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Published on Jul 10, 2013

Like us, you may not have initially realized the significance of Animal Crossing. Sure it's a simple game for kids, with cute animals and bright colors. But could it be true that it inspires otaku citizenship?! Otaku, if you don't know, means obsessive interest and collection, usually associated with Japanese culture, but it can apply to ANYTHING. In Animal Crossing, as mayor of your town, success is defined by maintaining friendships with your townspeople and collecting natural resources to cultivate the perfect town. Is this promoting otaku? Watch the episode and find out!!!


Check out the videos used in this Episode:

ZackScottGames
http://bit.ly/10MZUNF
Animal Crossing Gameplay Playlist:
http://bit.ly/10MZTJx
 
Animal Crossing- New Leaf - Gameplay Walkthrough Part 1 - Day 1 - I'm The New Mayor! (Nintendo 3DS)
http://bit.ly/1aZy46q

Animal Crossing- New Leaf - Part 3 - Friends Visit (Nintendo 3DS Gameplay Walkthrough Day 1)
http://bit.ly/11CmrPL

Animal Crossing- New Leaf - Part 4 - Museum Donation (Nintendo 3DS Gameplay Walkthrough Day 2)
http://bit.ly/12ZRbnr

Animal Crossing- New Leaf - Part 9 - Fishing! (Nintendo 3DS Gameplay Walkthrough Day 4)
http://bit.ly/152VqSq

Animal Crossing- New Leaf - Part 10 - 50% Approval (Nintendo 3DS Gameplay Walkthrough Day 5)
http://bit.ly/12hFLwI

Animal Crossing- New Leaf - Part 13 - 100% Approval (Nintendo 3DS Gameplay Walkthrough Day 6)
http://bit.ly/10N0FpM

Animal Crossing- New Leaf - Part 22- Visiting and Planting Trees in SullyPwnz
http://bit.ly/11CmOcX

Animal Crossing- New Leaf - Part 28 - Another Debt Repaid (Nintendo 3DS Day 12)
http://bit.ly/13MFXJp

Animal Crossing- New Leaf - Part 41 - Gulliver (Nintendo 3DS Gameplay Walkthrough Day 19)
http://bit.ly/186UJdl

Animal Crossing- New Leaf - Part 42 - Ashley's House (Nintendo 3DS Gameplay Walkthrough Day 19)
http://bit.ly/1boarTQ

Animal Crossing- New Leaf - Part 44 - Club LOL (Nintendo 3DS Day 20)
http://bit.ly/13BoSDx

Animal Crossing- New Leaf - Part 45 - Suspension Bridge (Nintendo 3DS Gameplay Walkthrough Day 21)
http://bit.ly/1abfpl2

Animal Crossing- New Leaf - Part 49 - Cicadas (Nintendo 3DS Gameplay Walkthrough Day 23)
http://bit.ly/10N0LxE

People of OTAKON 2012
http://bit.ly/10N0M4P

Animal Crossing- New Leaf - Money Making Guide (All the bells)
http://bit.ly/10N0Mlp

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Tweet of the week:
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Further Reading List

The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science
http://bit.ly/12gp9J7

The War This Time
http://bit.ly/174fxRz

Objectivity
http://amzn.to/10MYzq0

Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers Through Society
http://amzn.to/174fyVD

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Music:
"Europe" by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
"Carry on Carillon" by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
"Bouncy Castle" by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
":P" by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
Level 5: Room for the Homeless
http://bit.ly/10N0Ykm
Pocaille
http://bit.ly/10N0T0f
Binarpilot
http://bit.ly/10N0UBf
Clockwork - Titan (geometry remix)
http://bit.ly/10N0V88

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