Rami Ismail wants everyone to be able to make games. “Literally anybody anywhere” should be able to work in this medium that has the potential to transcend not only cultural and national boundaries, but language. The work of including everyone is, of course, not trivial—but Rami is attempting to do the work, and the collaborative, yearlong game-a-day project Meditations serves as one particularly ambitious example of how.
We talk about Rami’s current work, as well as his time making Super Crate Box, Ridiculous Fishing, Nuclear Throne, and LUFTRAUSERS. Plus I get to tell him my weird-ass Ridiculous Fishing story, and we get to discuss the value of traveling. (I travel a fair bit, but Rami makes me—and just about anybody, really—look like a wanderlust dilettante).
• The image above is from Ashes by Owen Bell, the Meditations game for January 15.
• And here’s a link to Lose/Lose—which, FAIR WARNING, will seriously actually delete files on your computer at mostly-random, for real.
“All The People Say (Season 3)” by Holly Hyperion.
“Hotel de groene Weide” by Duo Hofmann.
“Apple Blossoms” by Vernon Geyer.
“Milenberg Joys” by Jelly Roll Morton, performed by McKinney’s Cotton Pickers.
Logo by Aaron Perry-Zucker, using Icons by by Llisole, Dávid Gladiš, Atif Arshad, Daniel Nochta, Mike Rowe, Jakub Čaja, Raji Purcell and IconsGhost from the Noun Project.