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       gravitation  -  a  game  about  mania,  melancholia,  and  the creative




       Gravitation is a video game written by Jason Rohrer about the  creative
       process and the interaction between the creative process and life.

       Gravitation  is  an art game. As a result, some people love it and some
       people hate it. Check out the links to places it has been discussed  on
       the website for some of the reactions.

       The mechanics of the game are fairly simple. Your "score" is related to
       the amount of "projects" you complete. To complete a project, first you
       need  to  discover  and idea. In the game ideas are represented by blue
       stars and located in the maze above your initial position.  To  get  to
       the  maze, you can either wait till you feel inspired to jump that far,
       or you can play with your daughter and be inspired more  quickly.  Once
       you find an idea, it will fall to earth (so to speak), and you now need
       to "complete" the project by pushing the fallen star (now a white cube)
       into  the fireplace. The game mechanics allow for myriad situations and
       exploring them can be an interesting experience.

       The most interesting part about this game is  the  emotions  it  evokes
       within  the player of the game. The ultra-low-res pixel art helps here,
       by not being too distracting and by  leaving  plenty  room  for  viewer

       Gravitation  is  the  follow-up  to  Passage, another art game by Jason


       Gravitation has no command-line options.

       The left and right arrow keys move left and right.

       The spacebar is used to jump. Hold for higher jumps.

       The Esc key is used to quit the game.

       The game resolution and use of fullscreen or a window  can  be  set  by
       editing the files in /etc/gravitation.


       The                website                and               discussion:

       The               game               creators                statement:

                                  March 2008                    gravitation(6)