How Animal Crossing is modeled on 18th century debt-based Japanese villages

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That’s really interesting, i like learning stuff like this :slight_smile: thanks for sharing


This reminds me of the never-ending lawsuit that unexpectedly gets resolved only because of the US occupation and makes the protagonist rich in Mishima’s Sea of Fertility tetralogy


And Candy Crush Saga was based on The Black Death; it is certainly a plague upon humanity.

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It’s a really cool insight, and obviously an influence, but it doesn’t go far enough.

That sort of collective debt has been observed all over the world and is the most common arrangement in village life. The average person doesn’t have money, they have shared debts and the leader of the village handles the group’s money in collective trust for negotiating with outsiders.

Money’s the thing you use for dealing with people you don’t know or entirely trust.

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