It’s fairly topical right now to have a game like Richard’s that talks about cleaning, especially with all the Marie Kondo talk going around about turning to the minimalist KonMari method to make sure that you’re not overwhelmed with your own clutter and the things you inevitably acquire and keep during your lifetime. I also get and understand the anxiety that you can feel over trying to deal with a mess that’s intimidating and that you might not have the mental space to deal with the encroaching invasion that junk can have on your physical space, too.
Some of the charm of figuring out these games without any text is how the flow or the gameplay is supposed to work. Without any real guidance, you’re thrown into things much like how Nick intends you to literally be tossed in the sea, struggling to swim to shore as you try to figure out where you’re supposed to go and how you’re supposed to go about doing it.
If it wasn’t already apparent from my Twitter or from here, I’m a busy person. As of this writing I have this blog project, plus a podcast, plus work in a couple of different industries. I bake in my spare time, take care of my family, and of course, try to find time to play games. If it wasn’t for the fact that I kept a decently kept-up productivity system, I’d probably go batshit crazy, and even with all that going, I do have my moments of slight panic or anxiousness when I need to ensure something is scheduled properly.
Developer: Andy Runyon Launcher Quote: “I never remembered my mom’s birthday. I love my mom she’s a cool lady.” Looking at today’s entry from Andy, a game where the object is to match the pattern being presented on the screen, I’m reminded of how bright color presentations and a simple way of Continue Reading
When you make music, especially if you’re making music with others, it is a layered, constructive process that creates something wonderful out of individual parts. From practicing the initial piece to putting it together into the final product, there’s a certain sense of satisfaction in creating something that has a composition to it and knowing that you contributed to making it happen.
I feel like the majority of games these days, whether they are small and simple titles or large AAA masterpieces, tend to shy away from depicting actual real life events (and if they do, to present them in a way that’s “game-ified” so that it isn’t as real to the player). I don’t blame developers for this – after all, many gamers treat games as escapism, a way to get away from the real world for a little bit and indulge in one that has nothing to do with it. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done effectively.
Something that I feel is underestimated sometimes these days in a world of games known for their visuals are the audio cues that make a game. We get caught up in being amazed by the graphics or the story, or the scenery that we sometimes look at audio and treat it as an afterthought.
The way my schedule goes, I tend to not get very much sleep. That happens for a variety of reasons but most of all it’s because I keep up a bit of an aggressive set of projects and personal obligations, resulting in a lot of stuff that happens to roll through my brain on a daily basis. So it is that Sarah Imrisek’s entry into the Meditation Games project hits a bit closer to home for me while still not being as heavy as some of the other subject matter that the developers so far have gotten into.
One of the great things about this project is that we get to take a little bit of a peek into the developers on a personal level. For many of the ones I’ve seen so far, the projects they create are very close to them, in some cases a kind of extension of themselves. That means that a lot of the games that I’ve seen are not only reflections of certain significant life events or daily routines but also of their mentality in dealing with those routines. A lot of this leads to some interesting imagery, which is exactly what I saw when playing around with Zk’s entry today.
The scattering of ashes has long been a tradition in multiple religions, often symbolizing a return to nature, to the origin of where you came from, or a journey back to someplace outside of the physical realm. The addition of it being done in a place of significance to the recently departed adds to the power and weight of the moment, one which removes the difficulty of a loved one passing somewhat as one imagines a last moment with someone who enjoyed being at the place of scattering.