Okay, I know I’m going to get hate for this. After all, I’m not a “player girl”– not by a long shot. When someone like me voices a viewpoint on video games, we all know how it tends to end: poorly. I do not spend hours boning up at Valorant or CS: GO, and I do not consistently follow Twitch streamers. I can barely hold my own against greasy middle schoolers in Fortnite, and I decline to diversify my abilities in Super Smash Bros. by playing any character but Princess Peach. However, I have a viewpoint on computer game, and I believe one game takes the cake as being the Best One Ever ™. What video game is this, you ask? Stardew Valley, obviously!

For those of you not familiar with this elite role-playing simulation video game, I’ll offer you a short introduction. Your character, bored with their unfulfilling life in the dull world of an imaginary corporation, quits their job and takes ownership of a farm left to them by their late grandfather. The farm, located in the quiet community of Pelican Town, which sits in the heart of beautiful Stardew Valley, is yours to fix from the ground up. As you turn through the four seasons, you can grow a range of crops, raise animals, forage for natural deposits, go fishing for various freshwater and saltwater types, explore the deep layers of a mineral-rich mine, and form essential connections with the local NPC (non-playable character) townsfolk. A totally new world really awaits you in Stardew Valley.

While this game does not provide the competitive element that many individuals enjoy in video games, it does offer hours of limitless enjoyable. I quite like the fact that it doesn’t showcase violence or competitors. It supplies a relaxing environment that can sweep me far from the stress factors of life as a college student. The video game also rotates through an everyday schedule, so you have to manage your time sensibly to finish everything you wish to, and while the video game is mostly open-ended, there are lots of different jobs and a general plot that leads you through the video game. Stardew Valley provides simply enough structure to keep the video game fascinating and progressing forward, yet is open enough to allow the gamer to develop their own courses as well. That is my preferred feature of the video game, and why I truly believe it to be exceptional. Whatever, from the serene music to the uplifting graphics, will engulf you into the fictional setting of Pelican Town, and you’ll soon discover yourself engrossed in the drama of the regional townspeople and the world around them.

Usually role-playing games like Stardew Valley or Animal Crossing are towered above as being standard and overrated. I think this is since the games were popularized by individuals that don’t normally play a lot of video games, and I do not believe the hate is been worthy of at all. Both of these games are incredibly detailed and supply the gamers with a wide variety of opportunities and paths. They have excellent storylines and offer an alternative to the mainstream violent video games that are popular amongst hardcore players.

That isn’t to say that “hardcore players” don’t enjoy Stardew Valley either. Plenty of my “gamer” buddies, who actively enjoy competitive games like Overwatch, likewise discover themselves captivated by the innovative world of Stardew Valley. People don’t value Stardew Valley as much as these competitive video games because you aren’t actually winning anything, and you do not receive ratings or points. While you do not get this sort of immediate satisfaction in Stardew Valley, I would argue that just because a video game isn’t competitive doesn’t mean it’s a lower video game. The development and satisfaction are still there– it’s just more gradual. When you take an appearance back at your farm after a while of playing, you’ll see how far you have actually come. The game likewise provides development monitoring through tracking your skills (such as farming, mining or fishing) and your relationships with the NPCs. Besides, I don’t wish to say competitive video games are a battle of the egos, however they kind of are. While I’m profoundly pleased with Lilac Sanctuary (my stunning Stardew Valley farm) I wouldn’t curse out a middle schooler if they had a much better farm than me, capture my drift?

The communities of competitive games like League of Legends or Rainbow Six: Siege tend to be a bit poisonous, as told to me by people acquainted with the games, however you will not discover that in Stardew Valley. Instead, you’ll simply discover a group of people that take pleasure in the video game’s relaxing atmosphere and are prepared to offer suggestions and techniques to mastering the video game.