Update: Jules insists this was a joke specifically targeting a friend of his and further explained how he thinks time travel is still a valid way to play and enjoy Animal Crossing: New Horizons:
Original article: One heated topic that keeps resurfacing on a weekly basis is time travelling in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Nintendo's already taken extra measures to prevent time travellers from spoiling the fun for other players, and we even ran a poll earlier this week asking what the community thought about this playstyle – with more than 30% disagreeing with the idea of it.
Even the former Nintendo of America president Reggie chimed in last week, reassuring fans he would "never" time travel in Animal Crossing. Now, Jules Conroy, the guitarist for Crypt of the NecroDancer and last year's Legend of Zelda game, Cadence of Hyrule, has shared his own thoughts. Over on Twitter, he decided to petition for a passport stamp to label individuals who time travel in the game. Take a look below:
The tweet has since blown up, with nearly 5,000 likes at the time of writing. Jules, later on, said he was "just poking some fun" and even jokingly agreed with the following proposal from Twitter user smooth brain:
In past Animal Crossing games, time travelling resulted in broken relationships, lots of weeds in your town and villagers asking where you've been. As already noted, Nintendo has made some attempts to combat this playstyle in the latest entry, but there are still certain ways to go about.
Do you agree with the above idea, even if it is just a bit of a joke? Do you think there should be more serious penalties in place for time travellers? Share your thoughts below.
It would be nice if time travelers were easier to identify so I could avoid playing with them. Cheaters in any game should really stick to single player. The main issue with something like this is that it could brand people are cheaters incorrectly. I unintentionally went backwards an hour from 5am to 4am (so essentially backwards a day) when the clocks went back for daylight savings while I was playing and I didn't notice the clock was wrong until Isabelle's announcement.
It's fun to play with others, I can understand why some people don't want to exchange goods, items or turnip prices with those who time travel or modify the game, especially with the new events and such, but the game is about having fun. You can play with whoever you want to, just have fun and let the people play how they want to. I do love the "time traveler's" stamp idea for a "complete" game
Reggie will make it happen.
iirc, he said that for NL in the past too. So it's not something new.
Edit: don't like it, take the option out of the game. Make it like mmo with Microtransaction.
I've got no problem with people time traveling but it would be good to see something differentiating time travelers and regular players. Maybe a badge you loose if you time travel.
I set my Switch up on day 1 over 3 years ago with the time set by the internet and haven’t touched it since. Doesn’t it automatically change the time when it connects to the net for daylight savings etc?
I will play Animal Crossing as it was designed to be played. Slowly over the course of time.
As far as I am concerned, this is primarily a single player experience. Sure we can visit each other's islands and stuff but the vast majority of the game in my view, is single player.
Aside from the people who are actually hacking save files to give themselves anything they want, I see no issue with however you want to play.
I don't time travel. I don't even like taking advantage of the player made tarantula islands. I feel like this is the kind of game that's meant to be a slow burn, play a bit each day for months and months. That's how I have fun with it. Exploiting game mechanics or time travelling destroys the whole point of the game for me.
But short of hacking, I think you should be able to play however you like. If the way you have fun is to time travel and abuse the system and do everything in 2 days. Well, that's your choice.
But if you're using the save file editor, you need to stay the hell off online play! I'm not getting banned because YOU cheated!
Time travelling ruins the concept of animal crossing for me. I want to be able to play as sort of a side game that I can play for 1 to 2 hours a day for a long period of time. If you start time travelling you would be better off with playing a game like stardew valley.
Maybe a stamp that says “100% time cheater” instead. I don’t understand why people feel the need to do it as surely it negates the whole point of the slow-burn pace of the game
If ‘time-traveling’ means I spend less real world hours while enabling me to achieve my goal. I agree with it, games have too much time wasting int he now!
Never played the game though but I would not wait a real day just to do something in a GAME!
@BenAV I'm a bit confused on your reason for unintentionally going backwards in time. Could you elaborate it? I'm curious.
How about just letting people play the game the way they want? the whole point of this game is to take it at your own pace - it's not like they're cheating some multiplayer leaderboards or something.
I quite like the idea of the stamp. Sometimes when I go to others islands, I think ‘wow, this is incredible’ when all they did is time travel. It at least would tell people that they didn’t decorate their island in the way Nintendo intended, and they didn’t put in ‘as much’ work as you may of thought. I don’t have anything against time travellers, I just think the stamp would be a great idea.
I quite like the stamp idea, however I wouldn’t brand it with cheater, just simply time traveller so that it doesn’t have a negative stigma attached
How does time traveling affect other players? I don't play Animal Crossing so idk.
The thing about cheaters in AC is that they post their stuff on social media to spoil the game quickly for everyone else. If they just time travelled quietly offline, it wouldn't be much of a deal.
