Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler Loves a bit of Stardew Valley on Nintendo Switch

Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler Loves a bit of Stardew Valley on Nintendo Switch

"Quiet on the set! We're trying to catch a tuna, here."

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.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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