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 of a much larger environment. When a title successfully instills this feeling, it can be like witnessing a sort of magic trick. So what I’d like to do today is take you backstage and explore how different games succeed in making you part of their ecosystems…

0:00 Video Game Ecosystems
1:09 Part of the Food Chain
4:06 Changing Perspectives
6:07 The Power of Insignificance
8:47 Tears of the Kingdom
12:13 On Biomes
15:09 Endling
17:52 A Dark Future
20:02 Hope for Tomorrow

Media Shown: Planet of Lana, Webbed, Gibbon: Beyond the Trees, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Rain World, Minecraft, Endling, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Horizon: Forbidden West, Subnautica, Subnauitca: Below Zero, Skyrim, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Additional Footage from:
Wolfire Games:

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♫ Music by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio:
Mysterious Green Fluid, Sanity Unravels, Haddonfield Horror

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Infinite, Beauty Flow, Majestic Hills, Second Coming – No Percussion, Bittersweet, Floating Cities
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