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This Insane Video Game Out Of Mexico Will Break Your Reality

CREDIT: Broken リアリティー / YOUTUBE

A group of video game developers in Mexico are working on a game so weird that its trailer is enough to make you think you’ve just taken a hit of LSD. The trailer for “Broken Reality,” a game that was just listed on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, shows off a world that is an obvious nod to the unrefined 3D graphics found in many ’90s computer games. However, the developers ramped up the graphics to showcase a stunning game that could only be made with today’s technology.

The game’s visual style was carefully chosen to highlight the abstract world of “Broken Reality.”

CREDIT: Broken リアリティー / YOUTUBE

Rather than create a game with the polished, realistic look that most mainstream games go for, the Mexico City-based team embraced a surreal experience one might expect from playing on an old computer that’s about to crash. The backgrounds are all wrong. The graphics are glitchy. And the colors clash and bleed like a corrupt video file. All of these features are based around the game’s location.

“Broken Reality,” developers said, “is a single player first person adventure game set on a 3D reimagining of the World Wide Web.”

CREDIT: Broken リアリティー / YOUTUBE

The trailer opens with the sound of an old 56k modem connecting to the internet, immediately letting players know where and when the game draws its inspiration. For those who remember, mid to late ’90s Internet was a very experimental and confusing time. Every website had bizarre backgrounds, low-resolution graphics, and all videos were pixelated and barely watchable by today’s standards. Rather than trying to forget that era of online experience, the game’s developers borrowed heavily from it, saying, “[Broken Reality] is all about its atmosphere. Mostly inspired by internet subcultures, the game is driven by a musical and visual style reminiscent of late ’80s and early ’90s computer graphics.”

Not much is known about the gameplay at the moment.

CREDIT: Broken リアリティー / YOUTUBE

According to the Kickstarter, the game is still in its early phases and scheduled for released in late 2017. What we know is that players “will be able to surf back and forth between levels, unlocking new areas within them through the use of flavorful tools.” And “players are able to explore the interconnected world since the beginning, and may even find endings to the game early on although some endings will require more elaborate conditions to be met.” Many of the game’s goals are similar to that of being online, like making friends, giving thumbs up and collecting items.

We can’t talk about “Broken Reality” without bringing up Vaporwave.

CREDIT: NOSTALWAVE / YOUTUBE

Drawing influence from late ’90s internet culture is not a new idea. For the last several years, Vaporwave (a music/video genre) has slowly found a home on websites like YouTube and Bandcamp. Visually, Vaporwave videos tend to feature primitive computer graphics and old commercials that look like they’ve been copied off a dying VHS cassette. The music is harder to explain, but it tends to sound like smooth jazz that’s been chopped and screwed into a nice jam. “Broken Reality” might be the first video game to really embrace this kind of look on purpose, but it’s definitely not the first experiment like this to hit the internet.


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Seniors In Mexico City Turned Their Wait For The Vaccine Into A Disco Dance Off

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Seniors In Mexico City Turned Their Wait For The Vaccine Into A Disco Dance Off

Last week, Mexican officials launched the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program by beginning to vaccinate those 65 and over. But, just like in countries around the world, the roll out hasn’t exactly been ideal. Many residents in the nation’s capital have reported waiting in line for hours for their vaccine, with some even being forced to camp out overnight to make sure they receive their shot.

Despite the long waits, many seniors are turning the headache into something fun by having impromptu dance offs and even yoga classes.

Seniors lined up to get vaccinated turned the wait into a fun dance off to pass the time.

As Mexico begins vaccinating the general public – after months of giving vaccines to public health workers – seniors, who are first in line, are facing immense lines at vaccination sites across the country.

To help pass the time, many of those waiting in line have tried to make the wait more bearable by dancing to tunes such as disco classic “I Will Survive.”

Healthcare workers outside a vaccination center in a Mexico City suburb got the festivities started by encouraging those waiting for a Sputnik V shot to cut a rug in the street as music played over a sound system. One of the workers even belted out a few songs over karaoke backing tracks to entertain the seniors, some of whom had begun lining up on Wednesday night.