AC cheaters, like all cheaters, ruin the game experience for everyone — in this case, it's when their efforts are posted to social media to boast. It's a different kind of passive aggressive cheating, perhaps not as unethical as cheating in an online shooter, for instance. But we have seen time travelers have real life implications for the game, such as the recently reduced monthly interest in the Nook ABD. And this change affects everyone, whether you time travelled or not...
This would only encourage more people to time travel but ok
Seems like a good idea.
I've no problem with time-travelling, or cheats in games in general – but if it LOOKS like you completed the game legitimately when you didn't – then I don't see any harm in that being made clear.
That way non-time Travellers can understand there is a good reason they haven't progressed their Island in the same way as a time-traveller AND the time-travellers have a new incentive to go back at a later date to 100% it as Nintendo intended the game to be played (stamp-free).
@brunojenso Yup, it's basically the same conceptually as the game Celeste that stamped your file if you used assist mode to help you out. If you want to do it legit, you don't use assist mode to avoid the stamp.
If we think of an Animal Crossing town like a baby - something to be nurtured and cared for over the course of weeks, months, and years - then TTing (and uploading the results to social media) is like pumping that baby full of steroids and parading them around kindergarten.
Sure, your baby is way more jacked than everyone else’s babies, and when you say “check out my beefed-up bambino”, people will surely concur that it is indeed a burly bairn. But... you might also get some disapproving looks, as well as people questioning whether you’ve really grasped the meaning of parenthood.
...Sorry, that’s a rather unsettling analogy. I don’t really mind too much. It’s your game, you own it, you can do what you want with it. But I don’t want to see the results. Spoilers and all that.
Yes, this would be amazing to have in game. It's what the cheaters truly deserve. Or give them there own cheater economy to screw up and not ours.
@JamesJose7 I was playing the game when the clock went back an hour in real life for daylight savings. It didn't immediately update in-game so the next day started an hour early (5am in-game, 4am in real life) which is realised the clock was wrong. I then saved and quit the game (didn't want to buy turnips while the clock was wrong) which fixed the in-game clock, resulting in me going from 5am back to 4am in-game.
'he did go on to agree with the idea of making it impossible for time travellers to 100% the game'
Check the tweet again; the joke he is replying too is suggesting that because only time travellers get the stamp, only they can truly get 100%.
This dude probably supports not having cloud saves
By just reading the comments here it seems anyone who plays this game is so utterly judgemental about incredibly small things (like about how someone wants to enjoy their game they play in their free time) that I must think they are judgemental about more serious things as well and this is really sad. Grow up guys.
I will keep Time Travelling no matter what.
There is NO "What is done, is done."
I said "I can go back to the past or future whenever i want."
I take control the time i play.
I will NOT follow the normal time flow conducting me to play the game everyday because sometimes i cannot play Animal Crossing everyday.
Forcing player to keep playing everyday or i get punished by losing a villager is not a cool idea.
I need a Time Control to keep the game stay safe when i leave the game for long time.
That's why i need Time Travel, not just for a sake of getting quick result.
I don't want a change in my town without my acknowledge.
I don't want villagers cycling.
I don't want to lose my favorite villagers.
That's why i need to freeze the game to keep my island stay same and safe when i leave the game for long time.
If they really didn't want time traveling, they could prevent it without much effort. It's not a serious matter in any way so the reaction against it is pretty unnecessary. I agree that I don't think that Time Travelling is the intended way to play, but in the end, it doesn't impact toouxh, especially with updates keeping players from seeing everything.
But geez, even my GF time travels and I don't and it can be annoying to see she has all of these things that I'm still waiting on and lords it over me. Like, "why don't you have your museum complete already?" Or even the guys who completely finished the art exhibit within a few hours. It can sour someone's experience but it's such a limited online interaction that it should be overlooked.
That gut did the Necro dancer soundtrack? Had no idea. Saw him do a vid with Petrucci who is a decent guitarist. He's not bad himself, but I think daddy paid the way for his whole career. Anyway, sounds like a good idea, though.
Any ‘cheat’ that takes about 2 seconds of your time isn’t exactly a cheat at all. It’s no more of a cheat than playing the game 24 hours a day, you’d be playing it less even with time travel.
Awesome idea with a cheater stamp.
YOOOOO THAT WAS MEEEEE POGGERS !! also can you maybe link my twitter ._.
@Chappertron hello that was me
It is not valid at all -it's an awful way to ruin the games experince for you -please do not follow this man's advice smh lol.
Seriously...what the hell man.
Some of you have some real "holier-than-thou" attitudes, and it shows.
@NookMiler this is probably one of the best explanations. People don’t understand people time traveling and breaking the game, then cyber flexing online still has an impact on everyone else. Because of them they nintendo is nerfing things left and right. By the end of May it’s going to be much harder for both time travelers and regular players and we only have them to thank.
