A Tubby Tabby, Three Konekos, and a Life with Hello Kitty and Autism

Crossing The Game Divide

Animal Crossing Screen Shots- Kitty in Dogtowne 

I got my pink Nintendo DS Lite last year as an anniversary present. Bundled with the handheld console were games that my husband chose for me, among them Nintendogs and Animal Crossing Wild World. And just like my sleepless nights with my Sony PSP (black at first) a few months before that (I got the pink one for Valentine’s Day this year), the DS Lite became a new and consuming passion.

On Christmas Day last year, my eldest son got his own DS Lite, and soon after, on New Year’s Day, my husband got one for himself too. When summer vacation rolled by, it was time to test the wireless multiplayer ability of the DS Lite. When we were feeling frisky and playful, we played against each other in Mario Kart races that lasted for hours. (Alex always chose Bowser, his parents were always versions of Yoshi in different race karts.) Yet on some nights, as we played quietly together, we would visit each other in the Animal Crossing community I created, Dogtowne. There, I was Kitty, Alex was Alpha, and Papa was, well, the unimaginatively named, hmmm, Papa. We would trade fruits, give gifts, help dig fossils, visit friends, write letters, hit rocks, catch insects, plant trees– name it, we did it in our virtual world. Somehow, I could sense that Alex was happiest on those nights, when in our make-believe world, he was the sole center of our existence if only for a short time.

And this got me thinking last night, while reading through the Happy Blog. I wanted to share with you a story which was featured last month on the Happy Blog, but which was originally from a 2005 entry of a Korean weblog called Loliel the Black Onion Brigade. Here is the comic strip  from the Happy Blog but I’m also including links to the videos from Gametrailers.com and YouTube.

Animal Crossing — Touching Story

Last night, I returned to Dogtowne after a few months of absence. My gardens are all gone. The whole town is full of weeds and moss. The neighbors I left are gone, replaced by new faces. Some of them left me letters to say goodbye; others just disappeared, perhaps tired of waiting for me to show up. My house has cockroaches infesting all floors and I ran like crazy stomping them out. The town I knew is gone. And with it, the memories of a short-lived summer, when Papa, Kitty, and Alpha ran and frolicked and played under the Dogtowne sky.   

One Response to “Crossing The Game Divide”

  1. angelchao4:hellokitty.com Says:

    Lucky! I wanna DS! I play Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Gamecube, the original one.

    I have the game on Gamecube too but I like the handheld convenience of the DS. It’s small and it’s pink! And they’ve got Kitty skins (or sometimes cases) to decorate your DS! What could be cooler than that?

    These days, though, I’m so looking forward to the Wii version of Animal Crossing. (They’ve been sending feelers out since 2005 but the game’s still not done two years later.) You might also want to try Cooking Mama on the DS or on the Wii! These are some of my favorite games ever! (Oh, well, aside from Sims 2 on the PC, and all versions of the Sims on the PS2, PSP, xbox, DS, and Wii!)


Leave a Reply