Desi Talk – that’s all you need to know 31 ARTS & BOOKS October 8, 2021 Sports ‘Sable’: An Art Game For People Who Like Adventure Games, And Vice Versa machinists, etc. (The machinists approach their work of fixing and upgrading hoverbikes from a metaphysical orientation - they practice machine-whispering.) Earn three badges of a particular kind and Sable can take them to a “mask caster” who will fashion her a mask through a process not the least bit mundane. With a radiant light pouring from behind a hooded cowl, a mask caster will wait patiently as Sable reaches into a pool of white light emanating from beneath the hood and retrieve a mask. As Sable explores the world around her she’ll come across abandoned spaceships which take the form of puzzle boxes. Similar to the puzzles in the Zelda games, these areas require her to manipulate power sources to raise and move platforms. Successfully doing so allows her to access the ships’ A.I. systems to uncover infor- mation on the origins of the ship’s long-departed crew. (Speaking of Zelda, Sable’s ability to scale walls, which plays an important part in puzzle solving, will remind anyone who has played “Zelda: Breath of theWild” of its stamina mechanic.) Other quests require Sable to perform fanciful tasks such as collecting beetle droppings and engaging in a bit of light detective work. Poke around the world and soon enough Sable will receive a note informing her that her tribe has returned and that she can begin the initiation right. “Sable” can be completed without anything approaching an exhaustive plumbing of its content. I salute the developers for adopt- ing one of the most easygoing approaches to an endgame I’ve come across in an open-world game. “Sable” excels at evoking the joy of movement and a feeling of calm. Driving the hoverbike over large stretches of desert is a pleasure. The sand dunes have a way of toss- ing Sable around as if she were on an arid sea of varied and beautiful shades. I found it easy to lose myself in the game’s fantasy of traveling an unfamiliar world, sightsee- ing. It’s worth considering what makes “Sable” such a visual marvel. Unlike many adventure games with a nice budget behind them, “Sable’s” art style embraces a sumptuous minimalism. From a visual standpoint, every line and every hue seems purposeful, in contrast to so many other games that heap color upon color and detail upon detail as if “more colors and visual effects equals better graph- ics.” “Sable” is not a game that feels as if it were designed by a multi-interested committee. I don’t foresee it requir- ing a remastered version “with improved visuals.”. - Special To TheWashington Post - Continued From Page 29 My Best In Test Cricket Is Still To Come; In My Eyes We Won Eng Series 2-1: Rohit Sharma -NEW DELHi I ndian men’s cricket team opener Ro- hit Sharma stated that his best is yet to come in Test format after having a phenomenal tour of England. Rohit was the highest-scoring Indian as he ended up with 368 runs in four Tests at an average of 52.57 with one hundred and two fifties. The century in the fourth Test at Kennington Oval was also Rohit’s maiden overseas triple-figure mark. “England tour was a good one for me. I won’t call it my best, because my best in Test cricket is still to come,” Rohit said in a virtual press conference organised by Adidas. Leading sportswear giant Adidas launched its ‘Impossible is Nothing’ campaign through the voice of athletes such as Rohit, Manpreet Singh, Mirabai Chanu, Simranjeet Kaur and Lovlina Borgohain. Notably, opener Rohit was only behind England captain Joe Root in runs, who scored 564 runs in the four Tests. “I am really happy with how I batted on that tour. I will now look to take that forward and build on that success in Test cricket,” he added. While he had a brilliant series, there was a lot of debate after the final Test had to be called off as there was a COVID-19 scare in the Indian camp. While India will play a Test on the next tour, it is yet to be decided whether it will be the continua- tion of the recent series or a one-off Test. Rohit feels the series is done and India has won 2-1. “In my eyes, we have won the series (2- 1). I don’t know what will happen with the final Test of the series yet -- whether we will play it as a one-off Test or the series will be decided as it is. We don’t have any clarity on that yet,” the Indian opener pointed. -ANI Photo:Twitter/BCCI India opening batsman’ Rohit Sharma. Incredible Experience Representing India In Pink-Ball Test, Says Smriti Mandhana -Queensland, Australia I ndia opening batter Smriti Man- dhana on Monday said that it was an incredible experience for her to represent the country in the pink-ball Test against Australia. “An incredible experience representing India in the Pink Ball Test. Brilliant per- formance by the entire team. Extremely proud and grateful for the love and support. What a match this has been,” tweeted Mandhana. Australia and India settled for a draw as the time ran out on the final day in Carrara on Sunday. Both teams earned two points each, meaning Australia leads the multi-format series with 6 points heading into the three T20Is, while India is on 4. Chasing 272 runs in the final session of the final day, Australia negotiated a draw despite losing two early wickets. India held command in the majority of the Test but that wasn’t enough to force a result as rain on the first two days significantly reduced the number of overs bowled. Smriti Mandhana with her maiden Test ton was awarded the Player of the Match. After the Test ended in a draw, Australia women’s cricket team coach Matthew Mott praised the Mithali Raj-led side for maintaining pressure throughout the game. “We knew India would be a great challenge for us, and we thought we’d hit happy times winning the toss and the wicket had a tinge of green. We had a very good pace attack, but we probably just missed our mark in the first hour and they got away to a really good start. From there on we just felt like we were clawing back a little bit,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Mott as saying. “I thought India played really well. Mandhana’s innings was exceptional. But we were behind for the rest of the match and they held all the aces, they earned the right to put us under pressure. And we never really got back in the game,” he added. -ANI India Women opening batter, Smriti Mandhana. Photo:Twitter @mandhana_smriti -NEW DELHi I ndian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh had a mixed bag of feelings when his ‘big brother’ Rupin- der Pal Singh told him about his plan to retire from the sport. As a drag-flicker, Rupinder Pal Singh called time on his illustrious career last week. The two-time Olympian has been a vital cog of the Indian team for more than a decade and the captain of the team knows Pal’s outstanding contribution to the sport very well. “We were together in Chandigarh, and he told me everything. I was also happy [knowing] that he is play- ing for so long and has left at such good momentum. But obviously as a friend and a little brother I was also sad that my big brother has retired from hockey,” Man- preet told ANI on Friday. Rupinder, who made his international debut in 2010, played a pivotal role in In- dia’s recent Bronze Medal-winning feat at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Having scored as many as four goals in the tournament, Rupinder was the second-highest goal- scorer in the team. “But somewhere inside I was delighted that after winning an Olympic medal, he decided to retire because it’s everyone dream to win a medal in Olympics. And he achieved that dream and after that, he decided to retire,” the skipper added. With the all-important Asian Games scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, Zheji- ang, China from September 10-25, 2022, the team’s top priority is to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics by winning the gold at the showpiece event. “Firstly we will aim to qualify for Paris 2024 in Asian Games 2022. If we do so then we will have time to prepare ourselves for the next Olympics. We are already practising for our camp which is starting next week.” “We are focusing that when we return to camp, our fitness level remains good with all the sweets that we have eaten [post-Tokyo 2020 bronze],” Manpreet quipped.The Indian captain was adamant that the team will not stop here and will achieve more laurels in future tourna- ments. -ANI Next Aim Is To Qualify For Paris 2024 In Next Year’s Asian Games, Says India Hockey Team Captain Manpreet