A year ago, in the midst of final exams and papers, I gave myself a few hours off to watch The Game Awards, the Oscars of the video game world (but with less gowns and more t-shirts). I remember that night, huddled on my bed in my dorm room, seeing Celeste win the Best Independent Game and Games for Impact awards. I was intrigued, because the Games for Impact Award generally goes to games focused on emotional storytelling and/or social issues. Not only that, but the developer, Matt Thorson, spoke about mental illness in his acceptance speech. I kept the game in the back of my mind.
Later that month, I was visiting family in North Carolina, and saw that my cousin was playing Celeste. I learned then that Celeste is a platforming game that relies on quick reflexes and precision to make it from one “room” to the next. I really wanted to give it a try, because the music was catchy and the retro graphics were cute, but I’m horrible at platformers. Even Super Mario games with all of their fail-safes are a challenge for me. I had a feeling that Celeste would be a frustrating waste of money for me, so I shelved the idea of ever playing it.
That is, until the Epic Games Store gave it away for free this year. Knowing it was considered one of the best games of 2018, I “bought” it and decided to give it a whirl when I was itching for a new game to play.
As I suspected, I sucked at it. In the first chapter (or “level”) alone, I died hundreds of times. I would die hundreds more in the chapters to come. But what really drew me in to Celeste was its story and main character, Madeline. I found myself identifying with Madeline a lot, and in a way, her quest to reach the summit of Celeste Mountain became my quest too.
I had the privilege of being a part of this project near the beginning as a member of Sarah’s writing workshop. It’s great to see all of her hard work finally coming to fruition through the published novel and the short film she created based on it!
As part of the launch of intricacies, I interviewed Sarah to talk to her a little bit about her writing process and the creation of both the book and the film. So what are you waiting for? Read on to hear more about intricacies are just cracks in the wall!
UPDATE 7/24/19: Sarah’s IndieGoGo campaign may be over, but you can still by intricacies are just cracks in the wall on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!
No one wants to be sad, but sometimes, life is too much. There are days when it feels like we’re carrying an elephant on our backs, or it’s sitting on our chest, keeping us from getting out of bed. This happens to some of us more often than others, but I’m sure all of us can think of a time when we felt weighed down by life.
Not long ago, I found myself “stuck” in one of these periods, when I felt like what I described above. There were a number of things that helped me push through, but I relied on my music a lot. Music in general has always been a comfort to me, but there are certain songs that help me the most when I’m going through a hard time. I know we all have different tastes in music, but today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite songs to listen to when times are tough.
I know most of my regular posts are on the more upbeat side of things, or are at least thought-provoking but never very serious. However, every once in a while, there’s something I want to talk about that requires a more serious tone.
Yesterday (September 10) was a day that’s very important to me: World Suicide Prevention Day. In light of that, I’d like to reflect on this topic of suicide, depression, and mental health, since this is something I care about deeply and I feel like I haven’t given it enough attention as of late.
I hope you’ve all had a good week and are ready for the weekend! Mine wasn’t too bad – like I mentioned on Friday, I saw La La Land with my friends on Friday, went to a birthday party and that Battle Royale event on Saturday , and did some other fun stuff this week too.
In case you missed it, I wrote a blog post about Christian metal on Monday, in which I give my defense of the “genre.” That was one that took quite a bit of thought to put together, so if you’re interested, I’d love it if you checked it out!
I hope you all had a great week! Mine was pretty good: as I mentioned last Friday, I went to go see Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them with some friends, and I really enjoyed it! I actually didn’t end up going to the board game night like I planned, though – a friend of mine invited me to her house for dinner, so I did that instead, which was just as fun.
Oh, and I’m feeling better too! (Knock on wood.) After taking all kinds of cold medicine and whatnot, I think I’m finally back to my regular self. I still have a bit of a cough, but I’m feeling much better than I was.
And I finished the introverts/extroverts series this week with Introverts for Extroverts! Thanks again to everyone who helped me, it means a lot!
Curious about what I’ve been doing the rest of the week? Read on!
Spring break wrapped up last weekend for me, so I’m back at school now. So far though, things haven’t been too bad! I put out two blog posts this week – One of them is the first part of my series about introverts and extroverts, “Extroverts for Introverts,” and the other one is my post for March’s Beautiful People linkup. If you haven’t seen them, I’d love it if you took a look!