AOC Is Visiting People’s Homes In “Animal Crossing”
The Nintendo Switch game has taken the stay-at-home world by storm, even sweeping up members of Congress.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the latest Nintendo Switch gamer to join “Animal Crossing,” the popular video game that has become an enjoyable escape for many people spending more time at home. The 30-year-old Bronx congresswoman, who has previously shown how savvy she is with video game culture in pre-pandemic times, is also using the game to virtually visit and interact with some of her Twitter followers.
Hi there! Very new to this.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 7, 2020
I would like to visit random people’s islands and leave a doodle or note on their bulletin board.
Can I do that? If so, how?
Should I open my DMs for the first time since the Zuckerberg hearing for the Dodo codes?? https://t.co/pQlm0ES1cM
She opened up her direct messages on Twitter for a few minutes so people could send the codes that she’d need to visit their islands in the game, and was pleasantly surprised by the responses:
Honestly never in my life did I think opening my DMs would grant me faith in humanity but the brief window actually resulted in a lot of these messages being very wholesome 😭— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 7, 2020
People are asking for surprise visits to their spouse’s islands!! This is the love everyone deserves 💕
Update 2: first ever House call (get it?😉) in the books!— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 7, 2020
It was so sweet. Island belonged to a family of three. We exchanged fruit, took pictures, and I signed a bulletin note using my touch screen.
I was floored by how fast they typed and they taught me about the app. 🥰 pic.twitter.com/KJsI6Gjh9p
UPDATE 3: Okay! After a few visits earlier I am reopening for a few more #AOCHouseCalls🏡.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 8, 2020
DMs are opening again for 4 minutes, drop me your Dodo code and a note and I may stop by!
(Yes that is a hand drawn campaign shirt & no I haven’t sorted out exporting screenshots yet 😬) pic.twitter.com/K7Idxnj09W
When a Republican who recently lost her congressional primary election made fun of AOC for daring to spend time playing a video game and connecting with people virtually, the New York Democrat had a quick response:
It certainly seems like people were appreciating the special visits:
Washington Post reporter Gene Park figured out that the first family AOC visited in the game coincidentally used to live in her district:
Wow! Had no idea they were from NY14 - what a small world— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 8, 2020
Overall, the first round of #AOCHouseCalls seems to have been a huge success — so much so that one Twitter user pitched the idea of hosting the 2020 Democratic National Convention in the virtual world.