How and Why Did Lifestyle Games Like Animal Crossing: New Horizons Dominate the Lockdown Era?

Published 12/21/2021, 2:21 PM EST


Do you love doing different chores in video games? Ever wondered why all these lifestyle games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons dominated the lockdown phase?

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Animal Crossing is majorly about going here and there, redecorating islands, being creative, cleaning up some areas, building structure, and more, and the game has been a great hit in the community.

Chores such as gardening or even indulging in DIY projects, things that some people might find boring in real life are super fun to do online. But why?

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Why do we love lifestyle games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Lifestyle games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons offer an immediate sense of accomplishment with very little effort. In the tough time of the pandemic, the majority of people were just looking for something that would take their minds off things and offer them an enjoyable, relaxing time.

These tasks in real life, like gardening and cleaning up your home, also provide a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment when completed, but they take a lot of effort. In games, you can just do any chore by just moving your fingers.

The sudden increase in the popularity of these types of games is evident.

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From Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Unpacking, and Overcooked! to Wilmot’s Warehouse, all of these games have gained immense popularity in recent times. This is because the brain rewards you with dopamine when you successfully complete a task, and these simpler task-based titles with mini chores and tasks offer a sense of satisfaction when a task is completed, courtesy of the dopamine.

We all need different ways to cope with stress, especially nowadays with all the covid-related stress we have been carrying for nearly 2 years now. For many, the perfect way to deal with all these issues and stress is to plant a beautiful flower in their virtual garden that will never wilt.

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Do you think lifestyle games offer a better way to deal with stress? Let us know.

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Vitasta Singh

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Vitasta Singh is an eSports writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her Masters in English Literature from Lovely Professional University. Before joining EssentiallySports she used to write articles for Silver Mantle Solutions on various niches such as games, fitness, business, entertainment, and fashion.

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