And I’ve been playing it for that long, too
Stardew Valley is a timeless game. It’s something I’ll be playing for decades to come, so I’m glad it’s on as many platforms as possible: way easier to preserve it!
Pictured above is one of my first farms, which I started years ago and still come back to every so often. This past week, Stardew celebrated its fifth anniversary. That’s…forever ago in gaming collective consciousness!
While so many projects these days are forgotten a week after release, Stardew has endured. In part, mind, due to the tireless efforts of the creator, Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone. They’ve been instrumental in the game’s success, not only crafting free updates to keep the game interesting, but also interacting with fans, adding an allure of endearment to everything Stardew related (including a heartfelt thanks over the anniversary celebrations).
At this point it’s far exceeded the reach of the PC original, with countless fan mods, pieces of merch, and most recently, a board game. The gaming sphere is better with Stardew Valley, and Barone, in it.