February 8 Meditation (A Yolland)

February 8 Meditation (A Yolland)

February 8 Meditation (A Yolland)

Today’s Meditation, by A Yolland, fits into the category of memorial.

Five weeks or so into this game-a-day calendar, it has been interesting to see some of the different ways that people have used the form of a game to remember a loved one. Owen Bell has you scatter ashes into a waterfall. Cullen Dwyer has you play fetch with the ghost of a dog.

A Yolland has made something that feels a bit like an old 2D Zelda, a top-down journey begun at home. Only instead of venturing out to fight monsters, you venture out to lay a flower on a grave.

I was confronted with a lot of assumptions when I played this little game. First, when I saw two characters facing each other, I assumed the one I would control was the one on the left, next to something I thought might be a weapon or projectile. Then, when I discovered I could only control the one on the right, I assumed that what they were holding was a shield. I think now that it’s probably something more like a walking stick. The object next to the other person is actually a flower.