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Published December 24, 2018

This guy, Joe O’Connell, read my thoughts.

I agree, naturalistic video games and movies are the best, especially those with tropes such as :

  •  A harmony with the wilds
  •  A past disaster that we’re doomed to create in reality, animist gods
  •  A challenging look at good and evil,
  • An exploration of developing a balance of industry and environment.

Japanese media has done this for a long time. Japanese creators have these things down pat because, IMO, Japanese culture (architecture, media, relition…) operates not against the natural, but in a celebration of it.  Check out this mash up!

If you ever get a chance, read and watch Nausicaa. A great film and an even better visual novel by Hayao Miyazaki.


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