Developer: Jamey Stevenson
Launcher Quote: “You are invited to a calm place.
You can access this place at any time. There are no tickets or travel plans needed. This invitation does not expire.
The place is not some hidden oasis, set apart from everyday life. It is a mutual coordinate; an estuary where the rushing current of your thoughts and the tidal influence of your responsibilities all flow together and neutralize one another.
This is a place of stillness, but not stasis or stagnation. It is a stillness born of movement. A safe harbor from the crashing waves of your dreams and desires, calculations and plans, hopes and fears. A gently drifting place of peaceful beauty; a slow dance shaped by the ingress and egress of your mind.
There’s something to be said about going to a place in order to re-center yourself. Some people use the opportunity to take a mental health day and decide to take vacations that take them to far-flung corners of the earth. Others decide to stay at home and take the time in a more local setting to help relax and try to take it easy. Regardless of where you decide to go – the objective is the same – to find a place, mentally, where you can feel like that you can recover from the grind of daily life.
This entry in the series seems to take a kind of in-between approach. The place in the game doesn’t appear to be some significant vacation spot that lots of people decide to go to. Nor is it the comfort of one’s own home. Instead, it’s just a relaxing place with a nice view that you can see in several different times during the day. It’s a curious approach to the idea that you need to go somewhere specific or be in one’s own home in order to get that mental reset. Sometimes, you just need a place that can elicit that sense of calm and stillness you need.
I’m a big believer in the fact that you don’t really need to be someplace, and that it’s the mental exercise of getting yourself back to a reset that is important. Such as it is that looking at the amazing view the picture in the game, and listening to the waves crash against the shore in a slow, but consistent testament to nature, is enough to get me back to where I need to be. This was a good reminder of that.