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Mitz's Main Squeeze

Hello! I’m Mitz and this is my new super cool side column for Come Get Your Podcast!

Our boys talk a great deal about current and upcoming Triple-A video game titles and movies, so it’s my honor to be welcomed to Come Get Your Podcast as a writer for this website to bring some lesser known entertainment gems into the spotlight. I plan on writing about something new each week; whatever is my main squeeze at the moment or has historically been a favorite of mine.

For those of you who don’t know; I’m a board game enthusiast, video gamer, occasional reader, drinking game creator, and I never received a single report card that didn’t say, “Talks too much”.  For my very first time posting on the site, I struggled with what deserves the privilege of being my main squeeze.

After a couple days of deliberation, I’ve decided I’d be remiss not to talk about what is taking up most of my free time recently, and that is Stardew Valley. I’ve played extensively before on the PS4, but my current game is on the Nintendo Switch.

Stardew Valley at it’s most basic description is a farming sim. But it’s so much more than that! There’s adventuring, crafting, fishing, animal raising, and building relationships with the members of the community. It’s an adorable 16-bit style game in which you have 6:00am until 2:00am daily to accomplish whatever it is you’re working on. You can focus on being a good neighbor, making money, completing quests, exploring the town and surrounding areas, or a little of all of those. You have a pretty large farm that is highly upgradeable and customizable. Each 28-day season offers new items and opportunities.

There are a few things that make Stardew Valley different for me in comparison with games in the same category. You don’t have a super convoluted back-story, you don’t wake up in a random town with amnesia, and there is significantly less use of magic. I also, albeit a little begrudgingly, appreciate that you never seem to reach a point where money loses its value. You are always working towards another financial goal to accomplish your plans, and it never gets exponentially easier like I’ve experienced in other games. There are game-mandated goals and milestones, but there isn’t really an “end”. I haven’t found any evidence online of what the maximum amount of years you can play is, if there even is one.

It doesn’t seem like a game where you wake up, take care of your responsibilities, go work for some money, and then go to bed late just to get up again and start the cycle over would be at all relaxing; since that’s too close to most of our daily lives as it is. Somehow, it works. It’s relaxing, it’s addictive, and it’s a great way to spend some free time – living out your rural farm life dreams.  

I’d recommend you start playing this game on whatever platform you can. It’s available on PC, Android, PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. I’m preferring playing on the switch because online multiplayer is available, and the ease of switching from handheld to the TV is actually very convenient.