I might have been part of the last generation to grow up valuing "hanging at the mall" as the ideal pastime. I love abandoned mall photography, and basically any movie from the '90s that employs malls as the backdrop for Gen X cynical anti-consumerism.
Mall Quest is a fun dirge for that age, shuttling you among self esteem-ified pixel goons and chunky graphic renderings of the things you have to buy: Games like NBA Jam 2 and Myst, Silly Putty and movies like Dances With Wolves. It has the glossy Windows 95 look of the "vaporwave" digital art movement, whereby a generation of creators old enough to remember the innocent consumerism of the mall age and the home computer boom but too young to have it for themselves resampled its phrases and imagery.
This game, free or pay-what-you-want, came out a year ago, but I only just heard of it recently. It's gleefully dystopic—and procedurally-generated, giving you a different mall-sprawl and shopping list of forgotten pop culture every time.
The Offworld Collection, presenting the very best features and essays from Offworld, is finally available to buy directly from Campo Santo for $40. I had the pleasure of designing and illustrating this splendid 250-page hardcover volume, but it’s the excellent writing, edited by Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson, that makes it an essential buy. You […]
Zoya Street, curator of Critical Distance, offers slow reflections on the fast-paced world of digital play…
This week, our partnership with Critical Distance brings us reading on parenting via Tomb Raider, the utility of the word ‘gameplay’, and experiences from Nintendo ‘play counselors’ from the 1980s and 90s.
Going back to school isn’t necessarily an option for everyone. Between the time commitments and steep tuition rates, there are obstacles aplenty as far as furthering education is concerned. However, that’s not to say it’s impossible to learn new skills. Excel with Business lets users access thousands of hours of online learning in Microsoft, business, technology, […]
More often than not, you won’t see an accident coming, which means it pays to be proactive and ensure you have the right tools on-hand before you need them. Whether you find yourself in the middle of a power outage or having car trouble at night, you can make sure you’re still capable of navigating […]
Trains may not be the most popular means of conveyance nowadays, but chances are you grew up playing with toy trains or building a model set to wrap around the Christmas tree. In either case, it’s safe to say that locomotives have long carried a unique sense of awe and scale, especially when they’re hundreds […]