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Hypnospace Outlaw

1 month ago

Feature: *screaming dial-up noise*

How Hypnospace Outlaw’s 1990s internet was made

Hypnospace Outlaw is a game about surfing a fictional 1999 internet, a web of GeoCities-like pages made by a community of weirdo artists, rock stars, scammers, edgy teens, pastors, hackers and spiritualists. It’s funny, bizarre, poignant, and sometimes dumb, just like the early internet that it spoofs. But it’s also a game, so its wild thickets of pages, all written by distinct personalities, are also…

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4 months ago

Feature: Our favourites thus far

The best games of 2019 so far

Summer. The heat age. Scorch season. Spring's hangover. It's the mid-point of the year and you know what that means. No, not "mojito time", Geoff, put those away. It's time we told you what the best games of the year are so far. There are quite a lot of them. Just look how many videogames have escaped from their developers in the past six months…

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8 months ago

Feature: Y2K Hun?

Hypnospace Outlaw review

Hypnospace Outlaw, if it can be described at all, is a game about policing an alternate-world dream-based internet browsing system in 1999. Oh yes. Accessed by wearing a brain-scanning headband, users can create their own Geocities-like web spaces, interact via a chat app, and share music and images with one another, all via the HypnOS operating system. Think Compuserve, but you're asleep. And, because it's…

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9 months ago

Hypnospace Outlaw gets weird online in March

Players and nostalgic netizens (wow, I feel older just writing that word) will be able to dive into the deliciously 90s dream-internet of Hypnospace Outlaw next month on March 12th. The latest from Dropsy crew Tendershoot, it's a game about exploring a hallucinatory future-past vision of the internet that exists in people's shared dreams. You play - at least initially - the role of 'enforcer',…

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11 months ago

Return of The Obra Dinn, Paratopic and Hypnospace Outlaw headline IGF’s 2019 finalists

The finalists for the 2019 Independent Games Festival award ceremony on March 20th have been announced, and they remind me just how joyful a challenge it is to keep up with indie development. Every category is packed with exciting, creative endeavours both complete or still in development - a reminder that 2018 was a great year for games, and 2019 stands to be even better.…

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1 year ago

Feature: Lights, camera, rock, paper, shotgun!

The Thursday Matinee: Highlights from the RPS video department

Whew, Thursday already? How did we get here? For those of you who enjoy our video matinees, or for those who didn’t even know we had a YouTube channel (you can subscribe here, by the way), here’s this week's. Yeah it’s a bit late, but we’ve been pretty busy -- you’ll see why on Friday -- and Matthew’s off trying not to get killed in…

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Feature: Could everyone please stop calling Matt a monster

The bestest games of EGX

Matt: After four days of hosting panels, interviewing developers, streaming games on camera and poking at as many as we could on the show floor, Team RPS has returned from the hallowed halls of EGX. Now that we’ve nestled back into our treehouse nooks, it’s time to talk about the best things wot we saw. So, Katharine, Dave and Alice 3.0. Which game won the…

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EGX 2018 hits Birmingham next week – try out these PC gems at the show

There's just one week left until a borderline-biblical plague of developers descend upon Birmingham to showcase their up-and-coming games to all. This great gathering shall be known as EGX 2018 and starts on September 20th, running until the 23rd. There's going to be hundreds of games on show there across all platforms, featuring developers of all shapes and sizes - both physically and business-wise. While I'll be…

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2 years ago

Dare to dream of a 1999 internet in Hypnospace Outlaw

It's sometimes hard to believe that the internet of the late 90's wasn't some sort of bizarre techno-dream. Floating GIFs, embedded MIDIs and mouse cursors that transformed from site to site. Hypnospace Outlaw (from Dropsy developer Jay Tholen) is a game about exploring a fictional internet the likes of which we just about remember, keeping the peace when trolls and malware rear their ugly heads, or…

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3 years ago

Hypnospace Outlaw’s Kickstarter Longs For Hot Dad

Good news: it seems we will get to surf the GeoCitylicious future-Internet of Hypnospace Outlaw [official site]. Dropsy developer Jay Tholen's Kickstarter for his new game has passed its goal, see. Hopeful news: the icing on the cybercake would be hitting a stretch goal to recruit the musical talents of Hot Dad. I've got it bad for Hot Dad. For three chuffing weeks, several of…

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Dropsy Dev Jacks Into Hypnospace For Kickstarter

"Uplinklikes" is the term our Adam suggests for games presented as another computer's desktop. "Uppies." Whatever you call them, Hypnospace Outlaw [official site] has one of the nicest I've seen. It's an AOL-y peek into a pastel-tinged, GeoCities-ish cyberspace with silly animated GIFs and plingy-plongy midi music. Lovely! Jay Tholen, creator of the clownventure Dropsy, wants to take us to the Hyponospace to cruise the…

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Hypnospace Outlaw: Police “Future-Geocities” In Dreams

Sadclown adventure game Dropsy may not have lived up to its excellent character design, but it had enough ideas in its strangely shaped head that I was curious what its developer was going to do next. The answer is Hypnospace Outlaw [official site], a "Future-Geocities/Angelfire Detective Cop Car Chase Game?" (the question mark seems important) that now has a devlog.

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