In Stardew Valley, you can date in-game characters and get married. In a move that critics (me) are already calling The Sweetest Gosh-Darn Thing, one guy modded the game so that his real-life fiancée was a marriage option.
Farming and dating hit Stardew Valley is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U later this year, the game’s creator announced today. Mac and Linux versions are also still forthcoming.
A mod that lets you marry a child in popular farming game Stardew Valley started as a joke, according to its creator, but it’s now spurring a familiar debate about what it means to depict morally reprehensible behaviors virtually.
Stardew Valley is a game about two opposing yet complimentary forces: routine and discovery. What happens, though, when you run out of things to discover? Why, you build more, of course.
Stardew Valley creator Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone is a relentless game dev cyborg. After a brief respite to refuel his power cells, he’s announced his plans for Stardew Valley’s 1.1 update. The short version? Prepare to (farm until you) die. Or get bored and decide to do something else.
Here’s a really neat way to use note blocks in farming sim Stardew Valley. Instead of growing vegetables, Chinchilla made a small field with note blocks, playing the well-known Chocobo Theme from Final Fantasy.
Stardew Valley may look like a game about farming, but it’s actually about people. And OK yeah, also a lot of farming.
There’s no Mac version of Stardew Valley (yet), but that’s no problem.
Stardew Valley is the humble farming game that’s taken Steam by storm. People are in love with it to the point that they’re buying legit copies of the game for pirates. They’re also modding the crap out of it. All because one guy decided the PC needed its own grown-up version of Harvest Moon. Yes, one guy.
Games aren’t always for the playing. What with Let’s Plays and Twitch streams and debrief podcasts, it’s possible to have fun with a game without ever picking up a controller. It’s a different kind of fun, but it can be just as satisfying.
After several painstakingly thorough seconds of consideration, I give you the winner and subsequent other winners of our Stardew Valley-themed Photoshop contest. It was a tough decision, only it really wasn’t.
Living off the land ain’t easy. There’s a lot about Stardew Valley that the game doesn’t really explain, which makes jumping in a bit daunting.
I’ve always wanted to play a Pokémon game where, instead of being a ten-year-old warmonger, I got to settle down and participate in other aspects of the Pokéconomy. Now, with the help of a Stardew Valley mod, I can.
Pelican Town might seem like an idyllic countryside getaway, but don’t let that fool you. Stardew Valley is full of mysteries, some of which players may never see.
We’ve gone just a tad Stardew Valley crazy here at Kotaku, but that’s okay—so have plenty of other folks. So much so that the pixels have started bleeding into real life scenes of rural living. Or at least they will have once this week’s ‘Shop Contest is done.
Increasingly, I find mods to be representative of gaming communities’ ids, of their most fervent, unhinged desires. That in mind, the things Stardew Valley’s community wants most in this world are better fishing, Undertale throwbacks, Final Fantasy characters, and—yep—busty anime women.
Video games are very good at teaching, even if they have to repeat the lesson over and over. Sometimes the lesson is “don’t fall into that bottomless pit.” Other times it’s “she’s just not that into you.”
The sweetest game of 2016 also appears to have the nicest fanbase around, judging by what Stardew Valley players have been up to lately.
Whenever piracy is mentioned, people always whip out the argument that, if pirates actually like the game, they’ll totally purchase it in the future. For Stardew Valley, the farming simulator which is currently tearing up the Steam sales charts, that age-old saying might actually be true for some players.