Hope "Animal Crossing" has more inclusive hairstyle options

  • When the latest work in the Animal Crossing series, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, was released in March, Animal Crossing Bells can help you build your ideal island. This popular video game is popular with players of all ages because of its super cute avatar and the necessary escapism that it brings to people during the initial lock-in period.

    Although the game is fun, it is not without flaws. A player named Taniesha Bracken-Hucks noticed the lack of African textured hairstyles that can be used for customizable characters. She has since created a petition with the hope of triggering a revolution. The petition called "Creating More Inclusive Hairstyles for Animal Crossing (ACNH)" started in June and has accumulated nearly 40,000 signatures so far. Bracken-Hucks hopes that his profile picture looks more like her, which means the addition of hairstyle options that black women often choose. "When I finally decided to accept and love my natural hair, I was sad to see that there was no option to match my hair style in the virtual world."

    The lack of African-American feminine hairstyles is not the only reason for animal crossing. Gamers have discussed countless times before the lack of diversity in video game characters, which has prompted developers to create better options.

    Players can customize the eyes, lips, hair, etc. of the character throughout the game. First, everyone can choose eight different hairstyles in different colors. While playing the game, you can earn Nook miles Ticket (a currency) to unlock other 22 available hairstyles. It is hoped that Nintendo and other video game companies will see the petition and begin to provide characters that reflect the diversity of players who play games.