This Game Lets You Play As EVERYTHING
Have you ever come across a game that lets you play as everything? I've played as humans, aliens, race car drivers, thugs, robots, earthworms, adolescent mutant turtles that have been taught martial arts... but never before have I seen a game that lets you play as the entire universe, and everything in it.
How bizarre, intense, mesmerising, and somewhat calming at the same time... In the same way that Seinfeld was a show about nothing in particular, it seems that a game about everything is, well, whatever you make of it.
EVERYTHING's creator, digital artist and animator David OReilly, questions if games can be art, philosophy, or therapy. With this in mind, the game is appropriately set to a zen-like soundtrack, and narrations from philosopher Alan Watts.
It's a challenge to comprehend that you have the ability to set in motion the movement and spread of various creatures, microscopic organisms, as well as land masses and planets. And even when you don't choose to play (to alter events), the universe still plays on by itself, going about it's existence as if we, the players, are not really in control even if we are.
EVERYTHING is a game with such immense depth that the visual movement of animals had to be reduced to a slightly disturbing (maybe even slightly dodgy-looking), but understandable rolling animation.
Games like this can change the way people perceive what games are meant to be. There's no heroes or villains, nor even a clear linear path that a player must or can take. It's almost an open-ended message about existence, and a starting point for players to expand their minds about what it means to exist.
Players can just enjoy the freedom to explore an infinite, undefined space and time. Not in any rush, or under any particular pressure... and just be one with the universe, and everything in it.
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