That would be nice to implement actually but the backlash from it, even if it is just a notification like THIEF in Link’s Awakening isn’t worth the headache for Nintendo. Gaming communities tend to sort this out on their own though, such as rage quit lists in forums.
I''ll play the game however I want. IDGAF wut anyone else thinks. God some ppl and pushing their views on others. You'll all make great republicans some day. I would be ok with a Marty MCFlew card though.
Why are people getting mad at how other people enjoy their single player experience?
I keep hearing how Time Travelers are ruining the game for everyone but no one can really show how, its just speculation. The stalk economy is still the same as ever, what else are people freaking out about? Did I just miss something?
@SlimPieEats You honestly think only one political party forces their views on people?
@Heavyarms55 can one even use a save file editor for this ( or any other game ) on Switch? Never heard of or know about it, lol! What I saw for this game are fake generate code for bells, like most ( games currency ) for PC game.
@UnknownReader Yes, you can use a save file editor for pretty much any game for switch if you modded it properly and have the know-how.
@Kalmaro ikr. Isn't this site post tons of stuff about this game too (spoiler). There one about tips and trick, best island and what not.
And yet the person is here every day reading it.
(quote) they post their stuff on social media to spoil the game quickly for everyone else.
And then another post say the lowing bank interest is to curb the TT, how? All you need is do a few task to get nook miles then travel to mystery island to chop all woods, fish, pick flowers and fruits to sell and you get that so call reduced interest that the bank too away back. Want get more bells, make daily in-demand items cranny store requested. You don't need all the high spawn insect or interest rate to make bells.
@UnknownReader I don't know the exact details because I don't use it. But I know there is one made by the same people who hack Pokemon. They can do things like covering the island in stacks of 30 gold nuggets or setting their turnip price to like 9999 bells.
@Kalmaro ic. Using a non ninty charger might brick the system, not going to modded it. Ninty stuff is too sensitive.
@Heavyarms55 Learn something new. Never knew that. I only know about 3ds where people do the shiny. I don't even know what so good about shiny pokemon, lol!
@UnknownReader I've been using non-ninty approved stuff for ages, it's all about just being smart amd researching before you buy.
@UnknownReader I love shiny Pokemon, I have a decent few. But if you just check a box on a hacking device, I don't see the appeal either. But I don't really care if people want to do that on the base level, what I care about is the lying and the potential guilt by association. More than one kid has been "given" a shiny only to get in trouble at a tournament or see their device locked off the internet because it was hacked with impossible moves or something.
If hackers actually take the trouble to make their Pokemon perfectly identical to legit Pokemon, I don't mind. But the risk involved to other players who often don't know or agree to that behavior is where I draw the line.
For AC the risk is giving out items that shouldn't be obtainable right now, or just doing a poor job hacking so that your device gets flagged for cheating when you go online...
@Kalmaro I use 3rd party stuff in the beginning too. it did not brick my system. But we are talking about Nintendo. They are like old people with menopause, you don't know when they decide to throw tantrum ( and then finger point ) so research and be smart might not work sometime.
With the "filthy" "cheater" pejoratives removed, the general idea isn't 100% bad. Some online players unfamiliar with TTing might wonder why other people's towns online are so far ahead of their own town. So maybe a little (non-pejorative) icon could be added to the online profile of frequent TTers, or TTers who have travelled months into the future. Not as a form of shaming mind you - I'm very much against shaming people when all they've done is used their £50 game purchase in a way that they find the most enjoyable.
A TT icon on profiles could serve as a useful heads-up that basically tells people unfamilar with TTing that "hey, this player has been to the future in their game, that's why their progress is so far ahead of yours, don't bother making unfavourable comparisions between your town and theirs, because theirs is naturally going to look a lot different from a non-TT'ed town, ok?"
People can time travel by accident, though. This happened on my New Leaf save file, when the battery in my 3DS got bumped and the date got reset to 01/01/2011. I booted the game up and clicked past Isabelle stating the date and time without actually reading it. (I got some "non-legit" bank interest after I changed the date back.) So I suppose if they added an icon on TTer's profiles, they'd need to make it harder to unintentionally TT - perhaps on booting the game, Isabelle could ask "I noticed an unusual change in the date, are you REALLY sure you want to continue?" when the game detects a large discrepancy between the date that has been set and the real-life date.
Personally, I wouldn't intentionally time travel, but it's harmless, and it's useful for the people whose play style is more centred around the town and interior design parts of the game than the other parts of it. For players who like that sort of gameplay, it might be good if Nintendo made a separate game/mode to appeal to those players, that would operate more like a sandbox game, where all furniture, bridges and landscaping tools are readily available without having to wait weeks for them. It could be somewhat of a successor to the 3DS game Happy Home Designer - perhaps call it "Happy Town Designer" or something like that.
