Spacebar (cnnmon)

Spacebar (cnnmon)

Spacebar (cnnmon)

My friend Jupiter Hadley writes about a lot of indie games, but this one caught my attention for two reasons: space and typing. I’m the kind of person who likes to look at things through large telescopes. I’m also a skilled typist:

One-minute typing test

One-minute typing test

I used to do transcription for money, because most other game journalists hate to listen to their own voices. I don’t do it so much any more, but I did get to flex my typing muscles a few days ago for former Guardian Games Editor and now bestselling author Keith Stuart, who continues to take on too much work.

Typing up 90+ minutes of interview audio in one day reminded me that a) I do not want to return to a life of regular transcription, and b) I still love to type, though sadly maybe not so much on the keyboard of my beloved rose gold MacBook.

Apparently I’m now the kind of person who buys a fountain pen to match her MacBook

Apparently I’m now the kind of person who buys a fountain pen to match her MacBook

So I probably won’t be playing more typing games until I invest in a mechanical keyboard or something. But Spacebar (a name which leads me to wonder – as I have with so many other games – which came first: the pun or the design) is a lovely little game, and even more pertinent to my particular interests than it appears at first sight. For one thing, the passages you type are taken from books like Coraline, which I really must read again one day. For another, the familiar challenge of merely typing accurately is bolstered with power-ups/downs that can make life more difficult by – for example – scrambling the sentences. Turns out I find it much harder to type something that makes no sense!

Best of all, your reward for successful typing is clothes.

Quietly, one of my goals for 2019 is to buy fewer clothes. I already have so many (despite many KonMari purges), and – as my Saturday Review guests and I were reminded when we visited the V&A exhibition Fashioned From Nature – the fashion industry is terrible for the environment (see also the 99% Invisible miniseries Articles of Interest). I have a few ideas for how to align this resolve with a career as a woman on screen and the scrutiny that entails. And the itch to shop hasn’t overpowered me so far (a mere two weeks into the year, I should hope not). But maybe when it does I can turn to games instead. I have long been interested in trying Style Boutique (known elsewhere by the much catchier name Style Savvy); 2019 may be the year!