Endless Ocean is a diving-simulation series by Japanese developer Arika
exclusively on the Nintendo Wii. The sequel to Arika’s PS2 Everblue
series, the Endless Ocean games are notable for having extremely little
game, but a whole lot of atmosphere. They are one of the few games I
feel that really “gets” the experience of scuba diving, the fun of
exploring and looking at animals in the aquatic environment. They are
woefully under-appreciated and under-noticed, which is really a shame
since they’re probably my favorite games on the Wii.
I am going to be playing through Endless Ocean: Dive, Dream, Explore,
exploring it with you while also using it as a spring board to talk
about scuba diving, marine sciences and biology, as well as other fun
scientific and historical information. Hopefully you will learn some
things you never knew, and gain some new interest in the fantastic world
of our oceans. With its completion, we are moving onto its sequel, Endless Ocean: Blue World.
Download links are available on each video page near the bottom. Note
that they can be a bit long at times so we don't have to cut infotrains
in half; do not feel bad if you have to do them in halves on occasion. Updates are also available on YouTube though do note that they are slightly lesser quality.
In order to keep this thread focused and on track, I’m instituting a set
of guideline. Please follow them as best you can, thanks!
1. Do not talk about animals or science not touched on in-video or
by commentators in thread yet. It really limits options for commentary
if everyone just steals our thunder right out the door. Once I've
touched on a subject (or, as the game may have it, have physically
touched the subject) you may talk about it to your heart’s content. Also
if you're like some kind of expert in fields, just go hog wild if
something interesting happens. This rule is pretty loose, but please try
to keep it in mind!
2. Please do not spoil the destinations ahead, cool animal reveals, or
what this game tenuously has for plot. A lot of the greatness of the
game is it catching you by surprise with its excellent visuals and
settings, so please don’t ruin it for everyone!
3. All Scuba diving talk is permitted. Share your stories, thoughts,
experiences, pictures, or whatever! You have full permission to ramble
If you want to support Arika producing more chill the fuck out games like this, consider buying a copy and playing along at home! It is definitely worth at least picking up Endless Ocean 2, which is pretty much uniformly acknowledged as a much better game all around, though the first has its moments.
If this game has inspired some interest in ocean conservation in your heart, consider donating money to Conservation International, or any other ocean conversation non-profit
(though keep your money as far away as problem from Greenpeace (unless
you particularly like being on watch lists for being associated with
terrorists), and not a lot of people are keen on the WWF (they like to
While I will be swimming solo for much of this game, there will be occasions when I will be joined by a few dive buddies from An Orbital Grouse.
Some of them will also be contributing to my solo updates anyway. To
ease the confusion of who the heck is doing/ saying what, here's a handy
guide. From left to right...
Zorak, physicist and guy running this shindig, he likes too many
sciences and enjoys telling people about them. He as a thing for
Japanese animation that we pray is never mentioned in this thread. Has
dived quite a lot of hours and has a PADI license to boot! His favorite
fish is THE KING OF HERRINGS.
Chorocojo, LP superstar, professional aquatic guy, and he who
knows more obscure trivia than anyone else. Also draws the cool images
you see and contributes all the binomial name translations! He
languishes over the fact that he has a TV Tropes page. Is looking at
getting into scuba diving and getting his license. His favorite fish (at
the moment) is the Atlantic Tarpon.
HulkaMatt, intercontinental heavy weight LP champion, foremost
expert on both combat and non-combat hugs. He currently wishes I’d stop
telling him to change his username to MachoMatt. Has a driving license
to get in a car, which he thinks is “pretty much the same thing”. He has
stated under duress that his favorite fish is the Handfish.
TyrsHTML, A bro and quite possibly The Omega Nerd. He is really
broken up that we have nothing else to say about him in this spot. Has
no diving license, given that he is in Iowa, which has no bodies of
water whatsoever. His favorite fish is the Coelacanth.