I don't really know how they would make something like that work, but the existence of Happy Home Designer makes me think that they could do a more customisation-centred game/mode again.
@Heavyarms55 if hacking and use it for online tournament or PVP, then it should be against the rule and be punished. But AC is not PVP or tournament, unless we are talking about those who exploit and use it to sell for real money on ebay or other forum. But people who do it for themselves I still see nothing wrong.
(edit @Heavyarms55 I agree "The hacking can put other players at risk." What I meant above " But people who do it for themselves I still see nothing wrong." is player doing TT for themselves I see nothing wrong as long as it's for themselves and not use it to make real money off other. But then again, those who willing to pay is their choice, we can't hold their money hostage. Just like if people willing to pay to get Raymond on their island, who are we to stop them.)
@UnknownReader The hacking can put other players at risk. People with hacked Switches need to stay off all online features.
Earlier this year hackers started cheating in Pokemon that were not yet obtainable in Pokemon Sword and Shield and attempted trading them online using the "surprise trade" feature. But because this was sending them to non-hacked copies of the game, it broke the online functions for those legit copies of the game. Those players found themselves screwed for days or even weeks until GF figured out how to fix it in a way that helped legit players get their games back.
The same sort of risk is there for Animal Crossing or any other game with any sort of multi player connections.
It's a single player game with a multiplayer function...so...who gives a fu**. Just play the game how you want and stop trying to demand or force others to play it how you want them to play it. It's not effecting anyone.
@Heavyarms55 I read about hacker got banned. I thought it was to do with them using it to win the tournament.
AC, I wish I can hack to have more than 10 villager on my island, lol!
I didn't care about the "glitch" before where you can duplicate stuff, I don't care about the interest rate, or the insect over spawning. as long they spawn, lol!
I get **** rate for turnip so I don't even play the stock market and mystery island, is always the same fruits, island design, flowers. I got ONCE blue windflower and ONCE bells island.. that is it and once nice island design, lol!
I just use my little girl island to exchange stuff like diy and furniture ( her game has better luck than mine ).
Time travelling is cheating. We are just living in today's world where people don't want to call things as they should. Cheating is cheating. It's like saying that aimbot for shooters is a play-style, hahaha.
Can we just let people enjoy things? I understand that time traveling is cheating, and I personally don’t time travel myself. But for the people that like to time travel, just let them play the game how they want to play it. Y’all on here need to stop getting salty.
tImE tRaVeLlInG iS cHeAtInG. No it **** isn't. Me not wanting to wait a whole day just to use the shop is cheating? I don't shop, dig fossils, or any of that. I just skip time to not lose financial gain. If you don't like time travelling then don't do it. The game is about customization and doing what you want. I hate this stupid generation of little kids that can't handle other people having a different opinion as them.
@MidnightLaces Nice spelling
Wow. People are taking this way too seriously. It's a single player game. It's not an MMO. You technically aren't supposed to be trading outside of the game anyways. Time travel all you want. First it was the dupe glitch, now this. Get over it. This isn't the only game you can use to time travel. You can do it in Pokémon as well. Gamers always find something to whine about.
@Linknallie you're right. It's not cheating. Did anyone forget all the cheats during the PS2/Xbox era and before it? No one cared then. The "economy" in AC is artifical anyways. You're not supposed to be trading outside of the any game. People need to play their game and leave everyone else alone.
Man people take this way too seriously. I said this before but I'll say it again, if you bought a 60$ game, you have the right to do whatever you want with it
@Doofenshmirtz definitely more that $60 for some people. Cos this is a 1 save one island game. So to some, it,s $250 -$300 ++ game.
90 percent of ACNH players who say that time traveling is cheating - "log onto switch, buy turnips for 95 bells, check facebook for turnip prices, go to someone's island they never met irl sell the turnips for 628. Then go brag to their friends that they made millions, log off get on their phone.. go to forums and complain about time travelers cheating"
The other 10 percent "people post pictures of their cool towns that they clearly got by time traveling.. I now somehow feel less adequate in my real life, so therefore its totally wrong for them to do it because ---> I <--- let it affect me"
It's simple, time traveling is not cheating. It's a different way to play the game. PERIOD. It affects no one else, unless they themselves are so insecure in their life that it truly bothers them that someone in virtual world has a basement in their virtual house before them.. dont let me see anyone complaining about time travelers, wearing any outfits or using any pictures to hang on their walls that anyone else created... that would be taking a shortcut and something you didnt do yourself!
This article should of tackled something more important in gaming. Headline should of read "Cadence of Hyrule Song Creator Finds Way to Bring Gaming Gatekeepers Out of the Woodwork"
Far too often I see in multiple games people gatekeeping videogames. In a time where videogames are truly becoming a great way to escape the daily beating of terrible news, we should be enjoying each other in gaming, not trying to gatekeep just because someone plays a game different than you.
