It’s no secret that Eric Barone’s (Concerned Ape) Harvest Moon-inspired indie game Stardew Valley has taken the PC gaming community by storm ever since it came out in February. Which is odd as it normally doesn’t storm in February. Whether it’s because of the light-hearted atmosphere, wonderful characters, or the pure sense of freedom that this game allows you, Stardew Valley has charmed its audience into pouring hundreds of thousands of hours into its beautiful landscape. It just goes to show that even indie games can make the same impact that huge-budget, triple A games receive and that small teams and even individuals are able to replicate this success for themselves. Using software like Construct 3, developers can make attractive and fun games with ease and also distribute them to numerous platforms then sit back as their creations take off and gain a substantial following, as Stardew Valley has done.
However, all is not as peaceful as it seems in Stardew Valley. Since its initial release, there have been thousands of people reporting that they or a loved one has become completely addicted to Stardew Valley.
“[My friend] used to be so fun,” an anonymous source tells The Kohlrabi, “But ever since their Stardew Valley addiction began, they don’t really do much anymore. They wake up, play Stardew Valley all day, and go to bed. At first I just thought that, you know, they really liked this game, sure, but after a few days they’ll start to wind down. When they told me they spent eight consecutive hours playing it was cute. When they told me they forgot to eat for an entire day because they were too busy playing I started to get a little concerned. When they quit their job just so they could play it all day I told them it was a problem. Then when they started greeting me and everyone else they know by giving us entire salads I knew it was time for an intervention.”
This was only one of several outpour of Stardew Valley addiction stories.
“It didn’t hit anyone how bad their addiction truly was until they started gathering the tears off of our faces at the intervention into an ice tray. They said that they had to freeze them and give them to Sebastian.”
And so, in an attempt to help the countless addicts of this indie farming game, TheKohlrabi will be hosting the world’s first Farmers Anonymous: A meeting program to help Stardew Valley addicts overcome their addictions, share encouraging stories, and look for other Steam games to play.
“I guess going to these meetings has inspired me to buy a few other games on Steam,” one attendee told us, “I don’t plan on playing them for another few months, but you know, I at least have them.”