It's the GOTY list we've all been waiting for: the best video game museums of 2020! Created by YouTube channel, The MinnMax Show, the shortlist includes The Last of Us Part II, the Final Fantasy VII Remake, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and our personal favourite, the Animal Crossing: New Horizons museum, curated and single-handedly run by our beloved Blathers the owl.
PETA might not be happy with Blathers' treatment of animals, since they 'cancelled' him earlier this year, but it turns out that people who actually know about museums think that the bird-nerd has done a great job. There's even the potential for museum-ception, if you enter your island into the National Videogame Museum's database!
Blathers does get some criticism from Kevin Ramler (interim director of the Wyoming State Museum), who says that the T-Rex and Stegosaurus shouldn't be placed together, since they "lived further apart in time than we lived from the T-Rex", and also from Cynthia Jones (general manager of innovation experiences at the Henry Ford Museum) who says that the curators shouldn't fall asleep at their posts. HE'S A NOCTURNAL ANIMAL, LADY! He can't help it!
However, the curator of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Margaret Weitekamp, praised the museum's "floor treatment" in the dinosaur exhibit, which plays with the idea of a family tree to make the dino room both educational and super pretty. She also loved the use of information labels, noting how challenging it is to fit enough text on a label to explain things like the provenance, importance, and detail of an object.
Incredible to think that all this started as a tiny little tent on our islands. Great job, Blathers! Er... can someone wake him up?
Cool... It seems like Nintendo did a good job of the museum. I love it too:)
At last, I love his cute little voice. I mean, you'd fall asleep too if you were forced to work 24 hour days.
I do like Blathers, his little remarks when you donate insects are amazing.
I dare you to show me a better video game museum area. It simply does not exist.
The museum in New Horizons is a thing of beauty. I also really love finding villagers inside admiring exhibits and interacting with them.
Picked up the final fish and bugs this month to complete those collections (playing since March, never changed the clock). Completed fossils ages ago. Artwork is going to be tough. Redd keeps coming with all fakes, or the odd originals are ones already in the museum.
New Horizons may be a little stale compared to previous entries but the museum is absolutely not part of this. It looks really lovely and I love hiking there every once in a while.
Honestly though I wish all the insects and fish and fossils would also get a little description for you to read like the art. I know Blathers tells you about those but you have to show them each time you wanna read up on those, it would be so much better to have little descriptions to read for the animals. If nothing else, add a little book stand somewhere for it so you don't have to adjust the actual display texts and don't have to go through a wall of text each time you click on them.
Update: Nintendo lawyers have shut down the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum forever. In a press release, Nintendo said: “They mentioned a character to which we own exclusive trademark rights, therefore we had no choice but to mercilessly destroy the Smithsonian Institute.”
In fairness to Blathers falling asleep, he also doesn't seem to take any holidays. That poor bird seems to be working 24/7.
what should Nintendo add to the Animal Crossing museum next? i need more seasonal creatures and art to collect...
For some reason I wasn't bothered by the small fish tanks in New Leaf but I am in New Horizons.
We need more creatures and art.
The museum is my favorite part of the game. It’s spectacular. I inspires me to go to my local museum.
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