The Ten 2020 Games You Must Play — Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

Today’s post is brought to you courtesy of my Substack, “A Gamer’s Take” Here is a small excerpt:

It is a pleasure to see such a game in 2020. Sakuna’s producers decided that the game had to offer its players a specific experience, and focused on it with a minimum of compromises. A book can describe the process, and a film can portray the drama inherent in the farmer’s life, but only a video game could make us feel, in a condensed way, the day-to-day toil of the rice producer. 


The work

Today was one of those days when I sat down to work on my next novel and didn’t feel like doing it. Fortunately, that doesn’t happen much – if it did, it would be a sign that I needed to find a different craft. But it happens.

But I sat down, and wrote. I will probably never use what I wrote; it was not a productive writing session. But the problem with not writing one day is that it becomes more difficult to write the next.

In any art, the key is to work at it every day.

The work is not always pleasant; but it is always essential.

The Invisible Beast

The political moment of today in the United States is so bizarre, it gives us Europeans cause for mirth. It does so because our worlds are an ocean apart. But that’s a mistake. They are much closer than most realize.

We should treat it with concern, not mirth.

If I have noticed anything during my life, it is that the USA is “patient zero” for socio-economic fashions and ailments alike. Everything that affected them in the past reached the old continent in less than half a dozen years. In this era of super-fast dissemination of information, this timescale will certainly be shortened.

What we saw was a country deeply divided along an ideological line, almost flawlessly to its center. The tiebreaker was forced by the hand of the beast, of the semi-conscious structure formed by the political, media, and corporate triad. This is a semi-invisible creature, one who likes to work behind the scenes, with Machiavellian refinement, but this time it was forced to reveal more of itself than ever before.

It doesn’t matter whether we like the result or not. The difference between a renowned illusionist and a charlatan is whether we can see the invisible strands.

And millions saw the strands.

Sword & Sorcery Heroic Fantasy Author.