Directing blockbuster movies is very hard work, but you still run into a lot of downtime. Sometimes the weather on the set doesn't cooperate. Sometimes a prop breaks or goes rogue. Sometimes extras are kidnapped by aliens in huge quantities, and even though they're always returned safely, waiting around for them is a real time-sink.
Ryan Coogler, the director for the massively popular Black Panther movie, has the perfect antidote for the between-the-shoot blues: A Nintendo Switch equipped with a copy of Stardew Valley.
Coogler admits his love for Nintendo's wildly popular system when Geek Bomb interviewer Maude Garrett asks the director what he "geeks out about" at the Asia premiere for Black Panther. Turns out he "loves gardening," which draws him to Stardew Valley. Garrett cheers and tells him she also has the game, which is one of the Switch's most-downloaded titles.
There's no mystery to Stardew Valley's appeal. Even if you're not into the farming aspect, there's so much more you can do: Raise animals, go adventuring, fish, court a mate, and on and on. Stardew Valley is Millennial wish fulfillment at its best, and even if you've already achieved your dreams—like Coogler assuredly has—Stardew Valley is just relaxing on a therapeutic level.