63/365 – Meditation Games #63 – March Fourth

Developer Credits: Sarah Gould, Latche Swing

Launcher Quote:¬†“The first time I ever danced in public, in front of other people, it was when March Fourth came to town. They brought their big brass band and elaborate costumes anda¬† contagious sense of fun, and it all added up to a compulsion to move my body. I was always scared I would look dumb dancing in front of other people, but this time I didn’t care. I just danced! And kept dancing, until March Fourth packed up and marched onward. Even if it didn’t happen on its eponymous date, the fourth of March can’t roll around without me thinking of that traveling carnival of a band…and getting the itch to jump up and dance.”

I’m admittedly a terrible freestyle type dancer, so I sympathize with what I saw in the launcher quote from Sarah today. Dancing in general requires you to have a bit of devil-may-care attitude about how others see you, to have confidence in how you’re moving. I tend to have a bit more of that confidence in if I have something I’m following that’s choreographed – which is probably why I’ve been into k-pop lately as that is its stock in trade, in part – but if it’s freeform I have a lot more trouble. That being said, dance as a form of expression of feeling or emotion in response to music is a powerful thing that can overcome even some of the worst of the apprehension you feel at putting yourself out there.

As a bonus, it was nice to see that as the player you got to travel through several screens of people and instrument players contributing to the atmosphere lending itself to the player dancing around as if they didn’t have a care in the world. The graphical presentation and navigation reminded me of some of the old school Atari games of the console’s early days, as you are taken from screen to screen, looping back around to the first scene in the game, but always seeing the differences presented with simple, pixel-based portrayals of joy accompanied by music appropriate to conveying the mood.

At its core, it’s important to remember that music in general has a captivating way of showing how things can be expressed without the use of language or words. Dancing to such music is the ultimate response to that kind of communication, a universal language that transcends boundaries and shows that you can get past barriers, whether those made of your own self-consciousness or those that prevent you from normal communication with others. It’s that sort of shared appreciation that the developer seemed to want to convey, and which comes through in the short-lived scenes that we navigate through in all its instrumental glory.


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