Posts Tagged ‘Mountain’

Self-Reflection On Dreamy Summer Nights

By Alice O'Connor on September 23rd, 2014.

So that's where I left my moon!

Without tarot to draw, tea leaves to swirl, crystals to tune, bones to cast, or ants to observe, this summer I turned to video games for divination. I watched between the static of late-night TV, chatted with hitch-hikers, listened to a mountain, sought forest spirits, and even consulted an oracle.

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Another Dawn: Mountain Now On Steam

By Alice O'Connor on August 19th, 2014.

I'm delighted by this blooming morning.

I think about my Mountain often, though I haven’t visited it since July. The time we spent with our virtual pet rocks was wonderful, but as my mountain entered what I think is old age, I grew concerned. Its musings had became awfully existential and it started babbling, gibbering. It’d fall silent for long periods. At times it seemed at peace but others… was my mountain dying? Not in the way that Graham murdered his either–something inevitable. I didn’t want to find out.

But as Mountain arrives on Steam (only £0.99!), I’m feeling curious. Hello, old friend.

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RPS Blather About: Mountain

By Alice O'Connor on July 1st, 2014.

Just a typical mountain.

Team RPS recently adopted pet mountains. Or befriended mountains. Incarnated as mountains, possibly. We’ve been playing a lot of Mountain, in short. It’s a “mountain simulator,” a little ambient game released today by David OReilly. Mountain will sit happily in a window in the background then occasionally chime to offer you a mountainous thought or alert you to a glorious sunrise. It’s only $1 so I shan’t explain more right now. You should buy it and see for yourself.

Should you demand more inspiration–or wish to play along with us–here, listen in on snippets from the RPS staffroom chatter as we discovered the joys, wonders, and mysteries of mountains. We hadn’t expected biplanes and giant chairs. Or tragedies, Graham.

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Mountain Simulator: ‘Her’ Fake Game Maker’s Real Game

By Alice O'Connor on June 13th, 2014.

That's a good-looking mountain.

Movies don’t really ‘get’ video games. Their adaptations are dreadful, and the idea that anyone would even adapt these games into movies is a bit daft. Video games within movies are rarely better, real games played weirdly to make clear to viewers that they’re video games or bombastic fictional games. One I would actually play was in Spike Jonze’s Her, a walking simulator with a sweary alien child. That fictional game’s creator, David OReilly (also behind Adventure Time episode ‘A Glitch Is A Glitch‘), is making his first actual game and it’s pretty novel too.

Mountain is a mountain simulator,” he’s explained. “You play as a mountain, and you get to do all of the things that a mountain does, which I’m sure appeals to all of your darkest and most disgusting fantasies.”

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