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  • Moments From Florence

    [09.02.21]
    - Nikhil Murthy

  • What Next?

    Poetry

    A question that I've long mulled is what exactly makes for poetry in video games. I feel that there's quite likely a deep aesthetic vein that will be uncovered when an answer to that question is fully understood. I don't think that Florence is the answer to that question though.

    The compound statement of the hands does not feel like a rhyme. It just feels like a noun substitution. A defining trait of poetry to me is that it forces attention on the words themselves. What is often just the means to the end of expressing a thought becomes the focus of the art. There's something of that in the embellishment of base actions in the game. You have to push with your hands instead of just pressing a button once. From this though, I cannot identify what a rhyme looks like.

    I'm not going to use this article to really explore the concept, but it is something that I wanted to point out.

    Embellished Interactions

    The importance that the game gives to the embellished interactions is a big deal though. Scratch-offs, jigsaws and the like are more effort-intensive than the action strictly needs to be. These embellishments are a delight though.

    This is also something that can be melded with more system-driven games very nicely. The interactions of Hay Day were a very underrated part of that game's success. Additionally, games like In Other Waters and Spaceteam play so well largely because of how fun the UI is to interact with in itself.

    B-Side: Krish

    As a quick B-side to this article, I want to highlight Krish for a moment. It's very nice for me when I see an Indian boyfriend, especially one like Krish. It's a small bit of representation that just makes my day a little better. He's very cute. He's the kind of guy that I would want to be with and that I would want to be when I was younger. He's not pathetic.

    With Krish came a couple of really nice touches too. The Ganesha, for one, was fun to see. My favorite moment though was when unpacking in the kitchen and negotiating the spice rack. It's a very singular dynamic and one specific to multi-cultural households and it was nice to see.

    I write more on Twitter at @murthynikhil and on my personal site https://www.whynotgames.in/

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