12/365 – Meditation Games #12 – Herding Project Sheep

Even the simplest presentations of games can be relatable on a very basic level, especially when they send a message through their mechanics and their visualization that hits close to home. Such as it is with today’s entry from Daniel Ilett, which elicited from me feelings of my very very brief foray into Stardew Valley with its bright sprites and rustic setting, with the seemingly simple yet still somewhat challenging goal of herding a bunch of unruly sheep into the pen.

11/365 – Meditation Games #11 – To Space Or Not To Space

One thing that I keep having to tell myself when trying these little bite-sized games from the project is that there isn’t necessarily a way to “win” the game. As gamers, we’re pre-disposed to try to go from point A to B, making our way through the game’s world in order to try to find a way to get to the end of it – or in the case of some open-world games, to get to the point where we feel we’ve exhausted all the possibilities.

10/365 – Meditation Games #10 – Dog Spirit

While we’re only 10 entries into the year as far as the Meditation Games project is concerned, it’s clear that some of the games are very personal projects to those participating. Such is the case with Cullen Dwyer’s contribution and accompanying launcher quote. While the game starts out as a sad occurrence, focusing in on a grave containing a beloved pet, life quickly returns in the form of a happy canine spirit who you direct to play one last game of catch with their owner, depicted by a hand that tosses the ball for you to fetch.

8/365 – Meditation Games #8 – The Therapeutic, Simple Dog Life

In many ways, and especially with dogs, pets experience the world through simpler, less complicated lenses. The developer’s dog, like many pets that owners treat as precious family members, is cared for and lives a life filled with sights, sounds, smells, and straightforward reactions to things such as bushes that seem scary or birds taking flight. As someone who’s a pet owner I’m all too intimately familiar with pets reacting in random and often hilarious ways to the outside world and its wonders, not to mention the amusement at seeing pets approach things with such life and excitement – even if they misbehave.

5/365 – Meditation Games #5 – Remembering 5J

In its simplicity, Ludipe’s 5J conveys not just the process of grieving and remembering someone who we love that we lose, but also one of the most familiar presentation elements for games, that being the juxtaposition of two instances of what is essentially the same scene or setting in a game.

3/365 – Meditation Games #3 – Depressive Dragging Toward The Light

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.