…and live deliberately?
We have been following this game for ages and it has now finally arrived. It seems to have won many awards since its launch. From the blurb: “Walden, a game is an exploratory narrative and open world simulation of the life of American philosopher Henry David Thoreau during his experiment in self-reliant living at Walden Pond. The game begins in the summer of 1845 when Thoreau moved to the Pond and built his cabin there. Players follow in his footsteps, surviving in the woods by finding food and fuel and maintaining their shelter and clothing. At the same time, players are surrounded by the beauty of the woods and the Pond, which hold a promise of a sublime life beyond these basic needs. The game follows the loose narrative of Thoreau’s first year in the woods, with each season holding its own challenges for survival and possibilities for inspiration.”
For the educators amongst you there is an edu version too. And some of the responses to the game are poetic:
“A remarkable experiment in translation. As contemplative as its source material, it forces an anti-reflexive pace and coddles at its center an appreciation of calm and quiet.”
“A gorgeous, meditative experience that will give you plenty of time to reflect … unlike nearly any other game I’ve ever played.”
Today, view the trailer and snoop around the website as that in itself helps one connect with inner quiet. If you choose to buy the game, entirely up to you but we are tempted, do let us know how you find it and what you learn.
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