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National Videogame Museum Exhibit Will Feature Animal Crossing Lockdown Stories

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National Videogame Museum Exhibit Will Feature Animal Crossing Lockdown Stories

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of people are still facing lockdowns and quarantine, forced to stay inside and keep themselves busy with video games or other forms of media entertainment.

Luckily, Animal Crossing: New Horizons managed to come out at the perfect time, allowing Switch owners to forget all about the unfortunate state of the world and dive into a video game where you can go fishing and be in debt to a sneaky little raccoon.

And that’s where this new Animal Crossing project comes into play.

The National Videogame Museum over in Frisco, Texas, has been awarded a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Museum Association to collect “histories” of gamers who have been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons during lockdown.

According to a press release, the collection at the museum will “focus on the cultural phenomenon that followed the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch in March 2020, just as the world was transformed by the pandemic. This innovative online exhibition will open up new ways of collecting, archiving and collecting videogame histories, and record for the first time a highly meaningful but ephemeral and intangible experience through the perspective of its players.

The exhibit will be online-only, as mentioned in the paragraph above. Still, if you wanted to head to the actual museum and check out some video game history in-person, the National Videogame Museum is now open with social distancing and sanitation precautions in place.

There was no date for the Animal Crossing Diaries project, but make sure to follow the museum for more updates on the new exhibit.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now available for the Nintendo Switch. If you want to see all of the new features that are coming to the game this summer, check out this article here.

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