So my advice to you gatekeepers, enjoy the game the way you want. Let me enjoy the game the way I want.
@Ardisan @Ardisan It affects them in no way at all. Its primarily a single player game. They are just complaining bc they’re jealous someone has progressed further than them because of time travel. I mean I get how it can spoil the game for others but like why is this different than any other video game? The thing about video games is people progress at different rates and lots of games have time manipulation because without it, the game would be too slow and boring. Animal crossing is a bit different though I admit but not that different and I respect people who stick to no TT because that is the method the creators mainly intended it for. But y’all need to CHILL honestly. I didn’t know the animal crossing community was full of so many judgmental people. Like who knew a cute, relaxing game with imaginary talking animals could be so controversial?
Holla to my fellow time travelers!!!! Been doing it since the ole GC days. Funny how no one cared then but now Im a cheater!!! Holla to the cheaters!!!! ilu❤️❤️❤️😘
I mean I don't time travel but people need to get over themselves. Who cares if you time travel? With level of entitlement you you need to get some chill out lessons from Karen on FB🙂.
Also "over 30%" that means 70% either don't care or are okay with it. Don't use wording to make things seem bigger than they are. It makes you look like human scum. 😁
Have a nice life, prove you wrong later. 🙂
"Why are people getting mad at how other people enjoy their single player experience?"
Well... who exactly is getting mad about this? In here, users are just expressing their thoughts on time travelling. I don't favor time travelling (not even in the slightest, really). I won't stop others from time travelling, but that doesn't stop me and others from saying what we think about travelling. We see it as taking away from the slow-burn nature of the game, nothing more.
Haha, c'mon Kalmaro. Based on your comments from previous articles, you of all people on NLife should know this
"I keep hearing how Time Travelers are ruining the game for everyone but no one can really show how, its just speculation. The stalk economy is still the same as ever, what else are people freaking out about? Did I just miss something?"
In the same vein, who said that travelers are ruining the game for everyone? I've not seen a whole lot of users saying this... and that would be a weird argument to make, really.
@veeflames I've not seen a whole lot of users saying this.
So you admit that you've seen people saying this, which was all my point was. I don't understand why anyone says it.
People are getting up in arms with how people play a single player game, it's really odd. I'm not in the mood to start calling everyone out, that's just petty and time consuming.
@Kalmaro Nah, I'm saying it's not really a widespread complaint. People are gonna be people and say whatever they're gonna say. We don't have to understand why a few individuals are making that complaint, but we don't have to make it seem like it's a widespread thing.
And again, we have to be careful about who's "getting up in arms" with this kind of thing. I wouldn't say people just saying they're not in favor of time travelling is people "getting up in arms" about how people play a single player game, to be honest.
@veeflames I dont recall saying it was a widespread issue, I couldn't even if I wanted to, I don't have numbers to back that up.
People are absolutely getting worked up over it though and I just find that interesting.
@Kalmaro Well, when you ask why people are complaining about others doing so so and so, you won't find a good answer if the number of "people" is small.
So it's like me saying that I'm getting worked up over something that not a whole lot of people are saying in the first place. I don't have the numbers either (hence why I asked ya), but I still wouldn't say the numbers are that high.
Don't mind Nintendo Life using Animal Crossing controversy for clicks, but this is a little sketchy, using two Youtube friends goofing around on Twitter out of context for a clickbait article. I follow Alpharad on Twitter - this is hilariously out of context to suggest there's any controversy here. Both of them can take it, but I'm also not sure why you think Alpharad or Family Jules deserve this, unless the journalist is also part of the bit.
@veeflames And that's fine, I never implied that there was a large sample size. I'm just curious why the ones that are got so bent out of shape.
The number of people was never a concern. Much like if I was wondering why people may try to light their farts, the amount of people doing it is a totally different topic.
@Kalmaro Heh, well I guess you've got a point. I dunno, I've never been one to even care about what others have to say about something unless it's a widespread thing.
Certainly weird if someone is claiming the way another person plays their games affects the way the former is playing their own games, but unless it's trending on Twitter or something? Eh.
seriously, people buy that game with their own money..
it's their choices whether to do TT or not..
if they really spread the spoiler ...what kind?
spoiling a museum ? bugs? fishes ?
it's already on game system anyway..
even devs already spoiled us many things, like Redd and Leif.. because i think it could be surprised to players..
@Doofenshmirtz thank you!!! People saying it takes away the fun... yeah, to you. If I weren’t allowed to play the game I bought the way I want I wouldn’t have bought it, simple as that. Time traveling has always been a thing in AC games.
also cheater is someone who get the advantage and the other one get disadvantage from the one who cheats
but this kind of time travel do not even cause disadvantage to other people who don't do TT...
