A scene from the video game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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As the coronavirus continues to upend the lives of people around the world, many are using the simulation game to live out experiences and routines disrupted by the pandemic — and for a sense of normalcy and connection.

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In the popular video game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players create the islands of their dreams — and they have to take care of it.  

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