I played the original farming sim Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life on my GameCube religiously as an 11 year old. I don’t know why I liked it so much as a kid. I had no interest in farming in real life, but somehow I liked it in a video game. I married the girl next door Celia and we raised a son and grew old together in the small town of Forget-Me-Not Valley. It was a special game for me then, but 19 years later, and as a 30-something who came out as gay only a few years after playing Wonderful life, in that original game a cloud hangs over me. The old game feels like an alternate timeline Lovely life I might have if I hadn’t come to terms with who I was a few years after I originally played it. I will always love this game, but the life it suggested doesn’t sound too wonderful to me now.
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I have been playing Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life, a modernized remake coming to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S on June 27, and even after nearly 20 years, I’m surprised how well I still remember Forget-Me-Not Valley (now called Forget-Me-Not Valley) Forgotten Valley, but it is hardly the only one that has received a new name). Like muscle memory, I find my way around the small town, we stop by Vestabær to pick seeds, stop by the burial site to dig up valuables and go fishing on the shore. Even if the names have changed, this is the town I spent hundreds of hours in as a child, and it’s nostalgic to see old friends again. But there is something new here that makes the whole trip back to the Forgotten Valley special in a way original Harvest moon game doesn’t: I have a man now.
Gordy is a strong, silent type. He’s an artist who specializes in sculpture and can often be found in his trailer, hustling away at his next piece, but every time I ask him out, his stoic demeanor melts into something cute and coy. It was quick, but Wonderful life dictates that you must get engaged in your first year of acting, so I gave Gordy a blue feather as a proposal, and after a chat on the beach, we decided to spend this wonderful life together.
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That’s where I’m at right now Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life. Gordy and I have been married for several years and we have a wonderful son we named August who takes after Papa Gordy and wants to be an artist. We live on my farm and take care of crops and animals together. I pass Cecilia, as she is called in the remake, with a knowing smile and a wave to a life I no longer live. Instead I have a life with a family that looks like one I might have one day.
The Lovely life remake allows queer players to be who they want to be
Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life makes farm phone classic long loved queer people their representatives. There is same-sex marriage, yes, but it is also flexible in terms of gender identity. Character creation is completely unlimited and allows you to choose your features, hairstyles, outfits and nicknames completely independently of each other. No romance is bound by gender, so you’re free to create the life and family you want, rather than one shackled by the same limitations as a 20-year-old game.
My only complaint in this regard is that while you can choose between he, she or they pronouns, regardless of what your character’s form looks like, you can’t change them after you start the game. I’d like to see the Marvelous developers change this in a future update, as some of us are still figuring out who we are and what words match how we see ourselves. At the moment I’m rocking a hairstyle and at any moment I can go to my bedroom mirror and change my hairstyle and outfit. If I felt so compelled, I might wear the skirt/jeans combo that the female protagonist originally wore Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life or wearing her ponytail. But the first names are the only thing I can’t change on the fly, which seems out of step with the rest of the game’s customization options.
In this remake/remaster driven market, I’m always on the lookout for ways to modernize old games and inclusive for queer people. For each Final Fantasy VII remakewho did Honey Bee Inn into a queer space led by a confident queerthat is Mass Effect: Legendary Edition that maintains the status quo of the first two games. Despite one notable oversight, Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life falls firmly into the former camp, and it’s almost healing to return to this game and experience what that 11-year-old gay kid should have on his GameCube. He might not have known otherwise, but both he and the world are older, wiser and, thanks to this restoration, able to live a life worthy of being called wonderful in the Forgotten Valley.
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