Twitter has always been hell. But in the age of coronavirus, it’s become a truly unlivable nightmare of devastating (if important) news updates, unending anxiety, and heartbreaking stories. Then, little talking cartoon animals came to save us all.
It is a peaceful morning as I glance at my social media feed only to see waves and waves of Animal Crossing posts. This game is medicine.
— Alax (@RelaxAlax) March 21, 2020
I don’t play Animal Crossing but heck it has made Twitter 100 percent more bearable the past 24 hours. Yes, I do want to see your failed attempts to catch a bug. Much more that pleeeease
— 💀Chris Priestman💀 (@CPriestman) March 21, 2020
Half of my feed is “Look how cute Animal Crossing is!” and the other half is “Let’s bring back the fucking guillotines for these Senators” and I honestly can’t emphasize enough how emotionally confusing it is for that to be my exact Venn diagram
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) March 20, 2020
In the single day since Animal Crossing: New Horizons released on Friday, it’s done the world a great public service by not only making social distancing more manageable for players, but also cleansing our timelines with wholesomeness. Even if you don’t play, all are invited to enjoy the healthy break from pandemic panic with the occasional drop of pure, mundane, slightly baffling joy.
The feature allowing players to visit their friends’ islands has also been a perfect antidote to social-distancing loneliness.
Can’t sleep at night due to anxiety related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus? No problem. Just invite hoards of your friends over in the game at 11:55 p.m. to reign utter chaos onto your humble abode.
Couples are even finding ways to go on virtual dates, since IRL dates have been strictly postponed until further notice.
There’s a bit of dark humor, because in the face of a public health crisis, laughter is the best medicine. (Editor’s Note: A vaccine and social distancing are, in fact, the best medicine — but we’ll allow this.)
Some are adding a little edge to the wholesomeness, since we wouldn’t be adults playing a kids video game if we didn’t do our damndest to make its PG content illicit. (Author’s Note: I named my island Tiddy City lol).
So folks, in conclusion, Tom Nook is our savior, Animal Crossing is heaven, and also don’t feel bad about finding much-needed morale-boosting distractions. Both you and your timeline deserve it.