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Fans Reveal How Animal Crossing: New Horizons Helped Them Through Serious Mental Health Issues

Published 07/23/2022, 11:10 AM EDT

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Over the years, Animal Crossing: New Horizons had established its own community of players who simply just adore the game. Mostly because of how well the game is in terms of its mechanics and simplicity. Nintendo said that the game will be a ‘relaxing vacation kind of game’ during development. While other games usually promoted high-octane gameplay, Animal Crossing opted for a simple approach.

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Recently, a post was made on Reddit, where a user by the name of ladyburgerandcatnap asked a question on the Animal Crossing subreddit if the game helped anyone in any case. After which many fans started commenting on how the game has changed their lives for good.


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Animal Crossing: New Horizons curing Depression!

Many scientists and research scholars believe that video games have a positive effect on our brains. It has the potential to cure depression, anxiety, as well as autism. Animal Crossing: New Horizons can be considered one of the most popular examples of this.

The post that was made on Reddit got a lot of positive and heartwarming comments on it. Many people even commented on their stories for others to read and even mentioned the positive impact of New Horizons on their regular life.


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After this, many fans started sharing well wishes with the people who had to suffer from such serious issues and started giving motivation and appreciation to them. Many people from the community even shared how ACNH had given them a purpose to keep fighting their demons.


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Why do Nintendo Games have a positive effect on people?

In an article published by NintendoLife, it was said that video games can help a person fight their mental illnesses. In an interview with NintendoLife, Dr. Boccamazzo asked, “What do people do when they’re feeling like hot garbage, as so many of us do these days?”

He also mentioned about his undiagnosed autistic childhood by saying “I certainly didn’t get my peers, my peers certainly didn’t get me. He found solace in Nintendo Power, the NES, and the SNES. They gave me a sense of competence and accomplishment when I was in a landscape of confusion when it came to my peers. Video games had rules. They made sense.”

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This shows that video games are a part of life. Many users may say otherwise, but for some, it is a sort of escape that helps them to grow. Thus, promoting better mental health and lifestyle. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments below.

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Shivaditya Ghoshal


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Shivaditya Ghoshal is an eSports writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Bachelor's in Computer Applications and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Commerce from Lucknow. He has a passion for video games and follows all the latest releases and trends in the industry.
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