Why is Tom Cross of Animal Crossing worse than the mayor of Stardew, Lewis?

When you ask people about their comfort games, you will often mention two words: Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Stardew valley. I downloaded it Stardew valley In 2020 on my old MacBook Pro and I jumped on it New Horizons Both are low stress games and have a lot in common in their fictional cities. These include their respective leaders: New Horizons, capitalist lord Tom Nook makes sure his outing on the island is conditional Stardew valley, Pelican City Mayor Lewis will host the show. These parallels led to a hypothetical glove toss; I was reminded of the criticisms of these two men / animals (vertebrates?). They both sparked anger from the fans, so I decided to decide who was the most cruel.

Of course, this question is subjective. What is ruthlessness in a farming or lifestyle game, and which ruthlessness is “worse” than another? I associate it with a lack of empathy for others: someone who uses their resources to achieve their ultimate goal, by whatever means necessary. Even if it means giving up responsibility and people should be important to them. I also like to believe that there is a tactic of true ruthlessness. Do they talk or are they simply neglected? Let’s dive.

First of all, Tom Nook

A villager sits at Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Tom Nook’s building bench in the Island Services building

Image: Nintendo EPD / Nintendo via Skye McEowen

For this witness businessman, Nook Inc. is a one-stop shop for every need. But considering that his company is the only place you can get most of your products – and that includes an online service as well New Horizons ordering goods – it’s a bit too reminiscent of Jeff Bezos and Amazon. Do Nook employees Timmy and Tommy get a living wage? Advantages? Can they join a union? Beyond the possible work violations, no business other than Able Sisters and casual vendors seems to be competing for Nook’s realm. How much did Tom Nook do to make sure he was the only one standing?

Beyond the purchase, Tom Nook is choking on construction and real estate on the island and you owe him a permanent debt. It starts from the beginning of the game when you learn that you even have to pay back your own island outing. While the game is loose and needs to be played at its own pace, you can’t really “improve” until you start building the infrastructure and homes that require huge bell loans. Sure, it doesn’t seem to charge interest, and there’s no set due date before your cute Animal Crossing credit score goes bad, but Nook’s tactics often make the game feel like College Debt Simulator, with the addition of healthy animal camps. .

To Mayor Lewis

A screenshot of Stardew Valley Mayor Lewis talking about running without a race for years.

Image: ConcernedApe via Skye McEowen

Stardew valleyMayor Lewis himself is not a ray of sunshine. During my hundreds of hours of play — which included constantly guggling what gifts Harvey likes — I ran into huge criticisms of the mayor of Pelican City. Lewis is not forced to pay loans, but he is a leader with unparalleled power. You could play for decades and never witness a mayoral election. I can’t fully comment on the intricacies of Pelican City politics, but it seems malicious. And at least you do good with your strength? Well, when you arrive in Pelican City, there seems to be a mess. The bus has known since it broke down, leaving Pam without a job; the Cultural Center is an abandoned shell; and not even an established school. Penny uses her own time to teach the kids in town.

Nor could I forgive Mayor Lewis for treating Marnie. He is a favorite hay and animal supplier for farmers and we will have a good relationship with him over time. He accommodated Shane, his nephew, who was struggling and he was taking care of Jas. The game obviously sets Marnie and Lewis ’relationship as something romantic, but the man insists on keeping things a secret.

The player looks at the gold statue of Mayor Lewis in the Stardew Valley

Image: ConcernedApe via Skye McEowen

Eventually, Major Lewis leaves, reviving the city and helping the citizens with the new owner. Of course he organizes city events. But we manage to listen to the residents and eventually work with Robin to build a better home for some of them. However, this is strange because Lewis has the resources to literally make a golden statue of himself that he finds from a secret note. We are also installing an old community center to help improve the rest of Pelican City. What does it really offer? Would it go crazy if we threw his purple shorts into the Luau?

The question remains: who is more ruthless?

Both Mayor Lewis and Tom Nook are undisputed – and even Machiavelli – leaders in their respective territories. For Tom Nook, money is clearly driven. I mean, we are really do you know that a foundation bridge and construction will cost nearly 100,000 bells? That means taking action. He uses these loans to turn the island into a thriving community and even performs the famous KK Slider there. Mayor Lewis mostly ignores the infrastructure of Pelican City and takes Marnie with him, making him seem ineffective and messy rather than angry. Of course, the lack of fair elections is alarming – but in a village of 30, it is not clear who would oppose it. He seems to use his power mostly for gardening and organizing urban events.

All he said was I had to hand over the award Tom Nook, our beloved loan shark, who can easily be an awesome villain if he really wants to. It has the appeal, the lack of emotional connection, and the tactical skills to declare it the most cruel. Other than that, I don’t hate Tom Nook. I have a weak point about the adorable character – and I still owe him for renovating the house, and I don’t want him to suddenly charge interest.

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