Reddit user SatisfiedRuby82 has shared helpful Animal Crossing: New Horizons design codes for a sign and note to let visiting players know if you’re visually impaired.
“My aunt is visually impaired. She loves Animal Crossing and wants visitors but is afraid of seeming rude if she doesn’t see the chats,” they wrote in a thread. “So I made her these. She wants to share the design codes as well.”
The design codes are as follows:
Note (four parts): Y58M-SPPC-V5NF
The note reads, “I am visually impaired. Please come stand by me before using chat. Thanks.” In terms of why a visually impaired player would ask for another player to stand by them when sending messages, a user in the thread explains that, generally, “Instead of being on the edge of the screen (periphery) the text will show up in the center where the player is, since in the game your character is always center screen. This helps for people with impaired vision who might not see the periphery well or at all.”
However, in the specific case of SatisfiedRuby82’s aunt, who has double coloboma and microphthalmia, “she doesn’t have any peripheral vision and she has to hold [the] switch up about three inches from her eyes. So when she plays, she only sees her character and doesn’t see the corners or borders of [the] screen, just the character. So if someone chats and they aren’t next to her, she doesn’t see it. If someone stands next to her and chats, the chat comes up where she is focused so she sees it and then uses her phone to respond.”
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In the same thread, Nighthawk321, who states that they are completely blind, shared a video they made on how they play Animal Crossing: New Horizons with no sight. You can watch the video below.
“What I want to do for the rest of the video is just walk around, play the game, and show you everything I hear just to highlight really how accessible this game is,” says Ross Moss, who is Nighthawk321 on Reddit, at the beginning of the video. “The reason why I’m so passionate about this is that it is very, very rare to find a new game that I’m able to play. There’s probably like 10 games, tops, that I’m able to play by myself independently. So whenever the blind community discovers a new game, it’s a really, really exciting thing.” They detail how important the game’s sound design is when it comes to providing accessibility, and note how even the clams in the sand make a sound, letting players find the clam after a few tries.
Additionally, they’re aiming to create an island that is accessible to all regardless of disability. The code for the island is 27K27, and they’ve shared their island and elaborated on how it was made in the following video.
Right now, it’s easier for people who are visually impaired to follow, but they don’t want to stop there. They want to make it accessible for people who are colorblind or have motor impairments, too. Until Animal Crossing: New Horizons gets proper accessibility options — which Ross Minor notes are still “zero” — members of the blind community, and the disabled community overall, are finding creative ways to help themselves and each other enjoy what is still the biggest game of the year.