Hey, so, the world is garbage, and things are kinda…bad…and I was thinking, you know what would be nice? Something that doesn’t talk about that at all. Instead, I’m going to talk a whole lot about a different world where things are also kind of garbage, but some of them you can make less garbage. That’s right, I’m talking about modding Stardew Valley!
Probably you all saw that coming.
So! As we all know, I love Stardew Valley. Or, well, I play a lot of Stardew Valley, anyhow, which is very nearly the same thing. I have…*checks steam*…wow, an embarrassing number of hours of play racked up. But I also have, it turns out, over fifty mods installed, because I’m nothing if not willing to spend a ridiculous amount of time hacking things into a form that I like slightly better than the original. …
So last month was mental health awareness month, and today I’ve seen a couple threads about politics-related burnout and depression.
All of these seem to have a similar theme: if you’re feeling hopeless, if you’re feeling suicidal, if you’re depressed, please reach out. This sort of post happens a lot, especially when someone commits suicide, or someone posts about how they were struggling and that’s why they’ve gone silent for months. After the fact, usually. People say things like, “oh, you should’ve messaged us, we would’ve tried to help,” or “oh, god, I wish he’d reached out to someone”.
And I would sort of like to invite those people to go and seat themselves on the nearest cactus, only that I quite like cacti and would rather not see them squished. …