The Net Value

I’ve been playing a bunch of Stardew Valley lately in my downtime. It is severely addictive and dredged up some nostalgic fury in the form of fishing.

I have never fished IRL nor do I ever intend to. In my gaming life I have spent a very long time fishing. Whether it’s frantically mauling the controller in Ocarina of Time or fishing up coins, rare mounts and weird lobster pets in World of Warcraft.

I’ve probably spent a mildly terrifying time over my many years of video gaming fishing. I always start off terrible at it. Even with tutorials, fishing in games has a mad learning curve.

“There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot

Steven Wright

Games like WoW and Stardew have progress levels attached to fishing which requires certain areas you need to fish or once you’ve achieved those levels bonuses unlock to make things easier. You can apply tools like bait and lures. This can help or hinder. I remember in Zelda the sinking lure would catch you the biggest fish in the pond but it was technically cheating, and the fishing shop guy was not amused.

As with most things this made me think about testing. When am I not thinking about testing?

Don’t we each day set up lures, cast out nets, bait traps in hopes of catching a prize? Don’t we learn the new tools and techniques in the hopes of reeling in the better, more costly bugs? We monitor logs on Prod for that little wiggle on the line that could be a portent that a shark, whale or maelstrom beneath the surface?

Sometimes all the training in the world and the tools in the shed don’t matter. Some days it is blind, beautiful luck and those are the best bugs. That one lucky day of fair weather.

Anything you catch regardless of how you caught it is worth it. Whether you’ve been reeling it in for days or fished it up by accident. You added value. Prize catches or an old boot, it makes a difference.

But you aren’t the safety net. You aren’t those tools and processes. They and you aren’t the last barriers of defence before open water.

Thanks for reading!



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