@veeflames The AC reddit community says it constantly and has becomes toxic af. Let people play the game they bought the way they want to, simple.
@NookMiler how can they spoil you ?
stuffs ? it's not spoilers, it's already on the Game anyway..
the game isn't about story telling which change everyday with new things that don't exist in previous day for all players..
there is no secret and mysterious things on this game
even Devs already spoiled us many things like this leif and redd, also fishing tourney, etc...
plus this is video game, not movies and series, if you want to avoid kind of spoiler, just don't surf the internet for real
How about a Nook Mile "achievement" that deletes all of their Nook Miles?
If it's a legitimate way to play you wouldn't have to go to system settings multiple times per day to make it work.
@lordzand if it wasnt a legitimate way to play they would have blocked it completely.. digging holes around a large stone to gaurentee you get 9 drops from a stone wasnt how they intended that to work.. yet I bet you do it.. so essentially you are "cheating" in your own eyes no?
@BenAV ooooh I get it. We don't have that in my country so I got confused for a second, thanks.
@BenAV I agree, if they want to time travel, fine, but hey should just mind their own business and play single player
Anybody who time travels is a degenerate scumbag who deserves to suffer horribly and be mocked for it uwu
Even if you only went one day ahead, went back, and never did it again, you deserve to be shamed for it uwu
There are no actual spoilers in this game (especially when there are big new updates like the art which is shared to all players online through YouTube), and this method of gameplay is not cheating IMO. It speeds up what I consider to be a mechanic (real-time clock) that is far too limited and unforgiving to a good portion of the community, (ex. the real-time wait for something like a bridge to be "built")... it can make the game boring to play once you exhaust everything for that day, which doesn't take long for me (I consider there to be too few shops and other activities to do and visit each day, and I suspect more will be definitely added later), or don't want to wait in real-time for things that can be EASILY experienced in minutes.
For example, the shop hours are very limited for my real-life schedule and waiting a certain amount of days in real-time for something so small like that to be open is not fun for me at all, it's almost like the game is punishing you for having a sleep disorder or a different job schedule.
I have been inviting amiibo villagers to replace my entire town (in which I didn't want most of the villagers there) and I didn't want to wait each individual day to scan them again and again, so I skipped multiple days and all I ended up doing was visit the campground and do all three crafting activities necessary for them to move in.
I don't consider it cheating. I do not dig up fossils or anything else when I skip a few days, I don't abuse in-game glitches for duplicate items... I just need the in-game clock to be adjusted so I don't have to wait weeks in real-time to do something that shouldn't take nearly as long.
I don't have unlimited time to play this game, especially with daily headaches which limit how much I can play, in my case.
People have a different perspective of this method of playing, of why they would change the system clock...like health reasons affecting their gaming experience, schedules that make their life too busy to realistically play at a SPECIFIC time of day for events and shops to be active, etc.
Also, here's an example of why time traveling can be very helpful in a non-abusive way...if you're decorating your island, wouldn't you want it to be brighter if you're playing at a darker time of day?
IMO, It's a fair way to play, especially if you miss special events and want to participate.
Sorry if I didn't make this as straight-to-the-point as I wanted it to, I have a lot on my mind, and I'm also not trying to participate in any conflict, just expressing my thoughts, I'm definitely reading all of yours!
@Thewingman3 I agree.
@Linknallie It definitely is cheating. I totally agree that you should be able to play the game however you want without screwing with other peoples' islands, so time travel to your heart's content, but you're kidding yourself if you don't think it's cheating!
Time traveling is cheating, no doubt about it.
1. Put 100,000 in your ABD
2. Time travel to the year 2030
It's a fun joke, and I view the timetraveler-stamp as something that renders your game forever incomplete. Once you get it you're done, marked, chipped under your skin, like the game that gives you no more than 99% completion on your save file when its scan algorithms register cheating, while everyone else can still get 100%.
Some guy even thought the reduction of interest he got from Nook's bank was Nintendo's way to punish his cheating until he found out that it's just a recent update that happened to everyone.
I time travel but never by much. at most 4/5 days one time. I just wanted to hurry and get the things I ordered so I could work on a decorating project on my island. It just gets boring when you run out of things to pick up and buy. You than have wait till the next day to do anything and so you can't do much anymore for the current day. With me having more free time now due to the pandemic, having enough gameplay elements for just the beginning of the morning and than not much else to do is a bummer. I guess I could play something else but it's my one big 60 dollar game I just bought. I can't quite splurge like that on many big titles given the current circumstances.
I figure, play the game how you want. As long as you aren't a jerk to other people and making your friends feel bad about your island than it's okay. My friends actually love my island and how fancy it is already. Since I've done so much decorating I send them hand-me-downs and orders all the time. They love it.
