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Journey of the Day #2615

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Today went by on the sofa as I tried to fight off the bugs that have paid me a visit. It’s the sort of sick where you really can’t do much of anything at all, but fortunately I had Laurel here with me, and I watched her go through Journey twice.

Journey is a gorgeous game when you play alone, taking you through beautiful deserts with sparkling sands, but one of the best parts of it is the way it handles multiplayer. As you journey to the top of a distant mountain, you may occasionally run into other players who are at the same part of the adventure as you. Your only way of communicating is by creating little bubbles with a single rune; you don’t even know the other person’s name. There’s nothing that forces the two of you to stay together, though you do keep each other warm in the cold winds of the mountain.

For a game with such minimal communication, it does an amazing job of drawing people together, and if you stay with your companion through to the end it feels like you’ve made a friend. There’s something comforting about having a complete stranger come back to wait for you as you stumble over a few tricky jumps.

I will be getting to sleep soon, I think – hopefully I’ll be strong again in the morning.

yup yup yup

Written by Umbrella Man

November 19, 2015 at 10:08 pm

Posted in friends, games, people

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