The villagers of Animal Crossing New Horizons grilled us when we came back

What about cute video games and guilt trips?Since my first digital puppy (in Tengu (On Nintendo DS) After being neglected for a few weeks, she turned her back on me. I have become a victim of doe-eye animals, which makes me feel sad for choosing to play with other things.

Of course, the Animal Crossing game has long made players feel guilty. When you return home in a few weeks, months, or years, you are likely to be dragged down because you have been away for so long.Although my Nintendo 3DS has a long lifespan, I never returned New leaf After being idle for six months, I was afraid of how my former friends Curt, Sylvia, and Rosie would react. Of course, I can logically tell myself that these are pre-programmed lines spit out by fake animals, but they still sting in some way—especially if I am every few months after the initial gluttonous game period. Only appeared once. The inevitable guilt trip means I may never come back.

But of course, now Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘s is getting a massive free update, even though I haven’t visited my lovely Piña Isle for more than a year, I went back to last week. (Like many other Polygon employees.) Are my villagers ready to make me feel guilty? Hello boy. But I endured it, and then it was over.

If you have the same squeamishness when facing the islanders, then you are not alone! Think of this as a warm-up match to help ease your conscience. Here is how some of our villagers greeted us after they left for a few months (or more than a year!).

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Many characters refuse to believe that we are real. Ghosts, mirages, strangers of the same name…

The piglet Agnes said to the player:

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A pig Agnes said to the player character:

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Some villagers just want us to really feel it.

The pink bird Miranda said to the player:

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They just pretend to forget who we are.

The bear wearing sunglasses and a sweater said to the player character in the aquarium:

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Xiong Canberra said to the player character:

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Adventure, such as Metroid Fear or New Pokémon snapshots? Rossi, I will never!

Rosie, a purple cat, said to the player:

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Sprinkle’s performance is worthy of an Oscar.

Penguin Sprinkle said to the player:

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Penguin Sprinkle said to the player:

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This is a bit confusing because Zach is one of the few dressed up as food.

Zucker is an octopus with takoyaki sauce on his head. He said to the player:

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Then the villagers used satire to cover up their harm. I saw you, Leopold.

Leopold, a lion with a green mane, said to the player:

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A perfectly normal comment here…

Pashmina, a goat wearing a sweater, told the player:

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Unfortunately, I think Beau has discovered that we are all living in simulations.

A Lu Bo said to the player:

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Oh, that’s a lot. But hope it makes it easier to go back.

Thanks to Nicole Clark, Nicole Carpenter, and Emily Heller for their contributions to this story.