Opinion: Sorry purists, time travel in Animal Crossing is too much fun

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has proved record-breakingly popular, but some pedants have got their knickers in a twist at fans employing a lazy little cheat.

Games are meant to be fun, right? That’s why we sometimes skip repetitive side-quests or ignore boring fetch-missions. The moment a game starts to feel like a grind or a drag, it loses some of its magic.

This is why people embrace time travel in Animal Crossing. The game syncs with your real-life Switch calendar, so pushing your date forward will cause all manner of new seasonal critters to appear, buildings to pop up, and fresh-faced villagers to move in.

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