Developer Credits: Remi HeskHwis, Jeremy Guarober
Launcher Quote: “September 1st, 2015 was my first day of work in another continent. This day, and everyday, five times a week, during the four following months, I went to the lab and came back home by walking the single same straight street for 45 minutes.
I kept a small journal of interesting people I crossed during these walks: said journal includes three mentions of the same green car, a woman with an enormous pink scarf, two people far from each other wearing the same hat, and many others.
This tiny game is the chance to meet some of these people again, several years later, and to stop and say hello to them, all to the rhythm of the music made by Jeremy Guarober. Thanks you Jeremy!”
As someone who’s been commuting for a significant portion of their life, today’s entry into the Meditation Games collection is something that hits close to me, mostly because of the truth of what the developer puts forth in their launcher quote. The fact of the matter is that you see some of the same things on your commute back and forth, whether it’s the same people, or interesting things that being in a car and having to focus on the road don’t tend to reveal to you.
Walking through to people and saying hi as a means of traveling down the commuter memory lane, so to speak, is an interesting experience to lay out as far as showing what you tend to encounter, but it’s a way to show non-commuters what kind of sights and sounds are typical on the commuter travel path. A street musician, a vendor with balloons, a small animal or two, and more are among some of the unique sights that the developer has seen during their many walks back and forth from home, and it’s nice to see the sheer variance of what’s possible on just one 45 minute walk.
In the end, I think that as people switch jobs and thus switch their commutes, that these sorts of memories have the potential to change and grow as you add to them with new sights and sounds. It’s just another addition to the human experience and a means to potentially have an appreciation for the different things that you can see when you’re on the way to and from work – something that in the age of being buried in your smartphones and the internet is often underestimated and ignored when it shouldn’t be.