Social Connections on the Gamers’ Plane

On-screen friendships made over video games often transcend personal barriers and can lead to closer relationships than the same friendships made with real-world counterparts.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a game played on the Nintendo DS3 hand- held console. The player homesteads in a town where she can become mayor, interacting with inhabitant NPCs as well as other human players who can visit her town using network capabilities.
Screenshot courtesy of Kotaku (2013)