Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone, also better known as ConcernedApe refuses to name his favorite NPC in the hit life simulation RPG.
Last week, Barone announced via Twitter that he has begun self-publishing on Android, effectively making all digital platforms that Stardew Valley is on, self-published. Partly to celebrate, he asked folks on Twitter to ask him questions about anything with the promise of answering as best as he can.
A lot of the questions were technical in kind, such as this one about how permissive Barone is willing to get about using the game’s music on streams and YouTube:
Some were, unsurprisingly about the art and profession of (indie) game development itself:
But then, one BeastBoom24 asked the ConcernedApe himself to name his favorite NPC in the game, to which he promptly refused to answer. Here’s why:
Stardew Valley is more than just a simple farming game. What that means is that a big part of the game is the relationships you form with the people living in Stardew Valley itself. Pelican Town has quite the array of people to meet and Bachelors/Bachelorettes to woo as well.
The game was meticulously made. It definitely shows in the various townsfolk, who each have their own personalities, likes, dislikes and goals in life that you can learn about as you play the game. Each player will definitely have their own favorite person in the game as they progress through the game.
For example, my wife, who has the game on three different systems – (can a console truly be said to be a console if you can’t get Stardew Valley on it? – ed) has chosen Sebastian and Elliot as her favorites, while I on the other hand have chosen Abigail.
Which is why the question is such a big deal. It’s as if Barone is being asked to pick his favorite child. Saying that, “It could cause a rift in the stardew valley community,” might not be an exaggeration.
The Stardew Valley community is very invested in the lore and characters of the game. Had he chosen an NPC, at best it would validate players interest in that NPC. At worst, it would invalidate a person for choosing said NPC or have gotten him some backlash for it.
Overall, it was a wholesome interaction. It shows Barone in a humble sense, knowing how much of an effect his opinion could have hold on the game and its community. Stardew Valley is currently available on pretty much every modern gaming platform including Xbox One and Xbox Series X. It’s also a part of Xbox and PC Game Pass.