Can animal crossing even be considered a game?

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Animal crossing is an interactive environment. It is borderline not even a game.

It has zero objectives. You just do whatever you want. In fact, if it is simulating life, then I should be able to die. But no. I am freakin’ immortal! Then what is the use of everything anymore. Tom Nook, the supposed landlord, doesn’t give you a deadline, and there is nothing motivating you to do anything anywhere in any possible way. Everything is driven by desire, and if you wanna do a minimalistic run, well, don’t play the game because you have infinite resources. Every single accessory, the toilet, and radio, etc are pure decorations because you are so omnipotent you won’t even need it.

This game have no reason to exist, if I can even call it a game. There is no objective, and you can’t lose. Deadlines of debts should exist to make the game much appealing to the players.
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Well, maybe I have played Zelda games too much, and you know Zelda games are quest-heavy. Anyways, at least Zelda has an objective. Animal crossing is basically an RPG, except without the quest itself. Objectives drives the game, and the game with no objective is mostly an interactive environment. There is no threats and you are just battling with...nothing? Your laziness? Whatever the hell.
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just because there is no objectve, doesnt mean its not a game

theres no objective to minecraft creative yet it is a game
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Well, I consider Minecraft a game because there is AN ultimate goal after all: Defeat the ender dragon. Creative mode is more of an interactive environment. 

Meanwhile, ACNH has NO objective goal. You can do whatever you want and there is no reason to exist such a "game". 

I was anticipating people would say, "If it an cartridge, it a game", and I will respond to it saying that you should be able to play a printer because it has CMYK cartridges. 
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there doenst need to be an objective for a game, ever heard of sandbox games?
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and plus a electonic toy is practially a video game
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The game doesn't suggest to do anything. Nothing is objective. 
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ok, but you can still do stuff which makes it a game
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what is your definition of game?

a form of play or sport, especially a competitive one played according to rules and decided by skill, strength, or luck.
You can get better at ACNH, and build stuff. It's a game according to definition.
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A game with a strict aim is actually less of a game than a game with very flexible sandbox-like optional aims.

Games are there for fun, the fact you personally value strategy in games is your personal preference. Games are not meant to have an aim other than to have fun playing them, the rest is your personal preference.
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I thought this was about shooting animals in the road without a hunting license....
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Well, it is not, it is more like building a friendship with anthropomorphic animals. That is not even close to what you think it is. 
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I would argue that in Minecraft creative, you have to set personal goals that you work to achieve. I love sandbox environment type games. 
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Well, in a strict and conservative definition, MC creative is still not a "Game". However it is marketed as one. 
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But with games, sometimes the joy is not with strict definitions. I believe setting personal goals and trying to work for those goals is a key way to develop life skills and improve thinking. It also uses the mind to plan and build. If you have an objective in your mind to build a city world, you have to plan the roadways, the buildings, etc. Some people go to dick around, but I love creative and building massive projects in worlds
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I know one thing: Games are getting less and less linear. From the beginning, you can do one quest at a time, one level at a time, and now many games are literally open world. 
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I honestly think that could be better for games overall

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Yes, I don't play it though. Sounds boring to me.