With the arrival of 2020, we have decided to celebrate the 30 games that have marked the last ten years. You can find all the articles published in the archives of the Games of the decade, and read about the idea behind the project in our editorial.
Ok, it’s confession time: I’ve never finished an FTL race.
FTL is probably my favorite game. I listen to his soundtrack every day while I work, while I relax, or try to concentrate for a minute. But the game? I can’t finish it. And I’m not even close. The first round is just the start. There are all kinds of variations in your ship, which you unlock by defeating the final impossible boss, which I’ve honestly never seen. But I don’t care: FTL isn’t a title I play to finish it off, it’s something that just makes me feel at home.
For some strange reason, the fact that space is large, infinitely large, has a strong calming effect on me and makes me feel incredibly small. I know some people won’t like it and I understand them. It is not a comfortable feeling that they tell you that you are insignificant or unimportant or that (for example) everything you know and have said or done will soon be forgotten, and your hopes and your hopes. desires will be lost in time; your friends and family will one day be gone, your race will be dead. So I understand why you wouldn’t want us to remind you.
At the same time, I really need to remember it from time to time. When you are infinitely small and occupy an incredibly short time, it’s scary, but also a good way to tell yourself that you care about things that they don’t matter. And so I came to the conclusion of dealing with anxiety by looking at the stars every now and then. When I watched fireworks games when I was a kid, I really watched the starry sky. As if I were at my best friend’s, a teenage boy, half asleep in an office chair, in the dead of winter, at the back of his fantastic country cottage, where the sky was clear and spectacular.
FTL is second to none, it’s a game that calms me down when I’m in the throes of an internal storm. It is very easy to get involved, to get excited about a demanding battle to the point of forgetting that you can just stop, a minute or an eternity, to orient yourself and breathe. But if you stay calm there is almost always an escape route and when you find it you will enter a state of stasis, alone and at peace. You can take all the time in the world to have fun in this void, or just sprint to the next point on the map and repeat over and over.
Space in FTL is the sky. It conveys a feeling of perfection, perhaps more than perfection. There are so many textures, so much density and mystery, all in a game that doesn’t seem to carry much weight. I could play this title forever, and maybe that’s why I never finished it: because I’m rare, sure. I always need a warning to stay calm and stop for a moment. And playing FTL is like being at home among the stars. I’ve never been there and I never want to leave.
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