Today’s game seemed to depict this heavy, weighty feeling, and the pixie/firefly/moth of light you controlled served as a means to try to help lift that depressive weight and move it towards something better. Not surprisingly, I found it extremely hard. Parts I pulled seemed to come briefly to life, only to sag under the burden of a dark miasma that settled down on the rest of the body.
I picked up day 2’s Meditation Game by Adriel Wallick, which was accompanied by a prolific thought about how during the holiday, Adriel struggled with trying to balance their time with friends/family and keeping up their own internal energy.
TEMPRES, the first entry in this project, was the game that apparently inspired Rami to create the Meditations Games project. Because this was my first foray into not only a game but the project, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I’ve decided to blog post once per day for the entirety of 2019 on each game in the meditations.games project. I’m no stranger to blog-post-a-day challenges – I accomplished one in 2016 as a means to reboot my writing brain, after all – but in the spirit of the project, I’m adding a twist, one that just happens to help with how aggressive my schedule is. Each post will be bite-sized, taking no longer than 5 minutes to read, and unlike my habit of writing and re-writing drafts will be completely off-the-cuff and reflect my experience and thought of the game of the day.
Final Fantasy V was one of the titles I’d missed during its initial release on the SNES, but playing it in a PC port doesn’t save it from some of the issues it has trying to establish its own stake and character in the game series.
When I was writing regularly two years ago as part of my Blog Post a Day series, a common theme I kept bringing up was the fact that the internet was a double-edged sword. The things that make it great – instant updates and responses, the collective power of online opinion, the ability to create bite-sized ideas that have the potential to invade the mindset of the internet populace – are also the things that make it awful, with terrible consequences. And they can really, really fuck you up.