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Commentary: Colonialist Values in Animal Crossing and Their Implications for Conservation

Alexis D. Smith
Independent Researcher, Tallahassee, FL 32310, USA
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Highlights Sustain. 2022, 1(3), 129–133.
Received: 30 March 2022    Accepted: 6 July 2022    Published: 8 July 2022
In the Nintendo game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players move to an uninhabited island and quickly become instrumental to the naming, aesthetic development, and biodiversity of the island. In some ways, the game can foster a love for and curiosity about nature. In other ways, the game reinforces harmful colonialist values and attitudes that are ultimately an obstacle to conservation in the real world. Here I critique the game values relevant to conservation, both the values that benefit and the values that hinder conservation. I discuss possibilities for a future version of the game that reinforces values better aligned with conservation.
Copyright © 2022 Smith. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use and distribution provided that the original work is properly cited.
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Smith, A.D. Commentary: Colonialist Values in Animal Crossing and Their Implications for Conservation. Highlights Sustain. 2022, 1, 129–133.
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Smith, A. D. (2022). Commentary: Colonialist Values in Animal Crossing and Their Implications for Conservation. Highlights of Sustainability, 1(3), 129–133.
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