2020âs most popular games were my most reliable social spaces
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This year, video games provided escapism for a lot of people. But for many, myself included, the games I remember most fondly in 2020 were the ones that became social spaces. The pandemic didnât make me want to escape; it made me miss my friends and family.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out amid the shutdowns, and it quickly became my virtual island paradise, even when I wasnât playing. I couldnât log into Facebook or Twitter without seeing almost everyone on my feeds talking about Animal Crossing â people were sharing memes, asking for Dodo codes to visit their friendsâ islands, begging for specific fruit that they wanted to grow.
Some turned to Nookazon, a third-party trading platform, to buy outfits they had a hard time…