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Here at the FAN EXPO HQ, our team is always nerding out over the world of fandom. On Team Picks, we share some of our favorite things we’ve been watching, reading and playing. This month, in honour of National Video Game Day, we’re talking about video game worlds and which ones we’d like to live in.

Many games populate their worlds with non-playable characters, or NPCs. Certain games build rich environments with lots of things for those NPCs to do … and other games are Skyrim (we’re looking at you Jarl of Whiterun—all you do is stand up and sit back down).

Today, we’re really looking at the background action and environments of the games around us. Who looks like they’re having a good time? Which games have beautiful mountains to explore or shaded trees to relax under? If you got zapped into a video game and had to live there, which ones would feel the most satisfying?

Here are this month’s picks:

Name: Lizzie

Role: Operations Coordinator

This is something I think about a lot! I’d want to be a Mii in the Wii Sports Resort, because that island looks like a BEAUTIFUL place to live. Seriously. I want to live there. Now.

Name: Nirushan

Role: Digital Manager

All I can think about is that there’s one place that I wouldn’t like to be an NPC, and that’s in the world of Pokémon. There would be wild Pokémon everywhere, not just in the tall grass. I wouldn’t want to go up to a tree and then have random Pokémon run after me. Especially the big powerful ones, that would be really intimidating.

Name: Quinn 

Role: Social Media Coordinator

I would definitely want to be a villager in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

Con: I would have to become some sort of animal, so that’s not ideal!

Pros: I get to live on an island! Plus, as far as I can tell, the NPC villagers in that game spend all of their time eating, reading books, fishing, and taking walks. All of that sounds really amazing right now. If anyone’s got an extra Nook Miles Ticket laying around, let me know.

Name: Marcus

Role: Social Media Coordinator

If I was a non-playable character in a video game, I would love to live in Outworld from Mortal Kombat. I know that sounds crazy because Mortal Kombat is essentially death and “kombat,” but the environments, communities, and species of outworlders are so fascinating. I also wouldn’t mind being a strong Mortal Kombat fighter—more like the dragon god Onaga, less like the motion capture DLC Mokap. Oh, and with a better RETCON than Sindel. 

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