While Animal Crossing New Horizons wouldn’t normally be on our radar on a regular basis, there has been enough shenanigans coming from the limited multiplayer functionality of the game that we thought to share it with you.
For example, ACNH has reportedly been pulled from the Chinese market after players were using the title’s creation tools to protest for Hong Kong democracy. This past Friday, Chinese online retailers Taobao and Pinduoduo suddenly removed the life sim after reports of players shared protests online got some major news traction.
ACNH had not been officially released in China and was only available via imports, but major retailers that helped to import the game have now cut that supply off. That said, those who do still own the game can still play it regardless. And lest anyone forget, Hong Kong is still vying for its personal democracy — an event that made a significant splash in the multiplayer gaming world last year; we’ve gathered up all of those stories here for anyone that wants a refresher.
This is how #hongkong ppl spend our time during coronavirus lockdown – villain hitting in #animalcrossing, the villain is #CarrieLam, the worst governor in #hongkong history.#AnimalCrossingNewHorizons#StandWithHK pic.twitter.com/K5AbOTl9tD
— Studio Incendo (@studioincendo) April 1, 2020
In more lighthearted Animal Crossing news, players have been forced to get creative when opening their islands to let strangers in for the stalk market trade, with one such player creating a security checkpoint and hiring friends as bouncers.
For those unfamiliar, the stalk market is effectively a weekly affair where players buy turnips on Sunday and then try to sell those turnips for a higher price that changes every day of the week. Visiting islands that are buying turnips at a high price has become one of the game’s more popular multiplayer activities, with players even providing tips to the owners of host islands in the form of in-game money, items, or Nook Miles tickets that let players travel to resource-rich islands.
As is often the case, though, people have also found ways to spoil the matter by either ransacking the island or by simply not completing trades in full. To prevent this sort of behavior, a player by the name of ottermochi has created a fenced area to guide visitors to where trades take place, and has even gotten friends to play security, with one physically blocking the entrance to the shop until trades are complete and another collecting tips.
Basically, Animal Crossing New Horizons players are extremely creative.