Developer: Saam Pahlavan
Launcher Quote: “I remember being a kid and calling out to my mom when I was looking for her in our home.
If I called for during Namaz I’d hear her loudly recite the words to show that she understood
I was asking for her, but she never broke her concentration. Namaz is about an old memory I have
of the day my mom decided to teach me the morning prayer. I hope you enjoy this fond and faded memory I had with my mother.”
One of the best parts of writing about and playing the Meditation Games project entries is the amount of insight, even if it’s just a glimpse, of different cultures and customs, of religions and beliefs different from my own, and of things that might seem like rote and simple to do but which are a challenge for those not familiar with them. Religious customs, such as simple prayer, definitely fall into this category, which is why the developer’s focus on the Namaz morning prayer was one which I found very insightful.
What I think makes this entry interesting is the fact that it kills two birds with one stone. It instills a sense of family values and a memory from the developer that is significant and dear to their heart as far as learning the morning prayer his mom did on a regular basis. But it also shows us a peek into another religion with customs and beliefs that for those of us that are not members of that religion, are something interesting and which involve specific actions in order to properly complete. The simon says mechanics of the game seem to play into this very well – the point is, after all, to learn the proper way to perform Namaz – but it also shows us an undercutting respect that the developer had for both prayer time and for learning something valuable from their mother.
This makes completing prayers all the more satisfying in the end – not just for performing the actions correctly, but doing so in a way that instills a sense of the importance of spending time with family and making your own memories, no matter how small they might seem. In this, you see that on this level you’re perhaps no different than the customs that are practiced in your own religion, should you have one – something that I think many people in today’s modern world could stand to learn.