Critics have long argued that video games are a waste of time because players don’t learn anything from them. This game proves them wrong.
A Japanese rice farming video game called Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin’s gameplay is so intricate and realistic that many gamers have been visiting Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries website to find techniques on how to play it.
The game developer, Edelweiss, conducted careful research about agriculture through visiting major libraries in Japan, reading papers and books by agriculture professionals, and personally experiencing rice cultivation. This was the reason behind the realistic portrayal of rice farming in the said game.
Many gamers expressed their feedback about the game and shared that they, too, had to visit their country’s agriculture website to search for good strategies. The game presents Sakuna, a harvest goddess who’s on a journey towards home while battling demons along the way. Progress is also determined by how good Sakuna’s harvest is every year. The game shows a detailed process of planting, cultivating, and harvesting rice that will surely familiarize players with the farming methods.
Now to see if any of Sakuna’s players take up rice farming in real life.
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin can be played through PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC Steam.