I’m always interested in playing the Meditation Games entries that have something that you do without any real preamble in the launcher quote about what they might be about. This means that as the player, you have to try to figure out what they’re trying to say, and make inferences and assumptions (even if they’re wrong) about what message they’re trying to send. In this case, the act of kicking a soccer ball around what looks to be a park or part of the city has a significance that has to be gleaned.
While I’m not someone who experiences anxiety, I’ve had it explained to me a ton by those who do experience it and struggle to deal with it every day. One of the consistent explanations I’ve heard is that it’s a feeling of being overwhelmed, of too much input being taken in to the brain and threatening to break it, of a sort of overexposure to stimuli and feelings and ideas that paralyzes people into inaction. This game, however, takes a more visual approach to it, in all the right ways, and with a modern take.
Sometimes the most interesting and beautiful things can come from the most unexpected places. Music is very much the medium in which this happens quite a bit. It has genres that span different sounds and styles, it has a ton of passionate and dedicated artists, and most of all, it’s one creation away from making something that is remembered and iconic.
Fortune telling, to me has always been a bit of a crap shoot to me, and while that might seem like I’m being cynical about it, it’s more that I’m a bit of a pragmatist when it comes to trying to resort to something that seems arcane and non-traditional in order to see how the future is going to turn out. To me, a skeptic, the randomness inherent to fortune telling means that any notion of divining what might happen is a function more of something else besides the actual power of the fortune telling method.
There’s something to be said about going to a place in order to re-center yourself. Some people use the opportunity to take a mental health day and decide to take vacations that take them to far-flung corners of the earth. Others decide to stay at home and take the time in a more local setting to help relax and try to take it easy. Regardless of where you decide to go – the objective is the same – to find a place, mentally, where you can feel like that you can recover from the grind of daily life.
Here’s early September’s Meditation Games entries!
The first day of school had always been, for me, a mix of trepidation and anticipation for me. I was afraid for the new things that I’d have to experience and for the people that I’d have to meet and interact with, but also looking forward to new and interesting experiences that result from those. It’s a bit of a mixed experience that I went through, but today’s entry appears to focus more on the former rather than the latter.
We’ve seen a few Meditation Games entries that have talked a little about the experience of moving or re-locating to other places, and each of them has taken a tack on trying to figure out memories and how those are preserved in the things that you take with you. This one is no different, and adds to that pile of entries that show how you take a lot of your identity with you in the things that you have.
One of the really awesome things about music is the fact that it relies primarily on one sense (hearing), can affect your other senses with its presentation, but is not necessarily needing to do so in order to be discovered, found, or appreciated. Music itself, no matter what genre it’s in, has a sensory power to it that makes it one of the most inspiring experiences to draw upon in life. That’s what makes the presentation of a dark cave with mostly aural cues to be very ingenious to me.
As someone who’s been commuting for a significant portion of their life, today’s entry into the Meditation Games collection is something that hits close to me, mostly because of the truth of what the developer puts forth in their launcher quote. The fact of the matter is that you see some of the same things on your commute back and forth, whether it’s the same people, or interesting things that being in a car and having to focus on the road don’t tend to reveal to you.