There's something a little mysterious about the programs you can find in strange corners of the internet, and doubly so if you happen to find them in the bowels of someone else's computer.
In Memory of a Broken Dimension, a game that recently took home two Indiecade awards, you find yourself on the desktop of an old, glitching operating system called RELICS that runs "obscure research software."
What sort of research? Well, that's part of the mystery buried inside the machine, and you solve it by digging through its files. (If you're unfamiliar with DOS, it's helpful to know that typing "dir" gives you a directory.) Launching the programs you find will trigger references to unspecified "scans," and eventually launch you into a "data stream" of fragmented landscapes that you reconstruct by moving about the world and shifting your perspective. Like Calendula, it's an game whose eerieness derives from the uncertainty we often feel about technology, and the sense that something unsettling might reside in its glitches.
Although a final version is still in the works by its creator, XRA, you can download a less polished prototype for free if you'd like to get a taste of it.
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.
If you’re a photographer, videographer, or graphic designer, you’ve got a lot of competition charging up behind you. Because while you’ve been trained as a content creator, the task of snapping brilliant images, capturing well-composed video, and posting effective social media is now part of literally everyone’s skill set. For years, Adobe and their ubiquitous […]
After years of hearing a steady drumbeat about the necessity of surfing the web under the protection of a VPN, even the most technophobic among us are starting to come around. But even knowing the dangers one can face from cybercrooks phishing for information from unsuspecting victims online, those last holdouts still have some fears. […]
You may not realize it, but some of the biggest films in movie history have been edited using the same tools some of you use to cut your video of vacationing at Disney World. Giant movies from Oscar favorites The Social Network and Gone Girl to blockbusters like Avatar, Deadpool, and last year’s Terminator: Dark […]