Introducing  Journey, from those who brought you Flower – I’m not sure I could be much more excited about a video game. An excerpt:

In today’s society, man is powerful – We can travel at 60 mph; we can fly; we can connect with just about anyone, anywhere, at anytime. But on the street, people pass by each other ignoring the wonderful existence of other beings. We are overwhelmed by the attention needed to gain and execute our own power – just like we are in most video games. While we are doing that, we can become isolated and insecure deep inside our mind.

On the contrary, when we are hiking in the wild, we become tiny and weak again. These feelings make every other person we encounter much more important and enjoyable. We greet them, giving them genuine and useful help. We might travel together for a period, learn from and rely on each other. Struggling against the dangerous nature together, somehow, makes us warm and powerful inside. (This doesn’t make any rational sense, but somehow that’s how I feel. And I’m sure many of us do.) While most video games offer the sense of empowerment in the online gaming experience, we felt the player will pay more attention to the other players if they are less distracted by the power, and the online gaming experience will be quite unique if it carries the feeling of awe towards the unknown.

In a world where the majority of the players are distracted by technology, evoking a sense of awe and mystery could be very refreshing and powerful.

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  1. I’m experiencing this a bit right now in gaming. I’m beta-testing a release for a popular online franchise and while the live gameworld is so packed with people that interaction is far from necessary, in the beta environment, running into another player is a rare and beautiful thing. Everyone is genuinely helpful and interested. I’ve had great conversations with other players and have been able to discuss with Europeans (I’m testing on a European server) in a healthy environment what it’s like to be an American.

    And yes, this has been much my experience in backpacking in the Sierras.

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