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The Good Life – Zero Punctuation


This week on Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews The Good Life.

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Since it no doubt won’t be long before the government has to start rationing breathable air and Fox News calls us all socialist cucks for wanting more than three sucks a day, it’s obvious why there’s a growing niche for cozy life simulator games in your Stardew Valley sort of mould that let us live out unrealistic fantasies of being able to earn a living, own property and make new friends as an adult. The Good Life is a take on that genre from our old pal Swery, the quirky Japanese auteur developer behind Deadly Premonition, J.J. Macfield and the Last Crusade et al. If you want my quick estimation of SWERY, if, say, Hideo Kojima is a bag of cheesy Wotsits, Swery is a knockoff corner shop own brand corn snack that sells for about ten pee a bag, tastes like packing material and clings to your teeth with the resilience of Jean Valjean. But he is an auteur and worth celebrating for that even if he’s never let himself be held back by little things like lack of game design competence or original ideas. You can always tell from SWERY’s new games what TV shows he’s been binging lately. With Deadly Premonition 1 and 2 it was Twin Peaks and True Detective respectively.

About the author

Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.