Here are the virtual worlds that we still have some control over:
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo Switch)
Rory, Operations & Gathering
In New Horizons, you’re a new-to-town loner who sells all their wares to a racoon with a very triangular investment scheme. It offers a simple choice: do I want to do real-life chores, or spend hours smacking cartoon animals in the head with a net? I choose net.
Harry Potter jigsaw puzzle (real world)
Lorna, PR and Harry Potter expert*
I don't know why I chose this. I hate jigsaw puzzles. I'm not a patient person. Help.
All the pieces are the same colour - WHY? The least magical experience of my life. 0 points to Gryffindor.
Microsoft Teams (PC/iOS/Android)
Gavin, Senior Gavin
Teams is a multiplayer online battle arena. I carried a lot of experience over from Google Hangouts. It’s very authentic - the emotion from the characters is exceptionally realistic, but the language can be quite salty.
Dungeons and Dragons (real world-ish)
Murray, Engineer & Goliath Fighter
You might have heard of it. A fantasy role-playing game where you tackle a quest using your imagination; and a 20-sided dice; and a normal 6-sided dice; and your character has an in-depth background. But very simple once you figure it all out! This has been on my "to-play" list forever and I recently was invited to play with some friends from Church (on Zoom). Nerdy, imaginative, creative fun with dragons.
Crash Bandicoot: The N-Sane Trilogy (PS4)
Chris, Wumpa Islands Ecommerce
In this game, a genetically-modified bandicoot balances his dizzying hatred of boxes with an insatiable desire to collect his 5-a-day. It's a simple, fun, plug-and-play kind of game, and probably the best game about a genetically-modified bandicoot ever made.
Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo Switch)
Colum, Not Game Design
Mario is like Taken, but instead of Liam Neeson, you're a plumber. Most game levels are made by an extraordinarily talented group of engineers, scriptwriters and more. The point of Mario Maker is they’re made by me instead. It turns out the talented group really do make a difference. This was a fascinating way to find out that my own creative limits are even less impressive than I had suspected.
God of War (PS4)
Lucy, Projects & Greek Mythology
This is a story about an angry man with an axe and magnificent beard, who chops his way through Odin's family tree. I love learning about different mythologies and the game is chock-full of little tales alongside the main story. Add to that an incredible score and stunning visuals, and you get one of the best games available.
Panda LEGO (real world)
In this immersive game, you try and make a panda out of Lego. I got quite involved, but it made me want to smash it to pieces, so I gave up and made battleships (evidence below). Pandas are lazy, so why are they so hard to create??
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