Virtual Comfort

Greetings readers and welcome to Day Five of Blogmas! This time, I'm going to cut to the chase of what exactly I'll be talking about: video games! Well, not just video games in general, but a specific video game. A few weeks ago, Nintendo released a phone app game of one of its popular games, Animal Crossing. If you haven't played or downloaded it yet, I highly recommend downloading Animal Crossing Pocket Camp.

So when I around nine or ten years old, my brother and I got a video game called "Animal Crossing" for the Gamecube thanks to the hilarious advertising commercials (if you get a chance, look up "Animal Crossing Live Action Commercials" on Youtube). I remember having so much fun with that game. Making friends with animals, building my very own house; it was so fun that we even got my mom and grandmother playing the game! So it's safe to say that Animal Crossing has been a very dear game to me.

I also played Animal Crossing for the DS and Wii, but it wasn't as fun because I was playing solo compared to playing with my brother or my family. Then around Christmas of 2013, after it was already released for the 3DS, I decided to buy myself Animal Crossing: New Leaf as a present to myself. As I've stated in a previous blog entry, the end of 2013 and most of 2014 was a rough and challenging year for me. I don't know what happened, but once I played New Leaf, it brought this ray of sunshine in my life.

Yes, it may be silly because it's just a video game, but Animal Crossing is more than that to me. In some way, this game has helped me a lot with depression. I was struggling through a breakup, I was going through a lot with mental health, and I was alone. With Animal Crossing, I'm able to escape from my reality. In this video game, I'm seen as important, I have (even if they're not real) villagers or friends that care about me, and I can go to a dream world and not think about my pain.

Every time I was, or am, in pain, depressed, alone, or feeling down, I'd just turn on my 3DS and go see my friends. When people struggle with mental health, they may turn to bad influences, whether it's people or habits. For me, because I don't have a lot of people in my real world circle to turn to, or when I can't reach out to people, I have Animal Crossing. I know there are some debates of video games being good or bad for your brain or mentality, but I believe a game like Animal Crossing, it's harmless. You go into a virtual world where your best friends are animals, you get to decorate your house and town the way you want it, write letters, fish, catch bugs, and so much more, I find it a blessing for someone like me. I mean, this game has even helped me learn on how to be better at saving my money!

 They check up on you to make sure you eat.

They check up on you to make sure you eat.

 They always throw you a "surprise" birthday party on your birthday.

They always throw you a "surprise" birthday party on your birthday.

 You can do fishing or bug tournaments with them.

You can do fishing or bug tournaments with them.

 They'll even give you encourament!

They'll even give you encourament!


With the release of Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, it has reminded me of how much thanks I owe to the people who have worked hard on this franchise. Because of them, I have a world to go to when I'm sad, when I'm alone, when I'm struggling, or when I just need a friend. It may all be fake or not real, but it's something that really keeps me going. In the comment section, what helps you escape into your world of happiness when you're struggling? It doesn't have to be a video game. It can be a book, a TV show, a movie, or it can be a hobby of yours that you enjoy, such as writing or painting! Also, I FINALLY added a subscribe listing button, so you'll see on top a tab you can click to subscribe to my weekly newsletter so you'll always be up to date with my blog. As always, comment, like, subscribe, share this post or my blog with your friends, and I'll see you all tomorrow!

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