Oh that's so interesting! I definitely would have guessed it had an influence. It does indeed make an easy way to explain the game to people.
Waypoint Radio is a podcast by Vice Games and I personally think it has some of the best commentary in the industry. It's focused on cultural criticism of games and often veers into other territories like politics. The host recently played Totem and talked about it, which is how I discovered it. You can check out that episode here https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3azqwj/the-value-of-making-art-in-a-crisis-waypoint-radio