Hello, and welcome to GYGO! I’m Kael, your local level 60 red mage, and I’m still on the Final Fantasy XIV train. I’ve also taken up swimming and indoor strength training, and my life is now just bouncing between those three things in random orders. I’m gonna be honest, I’m not hating it as a new way of being. I’m an expert MMO culinarian now and can reach my arms behind my back farther than I ever thought possible.

Anyway, enough humble bragging about my stretchy ligaments, on to the news!

Animal Crossing Is Still Big

There’s been a whole lotta Animal Crossing news this week so I’m gonna collect it all here.

First off, congratulations are in order. The first six weeks of Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ release is officially Nintendo’s “best start ever” for a Switch game. Over 13.41 million copies have been sold since launch, more than half the total copies sold of Nintendo’s current best-seller, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Popularity hasn’t prevented certain problems, however. Facebook groups are having a hard time coordinating trades in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The social media site is reportedly censoring posts talking about selling or trading in-game “weeds.” It seems the moderation algorithm might misconstrue posts using those combinations of words for illegal activity. As a result communities have had to find creative ways to discuss their topiary exchanges within the game.

Less illicitly, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Animal Crossing: New Horizons this week to visit random islands. She opened her DMs on Twitter for four minutes to collect Dodo Codes, and started making house calls. She even found time to deliver her first-ever commencement address for the in-game graduation of an epidemiologist at Tulane University.

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