I wrote a brief note on Animal Crossing in my first blog. And it turns out that my first blog is no longer up. Don't know what happened there. All that wisdom lost to the ages. (Actually, it's funny how many things I believed in 2002 that I no longer hold true. If I extrapolate that means I'm probably still full of crap.) If it weren't for the Google cache, that is.
Cathy, my wife, had a real Animal Crossing addiction - I thought it might be a problem. It got its hooks in me for a while but I did lose interest after a while. She kept going until she got the statue. Then she put it down for years. We pulled it out last New Year's, and now she's hooked again, even though she already has the statue. She just likes the mechanics of playing, I guess, the act of walking around, digging, pulling weeds, doing jobs for people.
The interesting new development is that Sofi loves it. Sofi's fifteen months old now, and will sit quietly and watch her mom play. This morning, Sofi, whining, pulled mom into the living room and then pointed at the TV and didn't stop complaining until mom sat down and started playing Animal Crossing. If we hand Sofi the controller she'll mash buttons - dig, not dig, whatever.
So we rented the DS version from GameFly - seemed like a no-brainer. But Cathy's not playing it. She prefers the big-screen Gamecube version. To try and pique her interest I read her this review from The Escapist: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/issue/32/7
"I don't want to play with other people," she said. "And I've got a lot invested in THIS game," she said, pointing to the Gamecube.
So there it is.