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Our Top Ten Most Viral Articles Of 2020

Find out what Popdust users cared about the most in 2020.

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Plenty has been said and written about the chaos of 2020.

Between the global health crisis, economic recession, political turmoil, and social justice movements that transfixed the world, it seems that something notable happened just about every day of this year.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

While this year has been a lackluster time to be alive and general disappointment in almost every regard, this year's gaming experience has been one of the saving graces of 2020.

With new consoles and a handful of new games freshly released, 2020 has been filled with some of the greatest gaming experiences in recent memory. But Geoff Keighley's highly anticipated game-of-the-year award ceremony is closing in, and in the end, only one game can truly be crowned champion.

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“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” Lets Villagers Join the Biden Campaign

The 2020 presidential election has come to "Animal Crossing."

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The Animal Crossing franchise is known for its cute and cathartic gameplay, adorable characters and amazing home décor possibilities, and most recently—promoting Joe Biden's presidential campaign with the new option for villagers to represent the Democratic vote with Biden campaign signs.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a 2020 life simulation video game created by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. It's the fifth main series title within the Animal Crossing series. New Horizons was released in all regions on March 20, 2020 and became an instant hit during the pandemic.

Starting this month, Nintendo is enabling villagers to decorate their homes with Democratic décor. With the pandemic moving the polls online and most people stuck at home, the Biden campaign isn't about to pass up the opportunity to appeal to the millions of at-home gamers who represent potential votes.

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Raymond the Smug Cat and the Dark Underbelly of "Animal Crossing"

Raymond's popularity sheds light on a bizarre underside of the Animal Crossing fandom.


Raymond is a smug cat who highlights his heterochromatic eyes with hipster glasses.

He is essentially the same exact character as every other Animal Crossing villager with a "Smug" personality type, but again, and this is very important, Raymond is a cat with heterochromatic eyes and hipster glasses. As such, he has completely broken the Animal Crossing community.

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AOC, champion of the people and my personal president, is now visiting people's islands on Animal Crossing.

That's during her spare time when she's not fighting tooth and nail for her constituents, either by literally delivering food to people in the rain or by being the one sole naysayer to a bill that would pour funds into the hands of businesses while failing to cancel rent that many people simply cannot pay.

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With Animal Crossing functioning as a substitute for pretty much every aspect of real life during quarantine, chances are that you're already living on your own virtual island.

Considering the massive Nintendo Switch shortage (that's still going on months into quarantine!), there's also a decent chance that you bought the console specifically to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons. But as anyone who has logged 300 plus hours into the game already knows, you eventually reach a point where you've done practically everything you can possibly do on your least until the next day.

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