Farming a Cosy Utopia: A Regenerative Escape to Simpler Times


  • Gerald Farca


Farming games, Utopia, regenerative play, player response theory, cultural ecology, ecocriticism


This paper scrutinises the genre of farming games and its connection to forms of Utopias by exploring three games at hand: Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town (Marvelous 2021), My Time at Portia (Pathea Games 2019), and Animal Crossing: New Horizon (Nintendo 2020). It gives focus to the relationship between farming games and utopian narratives, their themes as well as their aesthetics of play and how they entice players towards ecological thought and action. This form of regenerative play and its utopian quality will be investigated in its different dimensions.





@Conference{digra1920, title ="Farming a Cosy Utopia: A Regenerative Escape to Simpler Times", year = "2023", author = "Farca, Gerald", publisher = "DiGRA", address = "Tampere", howpublished = "\url{}", booktitle = "Conference Proceedings of DiGRA 2023 Conference: Limits and Margins of Games Settings"}