If you haven’t heard of Hygge, you may not have been inside a bookstore lately. It’s a Danish word meaning, roughly, “wellbeing,” but it’s also a concept that encompasses coziness, contentment, wellness, friendship — the good life, more or less. Since the 2016 release of The Little Book of Hygge: the Danish Way to Live Well, it’s been the topic of a cavalcade of lifestyle blogs, magazine articles and other books.
It hasn’t been the topic of many games, though. Cozy games are a burgeoning trend, so we may soon have many more games that are the equivalent of curling up in a big chair on a snowy day, wrapped in a blanket with a cup of tea. For now, those of us who want somewhere to curl up in a game need to make do with what we have.
In this video, Satchell Drakes explores the concept of hygge in the games we love. He finds it in the textures of games like Yoshi’s Woolly World, in the cozy environments of Final Fantasy IX, and more.