Ah man I remember those rocks from Centy, it’s like the first village right? Pretty fun choice for stuff that gives you hope for the video games industry, LOL. I would have picked something like that, something with soul, like cubivore. I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch so say those stones from Centy are an example of low key spritiual teachings seeping into a game. Zen Buddhism in this case. Or like, any game where butterflies or dragon flies land on your head if you stand still….
Not the exact same thing but the waterfall on earthbound comes to mind where you are forced to meditate under it for three whole minutes to get into a really cool dungeon. (All the dungeons in EB are cool)
I always say this when people mention Chulip’s difficulty: Chulip is a metaphor for growing up having a hard life and being poor, that’s why it’s so unforgiving, you’re supposed to laugh when you get wrecked by a piece of big poopy. It’s an example of reverse gamification that teaches you stoicism when you step in shit in real life. A lot of what people complain about most in Chulip just reminds me of what it was like being homeless and broke after school every day, and going on adventures where sometimes I also sat there for hours doing nothing, lol. It’s about the hard knock life and I think it’s really romantic. That’s why it’s closest to my heart and soul probably more than any other game and it’ll always be my favorite over Moon.
You already know this and I’m not blaming anyone for not being a fan of Dylan but dang y’all dropped the ball way further than I’d ever expect on the Bob Dylan game! Like damn! Not even gonna attempt an impression! I think He’s a folk singert!!!! Pretty sure Jaffe was trying to send y’all an easy one there! American folk music like Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie directly inspired Earthbound, I think a road trip movie game like Mother 2 is what a Bob Dylan game would feel like, personally. Again though, I aint mad that you guys aren’t into Dylan yourselves.
I should probably get on that Patreon, at this point. I’ve got some good money coming in, time to put it where my mouth is….