pick it up and put it somewhere else. Moving an entire house to a new location in real life would take days. It would take everything apart and put everything back together. Not in animal crossing! Simply pay Tom Nook the appropriate number of Bells and you’ll see your house in a new location the very next day, in the same condition as the day before.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now available on Nintendo Switch.
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