Nintendo’s Animal Crossing has been an escape for many during the COVID-19 lockdown, and now it’s become a place for Hong Kong protesters to meet without being caught fault of social distancing rules.
In a tweet last week, one of Hong Kong’s most well-known democracy campaigners, Joshua Wong, said he was playing the game and that the movement had shifted online.
In one video posted to Twitter, a group of players use bug-catching nets to hit pictures of the city’s leader Carrie Lam on a beach in the game. A nearby poster states “Free Hong Kong. Revolution Now.”
Animal Crossing is a simulation game where players live on a tropical island and befriend anthropomorphic animals. Players can customize their islands with in-game illustrating tools and visit each other’s islands online.