Colorfiction's Becalm - A Meditative Floatabout

December 17, 2018

In a world that’s constantly moving faster than we have time to truly process, that’s constantly bombarding us with things to occupy our time and things that fight for our focus with a fast pace or new information, it’s nice to sit back and relax with something that only asks for a small amount of time and doesn’t shove new shit into your face every ten seconds.

I’ve been finding myself enjoying smaller, relaxed experiences like these a lot more lately, and Colorfiction’s Becalm is the latest 5-minute journey I’ve gone on.

There isn’t a lot to say about Becalm that its Itch.IO page doesn’t. What you see is very much what you get, and the short amount of time you’re floating along in a little boat is spent looking at the scenery as its color palette shifts and you snap pictures.

There’s nothing to interact with and no movement or mechanics to worry about, you simple sit in a boat, look around, slip back into your chair, and listen to the soothing soundscape as you allow yourself to relax.

Becalm is...almost like a meditation exercise, in a way. In some meditations, like the one I’ve been practicing, the point is to take everything in around you and to simply let it be. It’s not about processing the information bombarding you at all times, but about acknowledging that the noises and events going on exist and simply saying “Okay, that’s there,” while you steady your breathing and focus on your body.

Becalm felt a lot like that- like it was giving me a calm space to meditate in. It’s a simple feeling, and a simple game, but one that I feel is worth looking into. If you have five minutes in your day, I’d like to ask you to give this game a shot, and let me know what you think over on Twitter.

Happy Monday, make it a good week!

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