I love indie games. The idea that a small team, and sometimes even a single person, can tackle and create something so vast, so beautiful, is inspiring regardless of your field or disposition towards video games. Even more amazing is when the game itself turns out to be as charming and full of wonder as Celeste is. Truly, marvelous is the best word I’ve got for it; I haven’t felt this sense of wonder in a game since perhaps FEZ.
I’m in Chicago. It’s cold here. Real cold. The first two weeks of the year were so cold, it remained below 0F for most of it. To compare, last year was nearly 50F warmer. Only now is the temperature creeping back up to freezing. My skin is dry, and in the Winter it splits and cracks like the salt flats. I spend most Winters with hands that look like I narrowly escaped a bar fight.
My mind moves at a mile a minute. I sort of think I have some undiagnosed disorder, because of how quickly my brain jumps from topic to topic. Sometimes I jumble my words because my brain has already moved on to the next sentence before I’ve finished the one I’m on.
Never had I been struck me so forcefully that my way of doing things was so wrong. So inefficient. I was stumbling around with the default keyboard shortcuts, one hand on the mouse, like a drunk bear in the woods.
When it comes time to tie that all together, or flesh out my ideas into something more solid, I freeze. These ideas blossom, bumping into one another, loose stars in orbit, but haven’t nearly as often formed constellations. It’s simply because I haven’t put in the effort to.
Going into this new year, I feel like I really have an opportunity to make a difference, to change myself for the better. This can be the year we make our own, start to remake the world and ourselves in the image we want to see. Change has to come from somewhere.
We’ve made it once more around the Sun. Some years, this in itself feels like an accomplishment. I’d put 2017 in this category. It seemed like we’d never make it at the start of the year, but here we are. Breath in, breath out.
There’s more resources now than ever before when embarking on any journey of learning and personal discovery. Information is so widely available that the bigger issue is not where to get it, but what’s worth your time. A lot of this information is geared for the absolute beginner. While this is great, it can be a burden of its own making.