In the last year, bartenders have rewilded their drinks with foraged cocktails, city-dwellers have rewilded their urban landscapes with public mini-forests, and brands have been making sweeping efforts to become regenerative. But is it possible to rewild the way we as individuals think and act on a daily basis? In other words, “can we rewild ourselves?,” the BBC
asked in a May 2022 article.
Environmentally-minded video games
are emerging to encourage regenerative practices. Terra Nil, a strategy video game created for Microsoft Windows, instructs players to reconstruct an ecosystem in the midst of the life-like climate crisis. Set to launch in 2022, Terra Nil players must restore nature rather than exploit resources for city-building. Timberborn, released late last year, similarly reflects a theme of rewilding in video games. Players must rebuild a lost city as part of an evolved beaver colony that has adapted to survive in society’s ruin. These games are reflective of SimCity’s urban-development concepts, prioritizing the environment above skyscrapers and urban infrastructure.