A man, disenchanted by the rigors of city living, leaves his old life behind to run a farm and rediscover a sense of purpose. That’s the setup for Stardew Valley and just about every Harvest Moon game. But for Samuel, that premise isn’t just a fiction. It’s his real life.Living on a farm had been one of Samuel’s dreams since he was a child, but life has a way of sweeping aside our big ideas. Then last year, Samuel started playing Stardew Valley. Now, at 33 years old, Samuel has given up his city apartment in Illinois that he’s lived in for years and bought a small farm out in the country. ”I’ve got a friend over right now and about two weeks ago and we were outside having a beer and he said, ‘You are living in a Harvest Moon game. You know that, right?'” Samuel tells me over the phone while laughing. “The similarities, believe me, they don’t escape me. A lot of people are telling me that I’m taking cosplay to the extreme.”But a dirty pair of overalls isn’t just a costume Samuel wears for a bit when he feels like it. With 2.5 acres of land, a… Read full this story
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