So recently I started playing through the Mass Effect series for the first time (I know I’m only like 10 years or so late) and after completing the first it got me thinking about what was it exactly that makes the concept of ancient civilizations so interesting.
The short answer to this question is I think the concept of a precursor race that was far more evolved than our own being destroyed or meeting it’s end of dominance as really gripping and cool. The long answer however is a bit more complicated.
I tend to think humans in general have a bit of a natural draw towards the unknown hence why many like to read or watch mystery stories. In fact if you truly think about it mystery in general is a crucial part of any story. Without a bit of mystery you would know everything right away and the story itself would be bland all the way to the end. With this in mind I think the concept of ancient civilizations really embody this sense of mystery as we find out how as I said before the precursor race that was far more evolved met their end.
With that said I think there is a bit more to this than just mystery. The next big part of any story is a sense of discovery. As the person consuming a piece of media finds a sense of enlightenment from discovering something about the story they are then starting to become invested towards the further parts of the story.
(This sense of investment is also key to a good story in general but that’s another topic all of it’s own)
With my long thoughts done I would like to finish saying I really enjoy the idea of an ancient races populating a planet before our own time and I find it an extremely fun selling point of a story. Feel free to let me know your thoughts or any concerns you may have with my thought process down below. Thanks, -Cas