A farmer fishes in a small pond next to a farm

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If you’ve ever thought that the idyllic farming fantasy of Stardew Valley was too easy, there is a mod just for you. “Hardcore mode,” as it’s called, changes nothing about the game itself but will delete your save file if you use the Stardew Valley Wiki, the most useful community resource on the game.

As spotted by GamesRadar, the mod was created by software engineer Sylvie Nightshade on June 21. She was inspired by an article on Hard Drive (the video game equivalent of The Onion) posted only hours earlier on the same day titled “Stardew Valley’s New Hardcore Mode Deletes Your Farm if You Open the Wiki.” Her announcement of the mod on X (formerly Twitter) simply quote-posts the original Hard Drive article and adds, “so I made this real.”

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