Playing Flower again

I rebought a game for Namine.

It’s been a long time since we’ve fired up the ol’ PlayStation 3. It doesn’t run too well anymore, so despite the number of hours (not to mention games) we’ve accrued on it, we’ve made our peace with saying goodbye.

I have been slowly repurchasing a number of the same games for my computer, but there is one that I never thought to: Flower. That’s a game to which I introduced Namine, when she was very young. In bidding farewell to the PS3, I had given it up for lost, since it was a PlayStation exclusive at the time. I never would have given it a second thought if Namine had not said something.

There aren’t a whole lot of games that Namine plays on my computer. There are a couple Metroidvanias and an endless runner (on which, I note with a fair amount of pride, I cannot beat Namine’s high score), but while Namine enjoys watching me play first-person games, they do not appeal to her. One day she asked me, “Daddy, do you remember that game on the PS3 where you control the wind and make flowers bloom?”

I did indeed, and said so.

“Do you think you could install that on the computer for me?”

I told her I didn’t think it was available, but that I would look. And to my surprise, it was available after all. So I bought and installed it, much to Namine’s delight.