Why Wholesome Games are Important

by Britney 20 days ago in adventure games

Like a bowl of hearty chicken soup, wholesome games are good for the soul.

Why Wholesome Games are Important
Wholesome Games Direct Showcase on May 26th, 2020

On May 26th, 2020, Wholesome Direct showcased over 50+ upcoming indie games. A few of them — such as the highly-anticipated farming simulator & creature collecting game Ooblets — have already been released. But this wasn't just any regular video game showcase, because it focused solely on indie games categorized as "wholesome."

Ooblets by Glumberland

What's a "Wholesome" Game?

Wholesome games are a new category of gaming. These are games that feature a relaxed gameplay design, cute & colorful characters, and good vibes all around. They're bound to put a smile on your face; they're feel-good type of games. If you enjoy playing popular games such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons or Stardew Valley, then you're probably into wholesome games!

Why These Games Matter

These games are known for their adorable and comforting nature, but they're more than that. As Wholesome Direct host, Josh Boykin, explains it: "Wholesome games let players express love and compassion… [and] can tackle even the heaviest subjects." These games are not limited to light-hearted content, rather, they aim to make players feel real emotion. They can teach you a wide range of necessary life skills you can't learn from a textbook. One such app game I've played, Love You To Bits, is a point-and-click, sci-fi adventure game about love, grief, and accepting reality.

Love You to Bits from Alike Studio & Pati

What's special about video games — and specifically wholesome games — is that they expose players to real-life situations and experiences we need to be ready for before they happen in real life. How do I cope with the death of a loved one? How do I maintain a relationship? How do I learn to let go? As serious as it sounds, these are the questions we have to ask ourselves sometimes in life, but wholesome games are here to help with that.

One popular wholesome game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, is known for its quirky characters and a soothing soundtrack. A lot of us got hooked on the delightful Switch game right around the same time the COVID-19 pandemic began. For players, the Animal Crossing world became the "new world" as it shielded us from the unprecedented, frightening reality that lay outside. Even though I couldn't go out to meet with friends or eat at a restaurant, I still had this game to look forward to every day. It became my place of comfort — of solace — as it did for thousands of others too.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons from Nintendo

One can judge wholesome games on a superficial level and be satisfied with its appealing graphics and tunes — but to understand their true intent is a whole other thing. Like a bowl of hearty chicken soup, wholesome games are good for the soul. They're the comfort food of gaming! On one hand, they prepare you for real-life instances, and on the other, they're an escape for when life is just too much to handle.

I'd like to take a moment to thank all game developers who create wonderful games and care for their players. ♥

Find all games referenced here & bonus games you should check out!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons- Released March 20, 2020

Button City- Planned to Release in 2020

Calico- Planned to Release in October 2020

Kind Words- Released September 12, 2019

Love You to Bits- Released February 25, 2020

Ooblets- Released July 15, 2020

Stardew Valley- Released February 26, 2020

Frog Detective Game 1 + 2- Released November 22, 2018 & December 9, 2019, respectively

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