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 suffer from sleep disorders, there are a number of methods out there to mitigate them: Ambient noisemakers, relaxation tapes, sleep masks, you name it. One thing that doesn’t get tried is headphones, for good reason. Even the smallest earbuds are liable to wake you up if you roll over the wrong way. Now […]
Looking to upgrade that old laptop or tablet? Holiday sales may be way on the horizon, but there’s an even better way to get like-new tech for a steal. Here are 10 of our favorite deals on personal computers and gaming gear – refurbished, renewed or brand new. Acer Touchscreen 11′ Chromebook 16GB (Certified Refurbished) […]
Vape technology has been around long enough that vapers are starting to get picky about their gear. Luckily, so are we. From disposable models to cutting-edge touchscreen atomizers, there’s a vaporizer in this roundup to suit every taste. Hera 2 – World’s Most Advanced Dual-Use Vaporizer Choose between dry herb or oil extraction modes – […]