This is an incredibly specific feeling that I hope resonates with other people.
So say you’re out bushwalking, it’s a relatively calm and meditative experience for the most part, you sort of just get into the rhythm of walking, enjoying the scenery, following the path, etc, and then you see something unexpected that snaps you out of whatever train of thought you were in and completely draws your focus. Maybe it’s a weird insect, or some other wildlife you wouldn’t normally see, or an odd formation in the landscape, or a cool mushroom. It momentarily catches your attention as something natural to it’s environment, but completely unexpected and interrupting to your experience, but not in any way that’s unpleasant.
I was thinking of examples of this in videogames.
The examples I can think of are:
-finding a cactus when golfing in desert golfing
-finding a shiny Pokemon when you’re just mashing
you’re way through wild encounters in Pokemon (if
you didn’t know what shinies are)
Rewards from exploring in games are excluded because if I go into a secret area, of course I expect to find something for my troubles. Most Easter eggs are excluded because they don’t feel ‘canon’; even under the assumption that everything is put in a game deliberately, if something feels like it’s there for the sake of it it doesn’t count. Ideally it will be a moment that interrupts your attention and frame of mind, in a good way, and in a way that you could not have expected because your mind was on other things at the time. The rare reload animations in battlefield are very on the fence for me, because while they do evoke the same feeling they are also very tonally jarring.
A rare piece of gear might count if it completely changes the dynamic of how the game plays in a way you wouldn’t have expected, but I can’t think of any examples.