Animal Crossing and Splatoon 2 Players Unite for Virtual Black Lives Matter Protests

Animal Crossing and Splatoon 2 Players Unite for Virtual Black Lives Matter Protests

The Squids are alright.

This past weekend, protests against police brutality have rocked the U.S. Entire cities have come together under the banner of Black Lives Matter, being met in many instances with brute force and violence from an increasingly militaristic police force. While the physical protests were going on across the nation, players of two Nintendo games took to virtual streets.

These two games are Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Splatoon 2. I took a stroll through the latter's Inkopolis Plaza earlier today, and saw various signs standing up for the Black Lives Matter protests. It's a reassuring and heartwarming sight.

Just one of the many placards in Splatoon 2. | Hirun Cryer, Nintendo

Elsewhere in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players have been putting together custom designs to represent the protests. You can see an example of Black Lives Matter posters in New Horizons just below, and there's also been Black Lives Matter jumpers and other apparel put together by players across the Animal Crossing subreddit.

Earlier this year in April, we reported on Animal Crossing: New Horizons becoming the new battleground for the fight for democracy in Hong Kong. Reporter Alexis Ong delved into the protests in New Horizons, and how they represented a new way for those in Hong Kong to fight back against China. The Black Lives Matter protests in Animal Crossing aren't the first virtual protests to take place in the game, and they surely won't be the last.

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Hirun Cryer

Staff Writer

Hirun Cryer is by far the most juvenile member of USgamer. He's so juvenile, that this is his first full-time job in the industry, unlike literally every other person featured on this page. He's written for The Guardian, Paste Magazine, and Kotaku, and he likes waking up when the sun rises and roaming the nearby woods with the bears and the wolves.

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