The Dragon Paradox

From Curious Archive. "Dragons aren’t real in the same way that fish aren’t real" – JRR Tolkien — The problem started with a book. Actually, I suppose it started with a show, “Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real,” that I watched, enraptured, late one school-night. And you could say it made me a little… obsessed —…

Sympathy for the Machine

From Curious Archive. My battery is low, and it’s getting dark. — The saddest piece of art I’ve ever seen is about a robot. Actually, it is a robot. It’s a mechanical arm by artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu that must continually push a leaking liquid back into its body to function. And here’s…

What Happens After a God Dies?

From Curious Archive. I promise this is an interesting question. — There are many stories in which divine beings come to an end. But what happens after a deity perishes? Would they… decompose, their holy forms rotting away to nothing? Or would they linger, their figures forever changing the surrounding environment, or even becoming an…

The Epic of Serina Returns

From Curious Archive. The wildest era yet comes to a world of birds. A breakdown of the Hothouse Age from Dylan Bajda’s speculative biology project ‘Serina.’ (Full Playlist: https://youtu.be/pDtpEiMyGT4) — Dylan Bajda Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sheatherius/ Dylan Bajda Website: https://sites.google.com/site/worldofserina/ Dylan Bajda Deviantart: https://www.deviantart.com/sheather888 Troll Man Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Troll_Man Troll Man Deviantart: https://www.deviantart.com/trollmans This video is a new…

Sympathy for the Monster

From Curious Archive. “Monsters are tragic beings. They are born too tall, too strong, too heavy… They are not evil by choice. That is their tragedy.” – Ishirō Honda, director of Godzilla — To empathize with a monster is to go against thousands of years of storytelling precedent. The traditional mythic role of a monster…

The Most ‘Alive’ Game Ecosystems

From Curious Archive. Why is it that some game ecosystems feel like they exist long before you press play? A meditation on fictional worlds that seem to have a life of their own. — There’s a mod for Red Dead Redemption II… that lets you play as any animal in the game’s ecosystem. And it…

The Beauty of Games With Dead Worlds

From Curious Archive. Calling a world ‘dead’ usually isn’t a compliment. But maybe it should be. A meditation on games with stunning and creative worlds that have, in their own way, died. — When we think of dead worlds, we typically don’t think of beauty. This is especially true for video games — where the…

Games that Break all the Rules

From Curious Archive. "How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice. "You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.” — Typically, fictional worlds strive for immersion: limiting themselves to certain parameters — even if those limits are more fantastical than reality. But there’s another kind of fictional world, the kind that…

The Secret World of Pikmin

From Curious Archive. What mysteries do the ecosystems of Pikmin hold? A deep dive into the biology of the world PNF-404 – better known to us as planet Earth. — In the miniature environments beneath our feet, vast dramas unfold, often without us ever realizing it. But what if we could become part of these…

Games that Make You Part of the Ecosystem

From Curious Archive. Discover the virtual ecosystems that make you part of the food chain. A meditation on games with worlds designed to make you feel like a small player in a much wider environment. — It’s a unique experience when a game makes you feel truly unimportant — like you’re just a tiny part…

The Incredible Journey of an Alien Whale – South Scrimshaw Documentary

From Curious Archive. The journey of a lifetime is about to begin. An exploration of “South Scrimshaw,” a sad documentary about the life of an alien whale in the deep sea. — Play Game – https://store.steampowered.com/app/2443110/South_Scrimshaw_Part_One/ Support N. O. Marsh – https://ko-fi.com/nomarsh Follow N. O. Marsh – https://twitter.com/n_o_marsh Beneath the waves, the story of a…

Why Junji Ito’s Worldbuilding is so Terrifying

From Curious Archive. You have nothing to fear, but fear itself. And spirals. An exploration of Junji Ito’s worlds of terrors, and the secrets behind his unique style of horror. — What type of story scares you the most? Perhaps something dark, visceral, rooted in physical danger? Or something subtle, psychological, with layers of unseen…

The Most Detailed Alien Species in Sci-Fi?

From Curious Archive. What is the most detailed alien species in sci fi? Discover the unbelievably dense lore of Christian Cline’s ‘The Yaetuan Sagas.’ Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.com/Yaetuan-Sagas-Chronicle-Account-Species/dp/B0BZFD19CP/ref=sr_1_2?qid=1680384064&refinements=p_27%3AChristian Andrew Cline&s=books&sr=1-2&text=Christian Andrew Cline&asin=B0BZFD19CP&revisionId=&format=4&depth=1 — Christian Cline Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/christiancline Christian Cline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christian_cline/ Teeming Universe Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FCCCDRN/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=the+teeming+universe&qid=1630938058&sr=8-5 There’s no shortage of aliens in sci-fi. Fantastical beings from distant…

The Invisible Horror of ‘The Labyrinth’

From Curious Archive. Once you enter the maze, there’s no escape… An exploration of Simon Stålenhag’s gripping worldbuilding artbook ‘The Labyrinth.’ — Buy ‘The Labyrinth’: https://www.amazon.com/Labyrinth-Simon-St%C3%A5lenhag/dp/1534320695/ref=monarch_sidesheet Buy ‘The Electric State’: https://www.amazon.com/Electric-State-Simon-St%C3%A5lenhag/dp/1501181416/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= Buy ‘Tales from the Loop’: https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Loop-Simon-St%C3%A5lenhag/dp/1624650392 Buy ‘Things from the Flood’: https://www.amazon.com/Things-from-the-Flood/dp/1471194434/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= Follow Simon Stålenhag: https://www.instagram.com/simon_stalenhag/ When I tell you Simon Stålenhag’s The Labyrinth…