Friday, September 17th, 2021

Nintendo and Oxford University want to know the psychological state of Animal Crossing players


A new survey released by Nintendo of the United States and Oxford University hopes to explore the correlation between the game time of “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” and the mental health of players.

The survey appears to be sent to specific Nintendo account holders, first asking the interviewees about their most recent New Horizons game time. The questions focus on how much time players have spent on the game in the past two weeks, and how much of the game time is actually “playing” the game, rather than simply running it in the background.

The next stage of the survey asks players about their satisfaction and feelings about the game, including agree/disagree questions, such as “I can always find interesting things to do in AC:NH”, “I have a very good ability to play AC:NH Match “face the challenge of the game”, “I play AC:NH to forget my problems”, or even “I play AC:NH because I feel bad if I don’t play.”

Towards the end of the investigation, the question focused more on the player’s overall mental health, including a question asking whether you are currently living the “best life” or the “worst life”. You can see some issues in the following tweets, shared online by Rebecca Stone of Twinfinite:

Of course, the survey is not sent to everyone, but we want you to have the opportunity to express your opinion. If you wish, please feel free to vote in our own poll.

This survey appears to be a follow-up to a similar study shared by Oxford University last year, which found that games like Animal Crossing are good for your mental health.