Do you ever feel like you have too much stuff in your life? Do you ever wish you could just get rid of everything and start over? Do you ever dream of living in a giant metal cauldron with nothing but a rock climbing hammer to keep you company? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I have the perfect game for you: Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy.
Getting Over It is a masterpiece of minimalist game design. It is a homage to Jazzuo’s 2002 B-Game classic ‘Sexy Hiking’, which was also a minimalist game, but not as minimalist as this one. In Getting Over It, you play as a man named Diogenes, who lives in a cauldron and has no clothes, no possessions, no friends, no family, no goals, no dreams, no regrets, no fears, no hopes, no desires, no emotions, no thoughts, no feelings, no nothing. He is the ultimate minimalist.
The only thing he has is a hammer, which he uses to climb up a mountain of garbage. The mountain is made of all the things that other people have thrown away: furniture, cars, bikes, barrels, pipes, boxes, crates, buckets, ladders, chairs, tables, sofas, TVs, computers, books, paintings, statues, monuments, and more. The mountain is a symbol of the excess and waste of modern society. It is a contrast to Diogenes’ simple and pure lifestyle. He is a minimalist in the middle of maximalism, surrounded by a mess of stuff that he doesn’t care about. This game is a brilliant example of minimalism in action.
Getting Over It is not just a game, it’s a lifestyle. It teaches you valuable lessons about minimalism. It shows you that less is more, that quality is better than quantity, and that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. It challenges you to focus on the present moment, to enjoy the journey rather than the destination, and to appreciate the beauty of simplicity and the challenge of adversity. It shows you how to be content with what you have and not crave for more. It makes you realize that happiness is not found in material things, but in the journey itself.
The game is very simple: you move the hammer with the mouse, and that’s all there is. There are no levels, no checkpoints, no save points, no achievements, no rewards. There is only one goal: to reach the top of the mountain. But it is not easy. The game is very hard. The physics are very realistic. The controls are very sensitive. The obstacles are very unforgiving. The slightest mistake can send you tumbling down to the bottom. You can lose all your progress in an instant.
But that’s what makes the game so beautiful. It is a challenge for your mind and body. It is a test of your patience and perseverance. It is a lesson in humility and acceptance. It is a metaphor for life itself.
As you climb up the mountain, you will hear Bennett Foddy’s soothing voice narrating your journey. He will make philosophical observations about the game and the problem at hand. He will quote famous authors and thinkers who have written about struggle and failure. He will share anecdotes and stories from his own life and from history. He will offer encouragement and sympathy when you fall down. He will also mock and taunt you when you mess up.
But don’t let him get to you. He is not your friend. He is not your enemy. He is not your teacher. He is not your guide. He is just another voice in your head. A voice that reflects your own thoughts and feelings. A voice that challenges you to keep going or to give up.
Getting Over It is not just a game. It’s an incredibly therapeutic experience. It is a game that teaches you how to live with less, how to cope with adversity, how to find meaning in the mundane. It helps you to relax, to meditate, to reflect, and to let go of your attachments and expectations. It makes you feel grateful for what you have and what you can do. It inspires you to live a minimalist lifestyle and to pursue your dreams.
If you are looking for a game that will change your life for the better, look no further than Getting Over It. It’s the best thing that ever happened to me and it can be the best thing that ever happened to you too. Trust me, you won’t regret it.