Have you ever been surrounded by people and yet felt alone?
Well, of course you have. One of the many things I learned when I grew up is that this experience didn’t actually make me unique. And creator nonoise may not have meant to convey this particular feeling in today’s Meditation, but I’m sure I won’t be the only one to interpret it that way.
The intro tells us this Meditation is set at an international art fair. The fair is laid out in a grid, with narrow corridors that you can’t pass through if someone is coming the other way. The Meditation opens on a small clearing populated with brightly coloured stick figures looking at a black rectangle on the wall (presumably an artwork – all the rectangles are black).
One of the brightly coloured people stands a little further back, but that’s not you. You are all in black, indistinguishable from those that move down the many corridors. You might navigate these corridors for a long while before coming upon another clearing with a shape on the ground whose diagonal orientation combined with the pixellated art style makes it look jagged. There’s a window on the wall, and a person the same colour as the one who stood further back from the painting looks out. You press a button and the curtains close, and the jagged shape pulls back to reveal stairs down into the darkness.
Down there, you find a blurry, shadowy world, and a group of dark figures beside a silhouette – walk into it, and the game closes. I assume that the player character returns to their group and the day continues as normal.
When I was a small child, maybe five or six, I got in trouble at school and was told to stand outside the classroom until the teacher told me to come back in. I promptly walked off down the hall and went on a little journey around my school. I could have walked home – I lived the next road over – but I didn’t. I think I just wanted to exercise my freedom. It was important to me, the feeling that I could just walk away. It always has been.