Shit’s getting serious now.
Katamari Damacy is medicinal. A shot of Vitamin B69-420 to the pineal gland. A key part of every astronaut’s First Contact Kit in the event of needing to make the best first impression. A mushrooming mantra for flipping bad trips. A dialogue with the dandified demiurge that fashioned us from trash.
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. When I was a man, I talked like a man, I thought like a man, I reasoned like a man. When I became a star, I put the ways of manhood behind me and played Katamari Damacy for eternity.”
Shadow of the Colossus is mythremembering past, present, and future. A passion play for humanists. An ancient action figure found in a cave with lost Gnostic Gospels.
“If I have seen further, it is by stabbing upon the shoulders of giants”
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood made sense of that dream I totally had as a kid about the knight in a full suit of armour, holding a chalice full of immortal elixir, walking backwards up the downward escalator while a mall-full of teenagers attacks them with everything they could loot from Hot Topic and Spencer’s.
“Heavy heroes, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the shedding of tears (and blood (mostly blood)).”
Demon’s Souls is a Necronomicon writ with the dreams and nightmares of every human who has ever lived, authored in the earth’s core only to surface as a guide for You the Last Person to make your way through the playgrounds of oblivion. All it says is:
“If you don’t know how to die, don’t worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don’t bother your pretty little head about it.”
Super Mario 64 is a performance enhancement drug for Newtonian physics, a remote controlled gold medal gymnast for your Toys Я Us Toy Rush Challenge.
“To jump, to leap – to leap, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, for in this leap of longness (run + Z + A) what dreams may come…”
(I have a copy of Outrun 2 on its way and all I’ll say is Outrun 2 should not be played before one gets their driver’s licence or else risk a disappointment in real life automobiles that one can never recover from)
ICO is a fevered field trip in a foreign country where you struggle to stealthily abandon your guide group for that of your middle school crush, desperate to get just one minute alone with them in a cosy corner of some run down castle built by some dead king.
”Yeah, you got that something…I think you’ll understand…when I…feel that something… I wanna hold your hand. I wanna save the la-a-a-and, but mostly hold your hand.”
Sky Odyssey is Amelia Earhart’s last will and testament writ in the wind and faithfully ported to the Playstation 2 home video game console. A bold breeze that can tease a tear from the eye of anyone with the faintest sense of adventure.
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, hands clawed around an invisible Dual Shock controller, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”