I’ve been thinking, after all these years of blogging, that maybe it was time to share something a bit more personal about myself. Let me tell you a bit about where I live…in Animal Crossing. From time to time, my mom and I enjoy playing Animal Crossing: City Folk, where we have, over the course of several years, amassed and spent millions of Bells. If you’re not familiar with Animal Crossing, this is a game where you, a human, live in a village of talking animals, earn money (usually by fishing, catching bugs, or receiving various strange gifts from the villagers as rewards for doing errands for them). You basically spend the game earning money and eventually upgrading your house to three levels, which you can decorate to your heart’s content.
Recently, we accumulated so much stuff, however, that we each had to make use of the third and fourth houses respectively to store all of these possessions. I know, that’s all quite silly, isn’t it? But we got two new houses to decorate out of the deal, and two new characters, as well. In the end, our Crossing houses turned out so delightful (and were filled with so many rare or expensive items from our years of playing) that it seemed like it was time to share them with you all. Now, this console is not connected to my capture card, so I was not able to take any screenshots, but I did take some decent quality photos, so here we go.
First of all, the day I decided to take photos of everyone’s houses was also the very first day we ever shot down the UFO. We had only seen the thing once a couple days prior but were too slow to do anything about it (Twiggy was talking to me when this large shadow went by, and by the time she finished with whatever it was she was saying, I couldn’t catch up to it), so it was a super exciting day indeed when we finally got the chance to get a rare item from Gulliver, the supposedly extraterrestrial seagull. (I, for one, am not buying his tale.) We got a Metroid out of the deal, which went to my first character’s house, as she has a collection perfectly suited for this kind of thing. But seriously, why did it take several years of playing to finally see the darn UFO! What’s with that?
Ahem, and now for the house tours. Our town is called Oerba, and my very first character is Vanille, a character from Final Fantasy XIII who hails from a town named Oerba. As you can see, her house has a Moogle flag and sits right in front of the river. Or…the river sits right in front of it. Something like that anyway.
Inside, I have an Asian-inspired living room on the middle floor, along with a goldfish whom I named Peepers after my popeyed goldfish (may she rest in peace). By the doorway, I also have some special flowers. Upstairs was redone. Originally it was a plain and simple bedroom, but then I got some of the Gorgeous Furniture and added a sitting room with a fireplace. It looks much better now. Downstairs is the gaming room, complete with almost every gaming-related item in the game (aside from those pixelated items from Super Mario Bros, which are fun, but a bit odd), including my newly acquired Metroid and even a GameCube in a shelf. Oh, and Vanille wears a crown that cost one million Bells. At that price, she probably should wear it forever.
The second character, in order of save files, is mom’s character Tess. She lives near Nook’s shop, and her surrounding land apparently got a lot of traffic, as it has since been reduced to a barren field. To remedy that, we have planted lots of flowers and have even given the house a flowery flag.
The ground floor is decorated with Princess furniture. It used to contain the entire set, but she decided a bed wasn’t needed on the ground level and changed it up a bit. She also has a goldfish named Peepette (Peepers’ sister, of course), AKA Diet Doctor Peepers…. Upstairs is my favorite room of mom’s house because it has a lot of color, plus it includes our favorite couch in the game. Downstairs originally had some Gracie furniture, but it later was redecorated to showcase some newly purchased Gorgeous furniture.
The next character created was mom’s second character Claire, little sister to Tess. She lives very close by to Tess and has a flag with a cross to celebrate our Christian-hood. I designed it myself, and I think it looks more or less glorious.
Claire’s main floor features some Pave furniture, a set of furniture we didn’t used to like, but now we’ve realized it’s not half bad. (Claire has since gotten a goldfish of her own named Little Bo Peepers, along with a seahorse pal named Karina.) Upstairs is my personal favorite room of the house, the one and only kitchen in the entire game, which includes a toaster, a microwave, and some delightful citrus wallpaper. Downstairs has several sections, a bathroom in the lower left corner, a sitting area in the lower right, and the top half of the room is dedicated to the bedroom. As you can see, she was also able to finally make use of the few pieces of Sweets furniture she bought a while back, the couch, the lamp (which looks like ice cream), and the bed. I like the Sweets Couch the most. It looks delicious.
The last character we created was mine, Yuna. She lives on the beach, and I decided this was actually Vanille’s beach house (because she’s so darn rich), and Yuna is the maid. Even though Yuna gets to live there, gets full freedom to decorate, and has little to no work, so it seems like a pretty sweet deal to me.
I think I like Yuna’s house a lot more than Vanille’s. It’s just nicer all around, probably because I was just better at decorating when I did this house. I like putting less furniture along the walls, and I have since started breaking rooms up into specific sections. On the ground floor is the beach room, with a small indoor pond and garden in the lower right corner and an exotic chest in the lower left corner (which I claim is where Yuna keeps her shoes, scarves, and other outdoor gear, since the game has no coat rack and the like for the entryway). In the upper right, she has a relaxing hammock to nap in, and in the upper left is a small living room, my favorite part of the room. Upstairs is her bedroom, complete with a semi-private bathtub and a small sitting area, including the shamrock I found one day, which appears as a book when you place it inside for some reason. (After the pictures were taken, Yuna also got a goldfish named Mary Peepins.) Downstairs is her piano, her sewing corner, and another sitting area. I also have a whole bunch of special flowers I grew.
And that’s all for my Crossing tour. I like that every house, and every character, has a unique style from the rest. It’s strange how entertaining it can be to decorate a fake house, but we had a blast doing it, so I hope you enjoyed checking them out.
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