In this semester especially, I want to focus on mental health and empathy and compassion for my value-based game. Many mental illnesses are reduced to the butt of a joke or a punchline, removing the reality of what it’s like to be plagued with these mental illnesses. …

Games with an agenda are on the rise, but my favorite happens to be one that released in 2012 by Tomorrow Corporation: Little Inferno. Little Inferno is a simple story driven indie game with a simpler premise: burn your belongings, buy more belongings, repeat. Meanwhile, the player begins learning…

Before the topic of glitches can be meaningfully discussed, a definition of the word needs to be agreed upon. For the purpose of this discussion, I use the term “glitch” to mean an unintended visual or mechanical effect that takes place inside of the game space. This broad phrasing…

Stardew Valley, the game and world constructed by ConcernedApe, has become a mass success over the years due to its relatable characters and refined mechanics. ConcernedApe himself has also expressed his appreciation for mods and their importance in the games industry. Due to its impact on me, I chose…

In the idealistic valley community of Pelican Town, interpersonal connection and respect and admiration for nature reign supreme. Stardew Valley is a game where the simple joys of getting to know the town’s colorful inhabitants and learning to symbiotically live in the rich natural environment are the main draws…

Jess Withers

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store