Date: Mon Jan 14 2013 00:00:00 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)
By David Herron
The Journey to the Wild Divine is presented with a number of truly large claims, that it can help you achieve total "mind-body wellness" and help you get in touch with your spiritual nature. So it has been with a mix of skepticism and excitement that I have played this game.
At it's core the Wild Divine game is three things:
- A bio-feedback measuring unit. This unit measures skin resistance (or in other words, the oppenness of the sweat glands) and heart rate variability.
- Rich computer graphics imagry in the game providing the feedback portion of the biofeedback loop.
- Game material drawn directly from the ancient Wisdom traditions (primarily Eastern).
A biofeedback system involves a computer taking biological measurements, and generating feedback based on some algorithm that has some purpose. For example in the Wild Divine there is a teaching of the "Peaceful Breath" in several places. For one of them you are shown a fireplace, with a bellows expanding and contracting at an even pace. You are directed to breath in and with the same pace as the bellows (for a count of 7), and based on the biological indicators the game reads it animates the lighting of a fire in the fireplace. The more stress free or peaceful the indicators look, the bigger the flames in the fireplace.
Breathing evenly (to a count of 7, for example) is an ancient meditation technique. What's new is the introduction of a gadget (the computer) which can directly measure a useful attribute resulting from meditation, and give direct and useful feedback to help you deepen the experience.