Here’s another catchup post from me for late September/Early October for the Meditation Games project!
One of the things that I think I like the best about the Meditation Games project is how developers use different genres that, while on their surface may seem like just making another enjoyable and interesting game experience, may also be hiding another message or thought. Reading over the launcher quote for this one seemed to prime me for trying to find this sort of deeper meaning in what seemed to be just a normal platformer experience, and having played it, I think I see what sort of message may have been sent by the little blue character you control with the jumping and rolling skill.
Some of the launcher quotes from the project, which I try to read in order to get an inkling of what the developer is trying to say, are things that seem more like separate, stream of consciousness thoughts rather than something that delivers a bit of a message. Much of the time it’s a bit confusing, but all of the time it’s intriguing, kind of like a mystery that you’re trying to unravel. That mystery, and the consequences surrounding discovering it, appears to be the point of this Meditation Games entry, and one that is focused on how world-changing meeting a friend you’ve known online for the first time can be.
Part of why I continue to appreciate the various entries I’m seeing in the Meditation Games project is the fact that there’s a lot being done with presentation that appears to be simplistic in nature, whether that is through mechanics or through visuals. This particular entry, one that essentially outlines crossing over a railway bridge, is one of the latter, because of the fact that its simple lines and sketch-like presentation depict a simple and interesting idea of bridging a gap.
In life, we make conscious choices in terms of the distance that we keep between ourselves and other, individual people in our lives. There’s a reason for the concept of personal space – aside from the fact that it does refer to the fact that there’s a bit of an invisible area around us, it literally has the word space in it, which, considering today’s piece of artwork, appears to have the inadvertent effect of referring to space as in outer space, and a set of very similar circumstances surrounding the orbits of planets and other such celestial objects.
Just as magnetic pulls can bring two planets or a moon and a planet in closer proximity to one another in terms of their orbit, so too do we sometimes g
Life changes tend to happen to most people on this little planet we call Earth, and they often come in the form of leaving the old and starting the new, or otherwise making a change that is vastly different than what they are doing now. Oftentimes this is filled with a sense of dread, or a kind of confidence hit that comes from leaving something behind that feels familiar and safe, and setting off into the great unknown of the new and potentially scary.
Interestingly enough, this particular Meditation Games entry is a bit of a remix of an earlier one from the year submitted by the same developers, in which you choose several different icons and you watch them float and become constellations in the sky. It’s a bit of a remix or a redux on the same kind of theme of trying to have choice and seeing it play out, but the message, I think, is slightly different, and good to re-visit.
There are some days when I wonder about the origin of constellations. While I’m aware of the mythology behind them and how people attributed them to the entities that are known even today, there’s one part of my brain that wonders what kind of imagination might have been required to not only see that in the stars, but then draw the patterns that would match them, not knowing if they’d stay in the same place long enough to be relevant. Today’s entry in the series, it seems, allows me to play the part of those original stargazers.
Travel has always made me a mixture of nervous and excited. On the one hand, you feel a bit tentative about going away from home for a little bit, especially if it’s to a place you haven’t been before. On the other, it’s a nice little change from your normal routine, a way to plan to check out some places and do things that aren’t local to you, and overall just try to do something different and perhaps new.
Pet owners know that one of their fondest memories of their life with their pet is when they’re first meeting them. There’s a sense of curiosity on both owner and pet’s parts, and then a kind of realization that they’re the ones for each other. Since pets are essentially family, this first meeting with their first look at each other is almost like one of those mythical “love at first sight” moments. It’s one of the things that really stands out when it comes to remembering a pet’s importance in one’s life, and one which I was glad to see someone pick up for this entry.