Becoming a Great Fisherman · 30 May 2020

I have become a great fisherman during the social distancing of 2020. No. I have not broken the ban. I just keep playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

If you are wondering how to become a great fisherman, all you need to do is press the A button when you hear the blooping sound. Do not get an itchy trigger finger or you will miss those wily fish. They nibble and nibble and finally strike. But you do not know if the bite will come on the first or the fifth strike or somewhere in between. (Remember, five times at most.) You just need to listen and feel. And I suppose you could watch the bobber. But that sound is the best indicator. Listen for the bloop instead of the blip.

Blip. Be patient. Blip. Be patient. Bloop. Hit A! Hit A!

The latest incarnation of Animal Crossing seems to be the best so far. Maybe that is because I did not get to play as much of the first iterations. After all, you could only have four people per town and we had five people in our household at the time. Now, I can play and not worry about my kids getting enough time. After all, they are in their twenties (or almost), so they stay up later than I do anyway. Playing a kid game.

I must admit that this kid game is fun to play as an adult. It has everything in it that people like me need. Fishing. Social interaction. Even gambling. (I do not really need gambling. I just thought it would be fun to say.)

Truth be told, there is no gambling. At least not in the traditional sense. There is no pool hall or saloon or casino. But there is a one week at a time commodities market. You buy beets on Sunday and sell them sometime before the next Sunday. And hopefully, you make a profit. Sounds a little like gambling. But it is a good lesson in commodities trading. Or so it seems.

I like to play the beet market, but I am more of a fisherman and bug collector. After all, the latter are sure things, unlike the beet market. You catch fish and bugs and get paid. Simple. The beet market climbs and sinks, seemingly at the whim of the notorious Tom Nook. Or randomness. I am not sure which. Either way, the beet market is a bit of a gamble. Just a bit. After all, if you lose money on beets, you can always go back to catching fish and bugs. And harvesting fruit.

I enjoy Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It is a fun pastime and even though it is a single person game it is cooperative. The four of us need to decide on certain things together. Which is a fun process. Deciding on what bridge to make where or how to landscape the environment. And it seems to have been released at just the right time. After all, we are stuck on an island in the game and stuck at home in real life. We still get to work and interact online in real life and we get to live our lives with a controller in the game. You can even go to different places online in real life and in the game. And our family enjoys talking about it and even watching each other play.

Of course, it is the commentary that is fun too.

“I can’t believe you missed that bug.”
“What were you thinking with that outfit?”
“When’s supper?”

Okay. Those comments did not all come about while watching each other play the game. At least not all of them. Still. We do have fun commenting on how each other plays the game.

When all is said and done, I like fishing and catching bugs. It is what I am good at. Well, at least I am good at catching fish. The bugs sometimes elude me. Still, I think that when this pandemic is over, I can genuinely say that have become a better fisherman. At least in the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

© 2020 Michael T. Miyoshi

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