The Animal Crossing Diaries launches today!

Our exciting new online exhibition is free for you to explore

The National Videogame Museum (NVM) is delighted to announce the launch of its new online exhibition: The Animal Crossing Diaries.

This new website showcases the experiences of players of the social simulation videogame Animal Crossing: New Horizons during the 2020/21 lockdown period. These experiences and stories were collected via an online open call and have now been selectively curated and showcased on a new dedicated website.

The project was initially conceived as a response to the Covid-19 global pandemic, and an examination into the role that videogames played for their users in that period of unprecedented social isolation. This exhibition takes an innovative approach in collecting videogame history that forefront the players’ histories with the game. This opens up new ways of collecting, archiving and showcasing videogame histories, and record for the first time a highly meaningful but ephemeral and intangible experience through the perspective of its players. Through an extensive oral history initiative, the exhibition also presents a vital and innovative way to understand players’ intimate experiences with the game during this time.  

Users of the online exhibition will be able to search through various players’ stories, grouped together by the themes of Keeping a Routine, Staying in Touch, Sharing Creativity, Representing Yourself and Making Your Space. These themes have been selected to encompass the broad range of experiences that players have had with the game, many of which are in direct response to the 2020 Covid-19 global pandemic.

Alongside these stories, there is a timeline that showcases the events that occurred in the game over the same period – from political protests, campaigns, special events, and seasons.

You can explore the Animal Crossing Diaries Exhibit here: http://animalcrossingdiaries.thenvm.org