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Flower: Zen Gaming


Here's a game for the Playstation 3 that's getting some attention.

Joystiq writes: "The premise is simple. You are a gust of wind inside a flower's dream and you must carry petals to other flowers in order to progress to the end of the level. There's no time limit, no hazards, no points system and, really, no way to fail."

Flower2Dean Takahashi of VentureBeat writes: "The game is pure eye candy — I haven’t seen anything like it. Describe it in words? It’s a first-person plant game. It takes enormous computational power — all of the power of the IBM cell microprocessor and Nvidia graphics chip inside the PlayStation 3 — to render a hundred thousand individual blades of grass that sway in the wind. Through music and colorful graphics, you embark on a complex emotional journey. Flower is pure artistic inspiration at its best. It’s almost like watching an IMAX movie in a curved theater — except you get to direct which way the camera turns."

I guess it's sort of the anti-Grand Theft Auto. Ideas like this make me wish for more innovation in gaming. Sometimes the simplest games are the best (Wii tennis!). In any case, this sounds like a good treatment for stress, at least in the short term.

Flower is set for release in early February.

Watch a custom trailer for the game put together by a YouTube user set to "Gold in the Air of Summer" by Kings of Convenience (and click the HQ tab on the navigation), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Wow that looks about as exciting as Heroin Hero.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 27, 2009 7:29:33 PM

  2. This game looks beautiful and a very origial idea but i don't think i would buy this game maybe rent it i would get bored with it in a couple of hours i'll just have to wait and see

    Posted by: Rooney | Jan 27, 2009 7:54:09 PM

  3. If you are interested in outside-the-box game design, you should definitely check out the work of Team Ico, PS2's "Ico" and it's more popular pseudo-prequel "Shadow of the Colossus." I think these kinds of games show that the medium is capable of creating rich aesthetic experiences on par with mediums that are more typically conceived of as "art."

    Posted by: Tom | Jan 27, 2009 8:12:21 PM

  4. And lo! If there be a man who lieth with a pansy as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed abmonation; they shall surely be put to death, and their blood shall make excellent organic fertilizer.

    The Book of Earl, 20:13

    Posted by: Bryan | Jan 27, 2009 8:27:24 PM

  5. I think this is being released on the PlayStation Network as a downloadable game, so it won't be full price. Estimates are between $10 and $30.

    Posted by: Henry | Jan 28, 2009 3:06:43 AM

  6. Hm, well that was pretty and I will never mock an attempt to bring more creativity and usefulness to a media waiting for inspiration. And, what's more: I was feeling pretty mad and kinda down and somehow that made me feel very peaceful...

    Posted by: Donovan | Jan 28, 2009 5:13:04 AM

  7. This is a similar themed experience to a much older game called "Tranquility" that is available on both Mac and PC. Zero violence, soft music, pretty colors, nice shapes. In fact, the slower you play and move, the more points you make. Very zen. And, icing on the cake, it's developed in part by a gay man.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 28, 2009 9:09:41 AM

  8. Those those that haven't tried modern era video games, one can only encourage.

    The level of art and discovery are so far beyond what you may think. This is a new art form and to judge too harshly with out trying it would be a mistake.

    As someone who rediscovered gaming in the last three years . . . I am awestruck by the creativity and sense of place some of these new ideas achieve.

    Better than most current movies, there is nothing I like better than to get lost in a great platform game of this age.

    Oh, and I'm 40.

    Posted by: Br!on | Jan 28, 2009 7:14:19 PM

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