Year 3, Day 28

With all the social distancing going on lately and Charlotte’s impending implementation of a shelter-in-place policy for the next three weeks, I’m thanking the heavens that last Friday saw the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch, a game that’s all about getting outside and being social.

Of course, if you were to ask Miles what the game is all about, you’d likely get a different answer.

Miles and I have a game we call “Night-Night,” in which Miles will crawl into bed and play possum, and I’ll say, “Looks like Miles went night-night! Night-night, Miles!” and start to slowly walk away. Then Miles will sit bolt upright and start screaming, and I’ll shout, “He’s not going night-night! He tricked us!!” It’s…well, the sort of game you play with a two-year-old.

I’ve replicated this game in Animal Crossing, leading my avatar (LORD Brian) to his quaint home and having him lay down, only to wake him up seconds later, all while repeating my usual verbal cues. Miles has even started saying the cues along with me.

And now, five days in, Miles will go up to Jaclyn or me and say, “Night-Night Game.” Jaclyn wasn’t sure what he was talking about at first, but I quickly interjected and said, “He’s talking about Animal Crossing.”

Hey, I’ve always wanted to have a kid I could game with!

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