As far as my memory can go (my earliest memory is of a book whose pictures mesmerized me when I was 4 years old), I have always been fascinated and scared by astrological bodies and their incomprehensible sizes. It’s not their motions or their otherwordlyness, but their idea, that of their insane size, and probably their unknown nature too. Cosmological horror of the first order!
Be it 2D or 3D, games set in space usually are a bit unsettling to me. Starflight is a good example. Even Escape Velocity or Approaching Infinity. If a game about space doesn’t make me feel uneasy, then something is wrong with it.
In the case of Outer Wilds, I think the perpetual motion and loss of visual marker, which is fundamental to its design, make me especially distressed.
Heck I must have spent most of my first real game session today just staring and scrutinizing the seemingly exploding galaxies everywhere.
Thank you, I will do my best to keep that in mind and not get paralyzed.
I may also try to play on a smaller, 15’’ screen!