This week on Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Harvest Moon: One World.
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Jeez, I thought the world of light farming simulators was a gentle, uncomplicated place where turnips always come up in three days and baby cows spontaneously materialize inside barns when the other cows are happy enough, with none of the grim realities of getting ploughed up and down the feeding trough by a randy bull. But apparently there’s a lot of copyright fuckery going on in the world of almost spherical livestock. OK, I looked this up and I think I’ve got the details square: The popular and influential Japanese cutesy farming sim franchise Farm Story was published by Natsume in the West under the name Harvest Moon. In 2014 the developer switched publishers and its games have since been released in the West under the name Story of Seasons because Natsume reserved the rights to the name Harvest Moon, so that they could make their own rival cutesy farming games and call them Harvest Moon because they assume those fat ignorant westerners have reservoirs of cream gravy instead of brains and won’t know the difference. Well, just dip a biscuit in my skull because I tried out the new Harvest Moon on Switch. I enjoyed Harvest Moon back on the SNES and have clocked in enough hours in Stardew Valley to raise an actual child or moderately sized dog, so I was curious to see in precisely what manner Natsume was buggering the franchise’s reputation over a feeding trough.