Animal Crossing

Twitter Is Incredibly Thirsty for 'Animal Crossing'

It's so hard to tell which giveaways are real and which are fake that it's all become a big joke.
March 5, 2020, 3:24pm
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is just around the corner, and the enthusiastic fandom for the game is elated. In the wake of the absolutely beautiful Animal Crossing game and console bundle selling out in 0.2 seconds, Twitter has been inundated with giveaways for this bundle. There are so many that even the fans now know that most of them are fake.

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch and dock are so cute that I want to die. I already own a Switch and I thought about buying one. It perfectly captures the serene, sweet vibe that Animal Crossing embodies. The only problem for Nintendo is that everyone wants one, and not everyone is going to be able to get one. Urban Outfitter, which is basically Hipster Hot Topic, has already started cancelling pre-orders for the bundle because they oversold them.

Twitter giveaways usually require a couple of things from you if you're going to enter them. Normally, you have to follow the account that's doing the giveaway, like the tweet, and also retweet it. Naturally, giveaways of this type are great for growing your account. It's very easy to run a fake giveaway that never awards a winner, but for the most part, giveaways like this on the internet are legit. If they're not, the cost of entry is low enough that there's no real downside to participating in them.

A cursory search of "animal crossing giveaway" on Twitter reveals how badly people want the Animal Crossing Switch bundle, or just a new copy of the game. Most of the giveaways have anywhere from four to twenty thousand retweets. Animal Crossing Giveaways are so ubiquitous that it's hard to tell which are real and which are fake. In fact, fake Animal Crossing: New Horizons giveaways are becoming a bit of a meme. Although this account is currently awarding winners for what they and other users claim are real giveaways, this one feels more like a shitpost:

This is an MS Paint drawing:

This one invites you to perform autofellatio:

This one asks for a picture of your dick:

And this one is a picture of a forklift:

If you're trying to find a real Animal Crossing giveaway, well, good luck. There are more and more every day as eager Animal Crossing fans await the new game's arrival on March 20th. Just know that some things are too good to be true, and maybe you shouldn't send that one guy a dick pic.

This article originally appeared on VICE US.