Buddha Board: The new blockbuster game

April 7th, 2009 - 10:21 pm ICT by GD  

The hottest new game around is, well, Buddha Board. The Buddha Board is created on the Zen concept of being present and living in the moment. Zen is a principle of Buddhism that has been in practice since centuries in many countries, particularly in India, Japan, China, Vietnam, and Korea. It is the art of doing something with complete and absolute concentration.

The Buddha Board provides a space for drawing using a Japanese brush and ink but, as the board dries up, the image vanishes. A person starts off with a clean slate, a paintbrush, and water. As the water seeps in with each stroke of the brush, gradually the design comes to life. When the water starts to evaporate you are presented with a new, blank canvas—and a clear mind. Magical, isn’t it?

The charming game of Buddha Board is also known as Okami Buddha Board. Okami, meaning “wolf” in Japanese, puts the playing person in the role of Amaterasu (a sun god) in the body of a wolf, whose main duty is to restore color and life to a decaying world. The game takes place with a 3-D camera, offering 2 different set ups. While one camera is positioned close to Amaterasu’s (playing person’s) body, the other is similar to that of Metal Gear Solid’s traditional camera, and is placed out further back and “top down”.

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