Stardew Valley is one of the most successful indie releases of all time, selling millions of copies on all platforms and earning ports and re-releases for all of the big current-generation consoles, as well as making its way into countless 'Game Of The Year' lists.
Well, this charming farming sim was all made by a man named Eric Barone, who often goes under the moniker 'ConcernedApe'. Barone studied computer science at college and had wanted to break into the game industry and get a job with a big studio, but wasn't able to find a position anywhere. Still, he kept at it, and started making a little game in his own spare time.
Originally, his project started off as a way for him to improve his design skills, but it gradually began to take shape as a faithful and enjoyable homage to the classic Harvest Moon series. Barone had been a lifelong fan of the Harvest Moon games and spent four whole years tweaking and refining the game before finally releasing it to widespread acclaim.