Game Enjambment is a reoccurring poetry series on games and gaming.
There’s five reasons why this innovation never took off —
I submerged myself in the bathtub
I don’t want to play video games here.
Because games consoles don’t work underwater – Swim England (2017)
A message from S.C.U.G.A president, Oma Keeling:
“We were developing an idea that only took off because of how it sounded,
It sounded like market expansion.
Self-Contained. Underwater. Gaming. Apparatus.
The project is dead now.
It only lived because I’d wanted to drown my PlayStation 3
For no reason other than stress and grief,
We played Popcorn from Tetris to some whales,
They hated it.”
It was raining so I went for a walk…
Saw a man carrying a big branch into his house
Very bushy and green
No explanation given
Since we grow underwater
And learn through play
It only makes sense that you’d
Play Xbox on a submarine
To chill from war crimes.
A kid talks to their toy push bike
Telling it to wait for mummy and daddy
But it keeps on rolling
“Let’s do your coat up properly, chick.”
A vicar in white robes
Is talking to a congregation member with an umbrella
From their raised doorstep pulpit
Speaking with English vicar intonation
Mask hanging low about the chin.
I whip myself in the eye
With my mask
Before I enter the shop
Must get home before the pie I bought melts
And to put the Irn-Bru in the fridge
So that it’s cold and good.
A heart-shaped puddle has formed in a pothole
My back is cool and wet
The ground smells like moss
My mouth is dry
The stones are alive and
I shaved with a dull razor so my chin is sore.
Imagine playing games in a tub full of shaving cream
How would you stop the hair sticking all over?
I gulp down the rest of the pint glass of water by the bed
It’s stale, but after a walk
Younger and more exciting prospects
In the underwater gaming industry!
BRINGING A NINTENDO SWITCH UNDERWATER! – BloomFilms (2017)
Read the rest of the Game Enjambment series.
Oma is a freelance artist, writer and art history researcher. They’re the creator of the blog GlitchOut, where they poke the borders between games and everything else, and aspire to head a remake of the 2000 adventure game Gift. They tweet about it all @GlitchOutMain.