Hypnospace Outlaw ('90s internet mystery/Digital: A Love Story-like from Dropsy creator and others) is better than I had hoped (and I backed it). There’s a lot of very specific art reaching into very specific niches, and it’s consistently off-kilter rather than a shallow-ish nostalgia recreation, as too many of these follow-ons are. There are enough jokes in the well-portrayed voices and, when it can’t find a joke, it can lean on weird style.
it’s got a robot buddy that reads emails to you in Microsoft voice
and so much lovely, lovely dithering
I’m more than conflicted in learning that the 2003-nostalgia WinXP game is getting a 2009-era version
and I can’t parse my feelings between, this is too early to glean much meaningful, and, am I just being old and cranky at retro lapping my time?
Thinking about this sub-genre, I realized that Digital: A Love Story is actually preceded by GTA IV. Not that it necessarily inspired Christine, but the web browser in GTA IV is such a wild and original concept it’s miraculous it showed up in a game with a budget that big. Maybe Rockstar is best analogized as the out-of-control 70s studio directors, following up mass and critical hits dreamlike boondoggles. Maybe they’re in their Zardoz period? Maybe that’s why I liked Red Dead 2 so much