42/365 – Meditation Games #42 – Seeking Meaning

Developer Credits: Brie Code, Linsey Raymaekers, Kevin MacLeod

Launcher Quote: “Let’s make a wish. What do we seek?”

It’s a little bit appropriate that today’s Meditation Games entry from Brie and Linsey is the 42nd one, because of the fact that Douglas Adams once penned a work that set it as the answer to life, the universe, and everything. True to the moniker for the project, Seek is a little mini game where you are contemplative in a beautiful view of the Northern Lights as you pick things and symbols to be present as part of your reverie. Between it, and the music, I was reminded a lot of those times when I would try to take my mind away from the ills of the world, try to perhaps take a nice drive or a mini-journey to someplace else outside of my normal environment, and re-focus myself. It’s not surprise that nature is the setting chosen here to do so.

It was intriguing to me that the player is given the choice about what to choose that they’re seeking, wishing on, or thinking about before being treated to the Northern Lights display along with the integration of what was picked. I took the different icons presented to me as different and distinct priorities one might choose to have with their lives, and hoped that choosing the briefcase and the heart, symbolizing work and family to me, didn’t seem too contradictory. Sure, you can choose to pick everything, but I’d be interested to see the person who had that much on their mind in that many different areas (and probably declare them a hero if they do) This, I think, is part of the thought experiment, especially without the ability to use text in these games. Iconography, symbolism, and metaphor are all the developers’ weapons of choices in these games, and Brie and Linsey bring them to bear in this one, seeming to be curious about  the selection of icons from the players (it’s times like this that I wish that the launcher and games had some kind of tracking to see what kind of stats come out of some of the games’ selected actions).

I’d like to think that regardless of what’s chosen, the message being sent is to take time to do the seeking and wishing in the first place. We get so caught up in the day to day grind, everyday life, and the same routines that it might be difficult at times to take a step back and re-evaluate what you want in life. Whether you use a beautiful display of natural lights, a long drive, or simple meditation in your home to find it, the important part is that you do seek such clarity, lest you be swept along in the current of life’s many trials and tribulations. It’s a self-contained message that, even though it’s been presented in different ways before (“stop and smell the roses”, anyone?) that a reminder, in a different form, is always welcome.

 

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