I’ve never been more excited for a video game release.
I think history will remember game designer Jonathan Blow as a great artist.
In the video, Blow says,
“At it’s core, it’s a game about epiphany… that instantaneous transition of the mind that takes you from confusion to understanding. You know, one minute your situation seems impossible. You have no idea what the solution to your problem would even look like. And in the next minute you see everything, it’s all simple and clear. And you wonder how you couldn’t have seen this solution before.”
Not only is this idea a brilliant gameplay concept, but it embodies something that I think is universal and objectively important. Human beings creatively explain the universe…. and something that at first seemed incredibly elusive, like magical, invisible demon-like things that invade and kill you at random turn out to be tiny bacteria and can be easily destroyed by simply boiling your drinking water. The only path to the end is creativity and explanation.
I believe that there is something objectively important in that concept, and there is something significant about art and the artist when it comes to tapping into certain objective truths…
I used to mod my own games and design levels and art for games, even in grade school, as well as programming my own from scratch in QBasic. Recently, I’m diving headfirst back into game design. It’s hard work, but I’m excited at the prospects. I’ll be posting screenshots soon.
Are you into indie games? What are your favorites? Either way, you must check these out. Some of my favorite recent small releases from small developers…
VVVVVV – this game did something to me on a deep level, despite being graphically simple. To me, it speaks to the resilience of human nature, the hostility of the universe, and…. something else I can’t quite put my finger on. This game is exploratory and unforgiving, not to mention hours of addicting fun. Mega Man hard.
FiNCK – A simple and great platformer for a stoned afternoon… good music as well. Niffla’s other games are also quite great, and I’m excited to check out Knytt Underground.
…ok, this post is taking me forever. I have work to do on some great music. Here are some more quick ones – Braid Lyle In Cube Sector (suuuper underrated in my opinion, and the best theme music evvvvver) Cave Story (God of Indie games) Potatoman Seeks The Troof …. and the hyper-addictive Super Crate Box.