I haven’t found anything on the level of ARK. It’s not exactly well-optimized for storage space, includes MASSIVE maps (newest one is ~400 km2, from my reading), with multiple levels and caves. I can’t think of any open-world survival games with that magnitude of scope for base assets.
I remember about 25 to 30 years ago when I added a 600 MB drive to my computer to bring the total storage up to 1 GB. I thought that I’d never be able to fill it up… My current computer has over 10 TB of storage…
The biggest game I’d had on my computer for a long time was Hitman (2016) and Hitman 2, at about 150GB each. Through an impressive feat of compression, Hitman 3, plus all of the content from the previous two games, was whittled down to under 70GB fully installed.
MS Flight Simulator displays only a few GB on Steam, but the actual game files after full download are almost 130GB.
I don’t own it but I hear DCS World can top 250GB.
return to zork had somewhere between 30 and 40 floppies
and there was a defect in some of them because when you bought a cd rom drive (lol 4X the fastest in 1994)
circuit city would give you the cd version if you returned it
it would either be the sims 4 or someone posted a train sim game that had so many route pack expansions it would be around 10 grand for the entire game