The Animal Crossing Diaries

The National Videogame Museum is super excited to announce our new collection project: The Animal Crossing Diaries!

Over the coming months, we’re launching a project that 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, Animal Crossing: New Horizons rapidly became an international sensation in which millions of players have been exploring and managing their own tropical island inhabited by a cast of talkative animal neighbours. For many players unable to socialise in person, this game became an important social and creative outlet during lockdown.

We are looking to create an innovative online exhibition that will open up new ways of archiving and collecting videogame histories. This will attempt to record for the first time the ephemeral but highly meaningful experiences of this game, through the perspective of its players at this time. We hope you can help! Sign up using the form below to hear more about the Animal Crossing Diaries project, including information on when it will go live, and how you can get involved.

Iain Simons, our Director of Culture here at the NVM, said “Animal Crossing is the perfect experience for a lockdown. The coincidental timing of its release provided a welcome relief for millions of people who wanted to go outdoors but couldn’t, who wanted to meet friends but weren’t allowed. It’s no surprise that this incredibly creative, social space became a safe haven for millions during this turbulent year.”

“With the fantastic support of the Esmee Fairbairn foundation, we want to explore the different ways in which videogames touch our audience’s lives.”