Playing Stardew Valley

I haven't played a computer game for more than a couple of minutes in a very long time. The last game I played seriously was World of Warcraft in the early 2000s. As a teenager I loved real-time strategy games like Starcraft and Homeworld, but as I got older they felt more like work than play.

I recently found myself looking at everyone playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and it reminded me of a game I bought as a Humble Bundle in 2017, but never played: Stardew Valley. After playing it for a couple of hours with a toddler on my lap over the last week or so, I realised that I do miss that sense of enjoyment that you get from playing computer/video games. I'm especially enjoying seeing my son discover virtual worlds for the first time.

I do think that play (even if it is in a virtual world) is a very important of living, and maybe I've neglecting it in favour of “productivity” for far too long.

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