Quest to fix the uniqueness problem of animal crossing


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Nintendo’s Smash Switch success in 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, You can customize your own tropical island to your heart’s content, take part in gigs played by a famous rockstar dog, and catch a hammerhead shark using a flickering twig fishing rod Can. One thing you absolutely cannot do, however, is curly hair.

Twenty-six-year-old animal shelter worker Tonsha Bracken-Hux had one evening as she was playing on her island, the rose-tinted paradise, Pinkland.

The Denver resident told Digital Trends, “I was playing Animal Crossing at my crossing, thinking how much fun it would be if my avatar looked like me.” She took a photo of her village on her phone and dodged some curly hair on her, “I was so happy how she looked and wanted to share that feeling.”

Bracken-Hux posted a photo of her superior likeness on Facebook, which was naturally edited to include curly black hair. Shortly thereafter, it went viral. “When Facebook posts started getting thousands of likes, I was shocked,” she said. “People kept commenting asking for a petition, so I started one. I had no idea it was going to get so big. ”

Tonsha Bracken-Hax
In the petition, “Create a more inclusive hairstyle for animal crossings” immediately earned more than 15,000 signatures in less than three days. Now, the petition has exceeded 30,000 and hit its target of about 35,000 gamers, adding curly hair options to the game due to Nintendo.

The petition asks developer Nintendo for a more inclusive hair option for in-game avatars, which can currently be adapted in hundreds of creative ways – but not with beautiful, bouncy curls. “Every person should represent while playing a game that they love and make their avatar. Ethnic hairstyles are often forgotten, ”Bracken-Hux wrote on the petition’s page. “In light of what is happening in America in relation to black rights, it would be surprising to have gamers of all races represented on all gaming platforms.”

As Bracken-Hux explained to Digital Trends, “With such a diverse community an entire child type is left in a game. My hope is that everyone feels represented.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons It sold 5 million digital copies in its first month of release, more than any game in history – a huge number for any franchise, switch-exclusive to one alone, and at that, compared to other properties of Nintendo Fewer household names, such as Super Mario and Pokemon.

As isolation suddenly became the norm around the world, Charming Sim has provided precise escapism: a literal island getaway offering comfort and socialization in a real world is often lacking in both.

Given that Animal Crossing provides regular updates to the game, new hair options should be a no brainer addition. Nintendo officially published its desire to be inclusive. In June, A. Posts in support of Black Lives Matter On Nintendo America’s Twitter account, the company stated, “We are committed to promoting equity, inclusion and diversity in all aspects of our business and the work we do.”

“I think Nintendo has come a long way in racial inclusion,” depicts Bracken-Hux on the fact that this is the first game in the long-running franchise, which was launched on GameCube in 2001 , Where players have been able to choose their skin. Tone. “Creating a few more hairstyles for different types of hair shows that Nintendo accepts black life as society sees them.”

Nintendo has been approached for comment on the petition’s proposed hairstyle update.

Hair is something that Bracken-Hux has no choice but to always be aware of. “Black hair is always seen as ‘unprofessional’, ‘ghetto’ and ‘uncut’. Throughout my life I have been taught to straighten my hair to make it more presentable,” Bracken -Hax said, “When I started college, I went on a hair journey to embrace, accept, and love my natural hair. This is the hair I was born with.”

“Millions of black people feel that they need to change their ways to make others feel more comfortable about their prejudice. This is how we were born, and we are beautiful as we are.

For Bracken-Hux, seeing her hair type represented in the game would mean: “There is acceptance for who I am and who are millions of animal crossing players”.

“I love the kid playing this game and have to pick a hairstyle that looks like them, knowing that this is exactly who they are.”

The rate at which the petition is moving forward is likely to hit its signature target soon. But will Nintendo implement the demands? Change.org is home to hundreds of Nintendo-specific video game petitions: a recent animal crossing to fix a typo in the game’s menu, which also has more than 30,000 signatures. It was quietly fixed with an update by Nintendo without an official response. He, however, did not comment, indicating that the company could well see fans’ requests at the petition venue.

This past weekend, the game’s latest update hits the player’s islands: We can now dream, touring the fictional islands via a new character, Luna, whom you can meet when you Might have stayed in bed The new function allows you to roam the islands created around the world – including Pinkland (Dream Address: DA-0292-4918-9262).

The latest update also brings the much-awaited cloud save and island recovery options to the game, a huge undertaking that players have been calling since launch. Although possibly easy to develop, a child update was nowhere to be seen. But, given the history of their petition, and the fact that it has been made aware of the demand for fans by Digital Trends, it is likely that Nintendo already knows about the players’ call for additional inclusion.

Until an update appears, it will remain in our wildest dreams. But not in our animal crossing ones, yet. Luna …?

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