Cute, comfy, calming.
While games have always had inherent loops or hooks to gameplay, the modern stock has started to blow things out of proportion.
Nearly every AAA experience is saturated with some sort of progression constantly calling to be chased.
Games, as a result, are much less about playing to play than working through endless checklists. It’s why a series like Animal Crossing, one of Nintendo’s most unique, never ceases to confuse in terms of its appeal.
Animal Crossing’s mix of real world connection, aimlessness, and mellowed atmosphere means its something that’s always flown in the face of well timed rewards and spikes of pleasure.
Mindfulness replaces an eye for what’s ahead and it’s all the better for it.