Also it's weird to complain about cheating in Animal Crossing of all games. There's no WINNING in this game. Just decorating and unlocking. That's it. So what exactly am I cheating at to win easy? There is no winning. x_x
@meep357 "Maybe a badge you loose if you time travel."
Oh, I like that idea a lot. This would clearly make it a punishment instead of a reward.
Breaking news: Apology video on Alpharad's channel. It's a pretty beautiful satire of bad apology videos.
Now he just needs to apologise for the pain and suffering caused by his Mario Maker levels.
I don't care about the content of this article, apart from the fact Jules is mentioned in it.
FamilyJules is awesome and you should really check out his channel, his covers are amazing.
@Dodger I mean he kinda already did a day or two ago, and his penance was playing through them as a world.
@JayronAuron True. It was a deep psychological analysis of Past!Alpharad by Present!Alpharad.
Almost sounds like he's time traveling in Mario Maker too when you put it that way @Dodger
@JayronAuron We're all time traveling, when you think about it a certain way.
I think it depends on when you time travel to.
I have friends that work shifts that doesn't allow them to go to the shops. So when they are finished working, they travel back to the middle of the day to speak to villagers and shop.
If they only knew on day one that it probably would have been better to choose the other hemisphere to do those things, they probably would have.
@troy258 ok then so then you don't time travel then. Don't see why that should apply to everyone
@doofenshmirtz I don't have a problem with people that time travel. As long as they don't ruin the experience for other people. I have seen some time travelers critize other islands that aren't as good because they don't time travel. And to be honest I still think that time traveling is cheating but as I said don't ruin other people's experience and I'm fine with it.
@Linknallie Sorry but it is cheating because Nintendo's didn't make Animal Crossing with in-game time but with console-clock setting. You just prove that calling something as IT IS makes you nervous, haha.
Oh, and what's important. If someones having problem with PACE of the game, than it means Animal Crossing is just not for you, maybe you should try something more dynamic than? Hihihi
What I like about Animal Crossing is that we can all have our own ways of playing and having fun. Whether it's firing through the game at lightning speed or just chillaxing on the beach to some tunes. Everybody can enjoy it their own way and that's really awesome. ☺️ I time travelled at the start to get some of the buildings quicker and haven't time travelled since. I just enjoy the slow life now. A little bit of fishing and trying to decorate my house in new, interesting ways.
If someones having problem with PACE of the game, than it means Animal Crossing is just not for you
Oh wow... I didn't see the note on the cover (Note) This game is not suitable for people who don't have normal schedule or don't have a lot of time wasting on waiting. You have to play according to how other want you to on the physical box when I bought the game. Should have check the even smaller fine line and see if they state this is design and sold for only a certain kind of people .....
@LifeRetro so you say if you time travel maybe the game is not for you? I am gonna put money you have done one of the following... a) went to someone you dont know irl town to buy/sell turnips b) dug holes around a large stone so you could maximize the material drops c) downloaded a pattern from another creator. All three of these are "time savers" or cheating time. 2 of which the creators did not intend the way for the game to be played. So by that point your entire argument is hypocritical and tbh quite gatekeepingly rude and disgusting.. maybe instead of virtue signaling and gatekeeping you should see you yourself are cheating.. maybe the game just isnt for you if you let how others play a game affect your game experience?
@ComposedJam There isn't even an in-game clock to change anymore. You're literally changing your system clock to get ahead in a way that's not possible normally. I don't care how you try to justify it, that's pretty blatant cheating. You play however you want, I really don't care and I'm not saying you can't cheat if that's how you choose to play, but I'll also play however I want, which incldes trying to avoid letting cheaters affect my experience.
For people saying this is not how the devs intended for people to play they would have not made it possible to TT. It's just a different way to play, and devs know people do it, but they don't stop them because that's not what AC is about. For example in everyone's favorite whipping boy Pokemon Sword and Shield you need to use glitches to trick the game to allow you to manipulate elements that refresh daily. If the AC devs wanted they can easily put in a check every hour to see if the dates on the console and the server match. Or use an internal clock in the game that's always set. There are ways the devs can use to prevent it.
But, that's not really fun because Animal Crossing is about the expression of the player. About developing your own little island the way you want to. Some people work the nightshift and can't play AC on their break because everything on the game will be closed. So they shift the PM and AM setting on their clock so they can still play their favorite game. People who TT don't hurt anyone and just want to enjoy the game at their own pace or workaround their real world schedule which would prevent them from playing.
People who TT don't impact anyone elses town. Same way people who play "legit" don't impact they way TT play. Unless someone is glitching the game or using hacked consoles to manipulate the code than why does it matter? Enjoy AC the way you want to enjoy it! And express yourself the way you want to! And just everyone needs to chill. The world is bleak enough without everyone losing their minds over how someone plays AC.
