Hypnospace Outlaw is an early internet simulator, a recreation of the world wide web from the 1990s - a thing not everybody used all the time. But it's also a detective game with a story rippling through it, and there's a mystery here to solve. And you solve it by surfing - rifling through the internet as it once was, looking for clues.It's remarkable how different things were. Incremental change is hard to spot day-by-day but when seen all at once, in some kind of dieting Before picture, it's brazen. Oh, those halcyon days! The music blaring from every page! The fields of animations twirling in a never ending dance! The chaos, the garishness, like a teenager's bedroom over and over again.It was a bold new frontier and an innocent one, a high street with no chain stores, no ubiquity. There was no discernible Google, no Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Twitch. Back then, dial-up modems were the norm. Netflix was a DVD-by-post company, broadband still a fledgling thing. The internet was … [Read more...] about Hypnospace Outlaw review: resurrecting a forgotten internet, warts and all
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Last June, Nina Struthers, dressed in an innocuous grey slacks and a white shirt, walked out onto an E3 keynote stage to the sound of raucous applause. She looked unenthused as the camera flipped back and forth between her and the audience, her tired eyes straining with every second more of applause. As time passed, so did her patience; she begged people to stop clapping so that her publisher, Devolver Digital, could get on with its E3 press conference. Nothing helped. Finally, after mocking journalists for clapping and sighing as loudly as possible, she grabbed a pistol and shot it into the air. People laughed, and everything became even more bizarre. It took 30 seconds for people to realize that Devolver Digital’s inaugural press conference wasn’t real. It took about five minutes for people to realize it was still E3 2017’s best conference. A fake press conference that lasted 15 minutes and poked fun at E3’s entire identity suddenly became one of the most … [Read more...] about The story behind Devolver Digital’s legendary, ridiculously last-minute 2017 E3 press conference
I just wanted talk about feeling worthy enough to do something that you have the capacity and talent for. That sinking feeling that some people might have that they should not be allowed to do something because they do not have permission to do it can hold them back. So many times in my life, especially in game development, I have had the feeling that I have no right to develop games because neither they nor I were good enough. I did not feel like a professional game developer. At the start of my career, I thought that this feeling of not being worthy enough was something unique only to me, and for a long time I did not want to talk about it with anyone simply because I thought no one would understand. Although I was fully capable of producing really good games, I felt that I was merely hacking my way through each one. After a long time of not saying anything, I eventually started to open up about these feelings to some friends and even those I met on the internet. It turns out that … [Read more...] about Do you feel “good enough” to make games?
When popular Taiwan-based American Twitch caster CJayride streamed himself hanging out in a hot tub with friends at a local hotel in Taiwan, he didn’t expect it to result in days of targeted harassment on Facebook, doxing, two Twitch bans and criticism from national Taiwanese media. IRL, or “in real life,” broadcasts — a newer type of Twitch stream that features people performing ordinary activities or talking to viewers over chat, rather than playing games — have become problematic for Twitch in the past year as streamers push boundaries with their behavior. The company is looking into ways to figure out how to determine what is acceptable for a broadcast and what isn’t. IRL broadcasts exist in a gray area for Twitch as the company tries to smooth out its guidelines, and that factors into CJayride’s case. On Jan. 7, CJayride, whose real name is Chris James Robb, hosted an IRL stream from the aforementioned hotel hot tub with two male and two … [Read more...] about American Twitch IRL streamer details doxing and targeted harassment campaign in Taiwan
Polygon is kicking off its best of entertainment series, which will run through the end of December and beginning of January, coming to a close just before the 2017 Golden Globes. These personal essays will examine the best, most important and weirdest moments that occurred in television, film, streaming and YouTube/Twitch in 2017. Each will examine why the author believes that moment to be one of 2017’s most extraordinary. The series will end with Polygon’s Best of TV and Best of Movies pieces. 2017 was dominated by independent darlings, many of which surprised me upon release. There was Get Out, the horror movie that subverted everything the genre stood for, and Lady Bird, a coming-of-age story that helped us see what it’s like to raise a teen from a mother’s perspective. Call Me By Your Name gave us the romantic, queer tale I’ve been waiting years to see and The Big Sick made me fall in love with Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani’s relationship … [Read more...] about Best movies of 2017