Presidential nominee Joe Biden has his own Animal Crossing: New Horizons island

Come for the museum and the weather, stay for the malarkey

    
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Presidential nominee Joe Biden has his own Animal Crossing: New Horizons island

As a US presidential hopeful, you want to make sure you have your message spread to as many corners of the country as possible. This is likely the reason why Democratic nominee Joe Biden has an island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which will be toured by Kinda Funny Games today, October 16th, at 2:00 p.m. EDT in a special Twitch livestream.

What awaits on Biden Island isn’t immediately clear, but it isn’t the first time that politics and the title have made bedfellows, as readers will recall that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez briefly toured several players’ islands herself. We also have to note that there’s been a Selena Gomez concert, a talk show filmed from the game’s environs, and even a recreated IKEA catalogue, so this really isn’t too far from the game’s norm. What we can assume is that there will be no phallic fireworks.

source: Twitter via Polygon

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mysecretid

I can’t imagine that Joe Biden has the time or the inclination to play a computer game, especially during election season.

I’m not offended by this “crossover”, but I do find it incredibly cringe-y and cheesy on the part of whomever thought it would be helpful to arrange this for the Biden campaign.

My opinions only, of course,

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Bruno Brito

No, it is incredibly cringy. You are correct on this specific field.

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Eugeniu INFO

Involvment into politics surely did not end well for Blizzard, as we all know well. Keeping them out of games, however, is realistically quite difficult.
I’d say let the old man play as an individual, keeping his political views for himself. The good thing about this game, from my understanding (I never played it), is that only those who are interested in that player have the option of joining his lair. Those who do not wish to can simply avoid him. If that’s the case, I do not see an issue with what he does.

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Dankey Kang

and just like that AC became uncool.

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Brazen Bondar

I think this is a great idea. It used to happen in Second Life all the time. And many of the events were just plain fun. One could also get information on voter registration etc. No one will be forced to go to the Biden Island. Animal Crossing is a game people pay to own and if I understand it correctly, your island has to be set to receive guests, so its not like the Biden folks will be invading other people’s islands. If talk shows, and live music can be run from there, why shouldn’t candidates be allowed? How people use the games they pay to own is not our business so long as they are not violating terms of service or community standards. In COVID times many groups of friends use Animal Crossing for social purposes. This is no different.

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Rndomuser

I wish game developers would ban any kind of political party promotions, including instantly and permanently banning people who use names of presidents, vice presidents, other famous politician names as well as political abbreviations for anything in game. Keep this stuff in real life for senile boomers to discuss with each other and let normal people use games as escapism from ugliness of real life politics.

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Brazen Bondar

Well whether you are a millennial or a GenX’er, you shouldn’t be able to direct how other people enjoy their games. Your escape may look very different from someone else’s escape. Stay on your island and let them stay on theirs.

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Utakata

Goodness, I’m so glad you’re not developing any MMO’s soon. It would end up being something more oppressive than gankboxes. Not sure how you’ll sustain revenue to run it though, when you’ve banned everyone and everything from being too “political”…

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Bruno Brito

let normal people

So, it’s normal behavior to delegate responsability of your own life to other people and then pretend it doesn’t happen?

Thank god we don’t bow to your wishes.

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Sorenthaz

Eh. On one hand this is a sandbox-ish game where it’s not like Nintendo is officially endorsing this nor are random players going to find it as far as I understand the island visiting system? And if the Trump campaign really wanted to do something similar they could. At the end of the day all it really is is customizing the island with signs and such with custom patterns that say Biden/Harris or whatever.

On the other hand, yeah this seems a bit bizarre and like it’s aimed at grabbing the attention of like… teens and college kids in their twenty-somethings, which I guess was a demographic Bernie was really popular with. I guess it’s an attempt to encourage younger folks to vote similar to every single platform (Discord, Twitch, Youtube, etc.) screaming at folks to please go vote. Which, y’know, more power to them for doing this and who knows if it’ll pay off or not.

At the end of the day this is something folks can easily ignore and unless they caught wind of it via sites like this or via Twitter, there’s no way to really know how to even get to the place to see it.

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Arktouros

Gross.

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O Ra

I gotta agree. Can video games stop being cool now?

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ItsBrou🏖

Pokemon go to the polls?

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ItsBrou🏖

Cue memes of villagers being sniffed.

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McGuffn

Now that’s a metaverse!

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Bruno Brito

Cool.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Its allowed to use Animal Crossing as you political election platform? Its the go-to forum for this discussion and promotion of it?

I thought this was a breach of Terms of Service in Japan’s case, at least. Or are they taking a blind eye?

Whatever about Greg Miller, he can go and shill EA some more.