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Why You Should Be Playing Stardew Valley – Gif Essay

Why You Should Be Playing Stardew Valley – Gif Essay


Like most of the internet, I’ve recently become somewhat obsessed with a new farming sim called Stardew Valley (review coming soon). For those who haven’t heard of it, it’s essentially the new Harvest Moon made by an indie studio, and it is awesome! Honestly, I never really got into the Harvest Moon series, but I feel like I’m at a point in my life where playing a relaxing game that doesn’t require more thought than “When will my potatoes be done?” is really all I need. Mind you, there are flaws, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. Today, we’re talking about all the cutesy little reasons that Stardew Valley will entice you with.

So Relaxing!

As I said, there’s not much thought that needs to go into this game. You spend your days farming, fishing or mining and giving people gifts along the way  It has been so long since I’ve played a game that didn’t involve blood or explosions. There are hard parts, but if you’re not an idiot like me (who goes rushing into every cave refusing to take a health item healing is for the weak!) you could go through the entire game in a blissful haze, farming the days away until the end.



Stardew Squirrelstardew AbigailSeriously! Who could say no to these creatures? All the sprites in this game are adorable and lovely! Between the animals and the cutesy pixel art, you’d be crazy not to love this game!


If the two above sprites do not convince you, allow me to introduce you to the Junimos. The Junimos are magical little boops that give you presents in exchange for items you collect. Also, they dance, and I desperately need one in my life!

dancing junimo

You Can Make Friends… With Pixels!

Okay, so this might just be because I’m a hermit with next to no social skills, but my preferred method of getting people to like me in Stardew Valley is running up to people’s faces and screaming “FIIIIIIIIIIISH!” until they like me. It’s working so well that I’m actually starting to wonder if stuffing people’s faces with sashimi is the true secret to being popular. Eventually, once you’ve shoved enough “FIIIIIIIIIISH!” into a character you like, you can marry them and have babies and a farmhouse which I imagine eternally smells of salmon, thus passing on your legacy to the next generation.

stardew baby toss

In Closing

There you have it, folks! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to spend my Tuesday night doing something wild and crazy… wood cutting! Adios!

wood cutting