Everything

Everything has the first video game trailer eligible for an Academy Award

The 11-minute trailer for philosophical pontificating simulator Everything is eligible for an Academy Award - a first for a video game promotion, boasted game developer David OReilly.

The marketing material in question is included under the Academy's category "[best] animated short film", which it become eligible for after winning the Jury Prize for animation at the VIS Vienna Shorts film festival.

Everything's lengthy trailer focuses on the correlation between the universe's smallest, biggest, and most remote entities, all while being narrated by the late British philosopher Alan Watts.

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You start life as a cartwheeling moose. As leading protagonists go, it's a bold casting. A moose, it turns out, can do very little, at least, very little here in Everything's deep and vast world. You move in a staccato, tumbling motion at one of two speeds, pausing only to converse with any nearby animals, rocks and plants over which a speech bubble hovers. "I don't know if I'll make it through the spring," says an anxious sapling. All you can do to reassure the plant is moo a big moosey moo, then flip-flop off on your way.

Universe simulator Everything's trailer is an astounding short film in its own right

Universe simulator Everything's trailer is an astounding short film in its own right

Set to the philosophical musings of Alan Watts, out next week on PS4.

David OReilly's impending PS4 project Everything comes second only to No Man's Sky in level of ambition. Where Hello Games boasted about its sci-fi opus' 18 quintillion planets, Everything hosts "one million+ years of gameplay." It's going to be hell on your backlog.

But Everything doesn't look like a case of quantity over quality, nor does it look like a typical game at all. Instead, Everything encapsulates a simulated universe where you can play as, well, everything.

The core "gameplay" may be less system-based than you're used to, but this comes from David OReilly, a man who previously made a game where you play as a mountain. It featured "no controls" and still ended up being one of the most downloaded apps in the US upon its 2014 release.

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