“When [the campaign] approached me, “Hey we’re doing this Animal Crossing thing, do you want to debut it?” I thought, “Oh man, I hope this island isn’t awful,” said KindaFunny host and former IGN journalist Greg Miller. “This island is much better than my island.”
Although Animal Crossing was released in the early days of the pandemic, the game has remained one of the best sellers of the year. Biden’s island architect takes lessons from the past few months of Animal Crossing creators and uses expertly custom decals with unique road markings, lawn signs and even a photo of young Biden in his “office”
The stream is a dawn for Miller, who admittedly wasn’t politically active until that year when he decided to just come out and support Biden and Harris. Gary Whitta, the Star Wars screenwriter who went viral for his talk shows Animal Crossing and Fall Guys on Twitch, also speaks out against President Trump and accompanies Miller on the Biden Island tour.
Some surprisingly professional features of Biden’s “Animal Crossing” island:
- The most noticeable aspect for any longtime Animal Crossing player was the train set room in the basement, which displayed different colored versions of different train models. This meant that the designer was likely using the time travel exploit to force the game to sell them multiple versions of the same move. This type of work can take hours if not days. (Time travel is frowned upon as some kind of exploit by some members of the game’s community, although developers have told The Post that they do not see the practice as a scam) “Sorry, I can’t vote for an Animal Crossing Time Traveler,” said a chat message on KindaFunny’s Twitch stream. “Legalize time travel,” said another user, snarkypuppers. Approximately 3,600 people watched the stream that ended with a “dream” code so that other players could access Biden’s Island.
- They also used depth of field perspective to recreate the White House and its rose garden, and took advantage of the museum and some clever architecture in the distance to make it appear like the original.
- “Oh my god, you have Raymond,” exclaimed Whitta. “He goes ‘Animal Crossing’ for real money on the dark web.” Indeed, the island has had unique villagers including Raymond, a smug cat who is a sought-after neighbor for gamers. The campaign also ensured the island was overcrowded with dog village residents as well as the game’s bald eagle, Apollo. It can take days or weeks to curate your villagers exactly how you want them to be.
KindaFunny’s chat seemed open to Miller’s linchpin in talking more about politics, and most of them were very supportive of Biden. A number of users stated that they had already voted. But the chat moderators seemed pretty strict even during the island tour. Even sarcastic, innocuous statements have been removed, including a message that simply read “Jeb Bush 2020”.
After the tour, Miller and Whitta had a chat about why they supported Biden. This moment shows how many influencers in the gaming sector have been more open than ever about electoral politics since 2016. Miller, who has turned his career from journalism to influencer entertainment, asked his fans to vote Biden as a personal favor for him.
“It’s literally day and night,” Miller said, speaking on the televised city halls of Trump and Biden, which aired Thursday night. “I just want to be able to respect the president again. I just want to look into the office and understand that there is actually an adult there. “