Monday, December 30, 2019

The Creature Columns: "Journey - The Most Emotional Video Game I Have Ever Played" By Tom "Creature" Jeffers

 Journey, from Thatgamecompany, might be one of the greatest gaming experiences I have ever had. This game is a work of aching beauty that almost feels like a journey towards spiritual edification. I know that seems an odd thing to say about a video game, but that is exactly the way Journey makes you feel. I have played games since the Atari 2600. I have even played the original Pong on the original machine so long ago. I am an avid PC gamer and play many MMO games. The point I wish to make here is that Journey is hands down the most emotional, moving, and powerful experience I have ever had in a virtual world. I am honestly a joyous wreck over it. It made me smile for hours. I rarely have an expressed emotional response over mass media. I do “cry” occasionally over film. While I did not openly cry when I finished Journey, I easily could have. The best way to describe it is the unrelenting sense of awe and utter joy the game brings. I am not certain how the developer managed this. I do not know if they used psychology or subliminal persuasion, but the game just leaves you with a feeling of rapturous wonder! The music is so beautiful that it carries you away to the land you are in.