Federico Fasce made an amazing game for today’s Meditations experience. You play as a cute little fox and you walk through a snowy place outside of the city, and when you stop walking at various intervals, you watch as a cutscene plays, and then you continue to walk again. I played it multiple times because the fox is so foxing cute, and because you can get different cutscenes if you stop walking at different times.
Today’s game comes with a lengthy description, and at first glance, it is difficult to tell what it is about, but once you play the game and look at the description again, everything becomes clear. Today’s post is going to be lengthy because I am going to analyze the description, the events within the game, and their significance. So let’s do this thing!
“I was born winter. Snow on the seaside is not very common here. So am I.” This first line is very important because it tells us two things: the game is about not belonging, and perhaps about being unique. In the game, you play as a fox in a snow-filled area. The seaside may refer to the setting of the game, but there is nothing that really supports that within the details of the environment.
“Little moon dancing in front of you. You look at her. She’s awesome. You fall for her. Still, you just keep looking. Until she just pops away.” This is the first cutscene of the game, and you get the opportunity to see it if you stop right before the first set of lights. This could be a symbol of a lot of things, but let’s only look at a few.
The moon could be a representation of a woman who the character is crushing on, as the quote states that you fall for her. This is the face-value conclusion that we can come to, and if the moon does depict a love interest, then the rest of the game’s description continues to make sense. I am certain that this is an accurate conclusion to make, but there are plenty of other ones. Meditations is a series about interpretation, and this one, in particular, puts that aspect to the test.
The little moon could also be an opportunity. That is very vague, I know, but if we get into specifics this is going to be a book so I will keep it vague. When we see an opportunity, one too good to be true, we often look at it with excitement, but also believe that the opportunity is scary. What if we aren’t good enough? What if I don’t have enough experience, time, or money for the experience. When we are sidetracked by these thoughts, the opportunity that we are excited for, and fall for, suddenly disappears and we blame ourselves for it. Maybe if you would have gone for your dream job, you could have got it, or maybe you would get rejected and fall into the abyss.
These “What ifs” frequently lead to missed opportunities, but they are also good. Questions give you a better understanding of the world around you and give you insight into the possible outcomes of the situations. The disappearance of these opportunities is a steep price to play for pursuing insight. The character wants to understand the moon, its beauty and the meaning of its existence, but in those moments of attempting to understand, the moon popped away.
The next statement is “I look at the train stopping by. And I always hope to see a certain someone getting off. It almost never happens. But when it does, I melt.” This could be about waiting for the person you love to come back, or it could be about a job opportunity. You look at the cycle of new job openings and the loss of jobs around you, and you hope that a job that you want, or one that will at very least provide you with income necessary to provide for your family, will come.
The significance of this statement relies primarily on the definition of “melt”. In one context it could be a happy term, stating how they love when they finally see the job, or person that they love. The other definition, a sadder one, would be to leave or disappear unobtrusively. The narrator has already stated that they have a problem of watching as the moon they desperately want to love fades away, but before they get to say anything to the moon, it is already gone. So melt could mean repeating the cycle of being unemployed and having stress force you to fail when seeking new jobs.
The second to last line is one of great importance that we can learn a lot from. “A gap tells you many things. It might not just be that you are missing something. But rather it tells you that you were taking something for granted and you can know how important it was now that you lost it.” In this section of the game, the fox stares at a bridge that is missing a middle section, creating a gap that stops any travel from happening. This is the most important part of the game, because, as a statement, it can be interpreted in a lot of ways, all of which have meaningful lessons.
Whether it is the end of a relationship, a job, or a friend or family member, a loss is a difficult thing to grasp. Loss always feels like missing something, but identifying the other effects of loss is beneficial. When you lose someone close to you, it can feel like you did not do enough to make that person’s life better, but it is also a reminder that life is short, and that some events come without warning.
It completely changes your view on the world, and of life. Suddenly the days that you would spend having free time are days that you try to make the best they can possibly be. You check up on all of your friends, search for ways to improve your life, and ways that you can help the people around you. Life is a line from birth to death, and in that time, short or long, we must strive to live it well, and that is what you learn from your first meeting with a loss.
“Growing up. Growing pains,” these are the last words in the description of the game, not including the gameplay directions. It is a strong way to end the story of the game, as it represents the way that we continue to grow, continue to feel pain, and continue to change based on that pain. The pains hurt, every single thing we lose, opportunities and people, hurts so bad. We must keep growing, though. We must continue and hope things go well in the future. I hope you are doing well, reader, and things will get better for you.