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While millions of Americans are hunkered down right now, trying to figure out how to pass the time, the kids have discovered something besides board games and puzzles.

There's this new video game called Animal Crossing: New Horizons. And it's one more distraction from all the coronavirus headlines. We're not quite ready to say it's better than Tetris yet, but it is nifty.

The concept of the game is simple. You make a little character of yourself, and move to a deserted tropical island. There, you build a town and fill it with animal villagers. You can fish, you can catch bugs, you can design your house with furniture, you can grow fruit, and there's so much more.

Few folks have the means to actually buy an island and wait out these quarantines. But if you have the Nintendo Switch, this might be a solid alternative. It's pretty hard to put down once you start building your perfect island town. So they tell us.

Talk about a distraction from reality--and at just the right time. And nobody is running around shooting each other in this game. Just pull up a hammock and take a nap, or maybe go fishing out on the beach. As if Andy and Opie were featured in a game instead of the mafia or soldiers.

Good form, we suppose. But it still doesn't beat a good book.

Editorial on 03/26/2020

Print Headline: Games we play

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