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Animal Crossing players are getting desperate waiting for Blathers

Blathers, please

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My animal crossing character wearing an eggshell hat holding a butterfly in front of tanks and crates Image: Nintendo via Nicole Carpenter
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island doesn’t come with a museum. Indeed, the island’s deserted when you first arrive. To get a museum, you have to convince Blathers (the museum curator) that there’s enough science — Science! — for him here. And so, I dutifully provided five species to Tom Nook to ship off to Blathers.

When Blathers arrived a day later, he wanted 15 more. Sure, yes, I could do that. That was enough to convince him the museum needed to be built on Sears. (My island’s name is Sears.) Then we wait. The only problem is, Blathers decided not to accept anymore donations. Knowing that I could just toss bugs and fish on the ground — in crates, mind you — I started a stockpile in front of Blathers’ tent, one that kept growing over the weekend.

Animal Crossing human wearing eggshell hat in front of a museum in progress Image: Nintendo via Nicole Carpenter

I’m not alone in this endeavor. Catching bugs and fish to fill up your museum is a huge part of Animal Crossing; it seems none of us could wait for Blathers to actually get the dang museum set up. And so, a storm is coming. Blathers certainly underestimated the power of science.

It looks like everyone’s got their own approach to the stockpile. Many have stacked their collections at the site where Blathers’ museum is being built. I took the time to create an entrance so Blathers could get in and out if he needed to. Others seem to have sealed Blathers — and themselves, for that matter — into position. (Blathers never left the museum, FYI. Not that some of you monsters even cared!)

Others surrounded them own tents with crates. Some people filled their homes with creatures. And then there’s the people who just put the cages everywhere.

If you started playing on Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ launch day, your museum should be opening soon. Blathers, I’m sure, is certainly in for a treat.

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