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.