Games that set out to teach a lesson in terms of life perspective in the context of romance and relationships are a bit rare. Part of the reason for this is, I think, the fact that there isn’t really a one-size-fits-all approach to portraying relationships. They’re so varied and different that it’s a bit tough to come upon something that could be seen as universal truth or which happens in every single relationship, all the times. Sure, there are tropes, but that’s exactly what they are – happenings that are often a little overdone.
Embracing the new and uncertain isn’t for everyone. I know I’ve always been, for the most part, a play it safe kind of person, especially as I’ve gotten older and I have more than just me to look out for. It’s not that I’m terribly risk-averse, but more along the lines of being cognizant of what I decide and what I do having an effect on others. Still, that doesn’t mean that I’m not keen to try a leap of faith once in a while when appropriate, which is the whole point of today’s entry.
I was surprised that it took this long to see an entry that involved a museum. Museums are made for meditation and reflection, but have a visual element to help you along on that front. Whether it’s to look at an art movement, or a science exhibit, or an anthropological exhibit about the history of man or beast, museums have been designed to get us to look inward as we look outward at observing things. Today’s game involved not only going to the museum but doing so on your own in order to be able to look and think at your own pace, and to ensure that you took the appropriate amount of time to appreciate what you’re seeing.
Cats were a recent focus of one of the Meditation Games entries from the past couple weeks or so, but if there’s any pet that provides a seemingly endless set of subjects to talk about and deal with, it’s cats. One of those subjects is most certainly the fact that they do what they want and aren’t concerned with silly things like inconveniencing humans or being worried about where they’re walking.
Choose your own adventure is, I think, an underappreciated genre in games. You see it in some of the moral choice games that we’ve seen pop up in the last 5-10 years, certainly – but I sort of feel like choice is a difficult metric to measure as far as appreciation. Part of this may be the fact that you’re boxed in when it comes to making choices. Even in the biggest, most open world games that state that you have choice as a whole, you’re still in a linear box that does, at some point, limit you to the game’s borders.
Determination is a big part of trying to ensure that you accomplish what you want to in life. While it isn’t the whole of every recipe to do so, and is by no means a guarantee of success, sheer will isn’t something that is to be underestimated, especially as it relates to being able to get to where you need to one step at a time. Such as it is that this Meditation Games entry is about that very feeling and that very trait, especially in the face of hardship and difficulty.
Contemplation is a big part of meditation, in part because of the fact that it forces you out of your frame of reference and into one that has you look at what you’ve decided and took action on in your life. In a sometimes hectic world where decisions can sometimes be made in the moment and where big choices can have you moving a mile a minute without being able to think about them, being able to take time to think about what’s happened can arm yourself for the future. A bus ride, especially one that occurs over the course of hours, is one setting where this can be processed and thought about, and is the perfect setting for this entry.
When you find someone that you can rely on and count on, as Javier appears to have in today’s Meditation Game, there is a sense of confidence and even invincibility that surrounds you, much like a cloak on a cold winter day. You feel like you can take on anything, work through anything, and stand any hardship. You feel that you can pick up cars, carry children out of a burning building, and in essence be ready for the inevitable challenges the world throws at you. Finding someone like this is a rare gift, and whether it show up in the form of a close family member, someone you become involved with romantically or someone who becomes one of your best friends, it’s a great feeling to have.
Color is associated most commonly with being vibrant and full of life, of being surrounded by a wonder and an appreciation for ones own environment. It’s one of the things that most of us take for granted as far as being able to see it and see those differences. In nature is probably where you see that the most, because there are so many different shades, hues, and colorings to see among the vastness of land untouched by modern man. In nature itself, there are days in which this is so very apparent as well, which is why today’s Meditation Game from Colorfiction is both bright and significant in its presentation.
It’s funny sometimes how pets can sometimes acquire value that can exceed that of another human being. Most people who have pets accept them as family, so it’s already a given that they’re equal to any other family member in their eyes. But every so often, the value goes even higher, and curiously enough, happens more often with cats. It might be because of the fact that they seem to hold themselves in higher esteem and mostly expect to be treated well (or perhaps even better) compared to their human counterparts.