Posts Tagged ‘Orwell’

Wot I Think: Orwell – Ignorance Is Strength Chapter 1

Orwell: Ignorance Is Strength is being released, for some odd reason, in three chapters over the space of a month. The first is out now, and so I put on my best spying monocle to tell you wot I think.

Orwell was a game I thoroughly enjoyed despite its ludicrously silly conceit – a day one appointee at a secret government spying programme being given the reins to investigate a serious terrorist attack. So, with the arrival of its sequel, I hoped it was at least in a position to move on past this daft premise. But, no! Amazingly, you’re yet again someone who’s applying online to work for Orwell, and that same day you’re given access to techno-spying abilities that shouldn’t be in the hands of MI5’s highest ranking operatives.

When I reviewed the first game, I realised I was in the odd position of having this arm-long list of things that made the game seem fundamentally silly, but argued for how I’d enjoyed it so much despite that. In playing the sequel just over a year later, I’d really hoped to be saying how so much of these daft problems had been addressed, and that which made it such a good idea be pushed to the front. Unfortunately, not a single aspect of its conceit has changed.

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Orwell: Ignorance Is Strength resumes surveillance today

Ignorance is strength, I’ve always said, though that never did get me out of doing my maths homework. Today it becomes our job to foster ignorance in Orwell: Ignorance In Strength, the follow-up to 2016’s Orwell: Keeping an Eye On You. Once again we play as an agent of an opressive government, spying on people through phones, computers, and social media then deciding what we want to record and present as the official record to influence how events unfold. Our John really quite liked the first game, so good, grand, let’s have more. The first episode launched today, and another two will follow fortnightly. Read the rest of this entry »

Orwell’s second season to kick off later this month

Orwell season 2

John enjoyed his time snooping around dystopian surveillance game Orwell, and if the bug I planted under his lapel can be believed, he’d be keen to play something else in a similar vein. Well he’s in luck. The second season of Orwell, subtitled Ignorance is Strength, is set to kick off soon. Putting you in the role of an officially sanctioned cyber-snooper acting for the greater good, Osmotic Studios’ episodic original could hardly be more timely. Season two will tackle “the rise of fake news, social media echo chambers, and the displacement of truth”, making it the first game in my knowledge to really grapple with our Trumpian age.

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Bigger brother: Orwell continuing in second season

We’ll soon get to slip on the jackboots of The Man again in a second series of interesting episodic big brotherer Orwell, developers Osmotic Studios announced today. While the first season gave us control of a digital surveillance system to investigate suspected terrorists, Orwell: Ignorance Is Strength [official site] will put us in charge of a bigger question: who decides what even is true, and what’s truth worth? Read the rest of this entry »

The Electronic Wireless Show – IGF Special #2: Politics

Hello, friends. Our podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, returned last week to talk about science fiction in games with a trio of Independent Games Festival awards nominees. One of those interviewees (Brendon Chung of Quadrilateral Cowboy) went on to win dat big ol’ prize.

In the second episode of our IGF special, we talk to the makers of 1979 Revolution: Black Friday and Orwell about something called “politics”. You can find it below or stream it directly from Soundcloud. Read the rest of this entry »

Snowden-em-up email thriller Top Secret out now

Top Secret [official site], a game about whistleblower Edward Snowden that you play in real time via email, was released at the weekend. It lurked on Kickstarter back in 2015, when Joe leaked his thoughts on it, delving three days into a demo where he met a cryptanalyst who made him genuinely encrypt all future emails he would send. It’s all generated by clever machines of course, but the delay between sending a message and receiving a reply is there to make it feel real.
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Wot I Think: Mainlining

As has been seen, I love to hack the planet. Intrigue, silliness, typing long commands with a single semi-colon in the wrong place – a good hacking game is always welcome on my PC. Mainlining [official site] is a hacking game that could have been good. But after many frustrations, it’s getting clicked and dragged to the recycle bin. I’ll tell you why.
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Wot I Think: Orwell

With the Snooper’s Charter having very quietly been accepted into law in the UK at the end of last month with nary a bleat, thoughts of government surveillance have rarely been more topical. Orwell [official site] is a take on what such a system might look like in practice, with you the person given access to everyone’s information. Think of it as a Papers Please for the digital age, with all the accompanying ethical dilemmas. Here’s wot I think. Read the rest of this entry »

Snoop ’em up Orwell’s final episode is out

If you fancied playing The Man with surveillance ’em up Orwell [official site] but are wary of episodic releases, good news: all five parts are now out. It’s set in a country recently rocked by a terrorist account, giving the player access to a mighty online snooping system to uncover and investigate a network of suspects. This final release is quite timely, given the surveillance bill Parliament just voted through. The first episode is free so all are welcome to a glimpse of our future. Read the rest of this entry »

Orwell Looks Like The Fun Parts From Watch Dogs

When I first laid eyes on Orwell [official site], all I could think of was Mr. Robot’s Elliot Alderman, or how cool I felt when I social engineered people in the Mr. Robot mobile game. I had a flashback to the first time I ever played Watch Dogs and was promptly disappointed because all I really enjoyed doing was “hacking” the people around me and getting into their private lives. So yeah, I’d say I’m pretty excited about this game. The first episode is now out for free, and the rest will follow (paid) weekly. Read the rest of this entry »

Be A Surveillance Creep In Spy Management Sim Orwell

Here’s something for all you degenerate Facebook voyeurs out there. Orwell [official site] is a privacy-invading sim in which you play a member of the surveillance state tasked with combing through messages and private files of “suspects”. As an ordinary user of The Nation’s new terrorist-tracking system, you have to choose what information to give to the spooks and what to withhold. Although something tells me these suspects are not as criminally inclined as the eerie operating system will have you believe. Take a look for yourself in the trailer below. Maybe open a private tab.

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