@ComposedJam Got a source on the creators saying that time travel in New Horizons isn't cheating?
And for argument sake let's say it's not cheating (even though it totally is), that still wouldn't change the fact that playing with time travelers has a negative effect on my personal experience so I'm still avoid them regardless.
Imagine careing how someone else played their game when it doesn't affect you.
@ComposedJam Also google is our best friend. What they consider "cheating" is actually CloudSave
*you won't be able to use cloud saves to protect your deserted island's progress....Aya Kyogoku, and producer, Hisashi Nogami, to clarify why this feature isn't compatible with their vision for the game, and the alternatives they're looking at to protect player's data.
The answer came down to one thing: they want to prevent cheating*
(Time Travel) putting in hard work, I think it creates value and love for that specific item you were able to gain.
( source )https://www.ign.com/articles/why-animal-crossing-new-horizons-doesnt-have-cloud-save-support-switch-data-transfer?sf119355808=1
Ah.. how much hard work can that player put if all they do is go ask for items "to catalog" instead of waiting ( PACE of the game) for bottle, tree drop, own villager crafting and nook store everyday... I wonder.
(edit: I don't care what people do, just don't be a hypocrite. )
I mean, anyone can play the game however they want, but I wouldn't mind a stamp like for such players.
wow how petty does one have to be to petition for such trivial thing? purist's are the worst of the bunch i tell ya.
@ComposedJam I'd still be interested in seeing the direct quote of what they said as that article doesn't have it but doesn't matter I guess. What that read like is that it's definitely not the intended way to play the game but as long as people are buying and playing they don't really care, as you'd expect. You're changing your system clock to manipulate the game's mechanics in a way not intended or possible by regular gameplay, that's cheating.
I think you're getting too worked up about the word though. It doesn't matter what call it. My main point is that it can have a negative impact on the experience of someone playing the game in the intentional manner. I really couldn't care less how people choose to game in their own time (using cheats and exploits in single player games is 100% fine) but I just don't like having my own experience affected so I choose not to play with said players, which is perfectly reasonable.
Animal crossings quality of life is poor and by such time travelers only want to experience the in game events and holidays because they don’t have 2 weeks to create a masterpiece of an island. Alpharad did nothing wrong trying to access what other couldn’t. I’ve read multiple tweets saying that this will help them avoid time travelers. If you want this for this reason that you shouldn’t play the game. Time travelers do nothing wrong and just want to experience The fun parts of the game quickly and are fully in the right in wanting this. If you don’t want to time travel than you can go through the menus and time walls, and experience the game how it can be played, not how it has to be played.
@BenAV You make it sound like I should be deprived of rights because I’m not playing the game as intended. I hope you can realize that YOU HAVE THE WRONG VISION ON HOW A CHEATER SHOULD BE IDENIFIED
@BenAV how does playing with them DIRECTLY AFFECT YOUR ENJOYMENT ON THE GAME AND STOPS YOU FROM PLAYING THE GAME
@Linknallie someone salty lol
Unpopular opinion; I don't think the time traveler stamp on the passport should say cheater on it. Some people have work or school and bust 65+ hours into either their job or education. While they play the game on their free time as it helps with stress during what little down time they have, they might miss out on certain events/seasonal occurrences and will want to time travel backwards to partake in a event and get certain items.
cheating is cheating imo
banning ppl from your island cause they time travel is called discrimination.
@ComposedJam I wasn't crapping all over time travellers. I just don't see the point. The game to me is meant to be played slowly over time rather than blitzed through in a week and put back on the shelf. Game designers always put cheats in their games, just take the Konami code for example. As long as you are happy using them that is fine but as this game has online elements you have to understand that some people wouldn't want to cross pollinate with people who time travel.
@UnknownReader last couple words were just little harsh jokes. My point is that calling something cheating as style is just quite funny but what's more entertaining is to fight for this point of view, haha.
Ah and you wingman, doesn't care if someone is cheating, MY POINT is that cheating should be called cheating, that's all. It's my business if I sold turnips by someone or not, not to mention some holes around rocks which I even don't know about until now
@ComposedJam I can interact with people who time travel. I am interacting with you. Fair enough you want to get the game done sooner and don't like all aspects of the game. We shall call it a day. Good day. Until next time. Or maybe the next time has already happened and this is technically after the next time for one of us. Good day sir. Off to my Delorian. PS That's why I don't need to change my Switch time. I already finished the game in August 2023. I don't really take anything seriously. At the end of the day it's just a game and you can play how you want and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. 😁
Oh.... so if it SUIT YOU it's YOUR business and YOUR game. But if someone else play however they want, it will not be THEIR business but yours too? So what you mean is that you can judge others but other can't judge you? And we are call "wingman"? ah... I see, thanks for the education.
Tap here to load 122 comments
Leave A Comment
Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...