Many seniors lined up didn’t mind the wait since they were grateful for the vaccine.

Despite the hours long wait – with some even camping out overnight to ensure their access to the vaccine – many of those waiting were simply grateful for the shots.

With tears in his eyes, 67-year-old Juan Mario Cárdenas told Reforma that he has lost friends to Covid-19 and that getting vaccinated was a matter of life and death for him. He is one of almost 200,000 people in the Mexico City boroughs of Iztacalco, Xochimilco and Tláhuac who are expected to receive a first shot of the Sputnik V vaccine by the end of next week.

The country is rolling out its vaccination program using the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

Inoculation with the Russian vaccine began in the capital – the country’s coronavirus epicenter – on Wednesday, nearly two weeks after the first AstraZeneca shots were given to people aged 60 and over in several of the city’s most affected suburbs.

About 1.9 million vaccine doses had been administered in Mexico as of Wednesday night, mainly to health workers and seniors. The government expects to receive more than 100 million doses from several companies by the end of May.

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Mexico City Celebrates Its 500th Birthday Amid A Pandemic And Mounting Violence

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Mexico City Celebrates Its 500th Birthday Amid A Pandemic And Mounting Violence

Most of us are looking to 2021 with optimism, but for Mexico, this upcoming year won’t just be about saying goodbye to 2020. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) says 2021 will be the “year of independence and greatness” for Mexico, celebrating not only 500 years since the founding of Mexico City, but also 200 years since Mexico achieved its independence from Spain.

As Mexico City turns 500, the city faces many challenges and reasons to celebrate.

Pretty much the entire world was waiting for 2021 to arrive, so that we could all say adiós to 2020. But few places were as eager to welcome 2021 as Mexico was.

You see, it was in 1321 that the ancient city of Tenochtitlan (modern day Mexico City) was founded by the Aztecas, in 1521 the city was conquered and rebuilt by Spanish conquistadors, and in 1821 the nation gained independence from Spain. So you can see why 2021 is such a major year for Mexico.

President AMLO presented a plan to commemorate two centuries of Mexico’s Independence, the 700th anniversary of the founding of Mexico-Tenochtitlan and the 500th anniversary of the fall of the city that became the country’s capital city.

“Next year is the year of the Independence and the greatness of Mexico,” the president said, joined by Mexico City Head of Government Claudia Sheinbaum. In a detailed report on the year’s celebrations, IMSS head Zoé Robledo pointed out that the whole program includes 12 national events including tributes to national heroes, commemoration of relevant dates, exhibitions, parades and the traditional Independence celebration known as El Grito. Other events and celebrations are also expected in 65 cities across 32 states, starting on Feb. 14 in Oaxaca and ending on Sept. 30 in Michoacán.

The nation’s capital has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and faces other serious challenges.

Like many major cities, Mexico City has been severely impacted by the pandemic. It’s the epicenter of the health crisis in Mexico with more than 500,000 confirmed cases and nearly 25,000 deaths. In recent weeks, hospital occupancy has surpassed 90% meaning there’s little to no room for people to be treated. Meanwhile, the government has come under fire for a lack of any economic security to those who have been forced to go without work as the city of more than 20 million people was placed under lockdown. 

In addition to the health crisis, a growing issue of cartel violence has plagued parts of the capitol – a city once thought immune to the cartel wars that rage in other corners of the country. In 2020, violence in the capital broke records with brazen attacks on elected officials and bloody turf wars between long standing gangs and the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación.

But the city also has many reasons to be optimistic in 2021.

Mexico City remains the epicenter of progressivism in the country and that can be seen in the many policies put forward in recent months. With a focus on protecting women’s safety and health and empowering the LGBTQ community, Mexico City is emerging as a safe space for some of the country’s most maligned citizens. 

The city is also undergoing a rapid transformation to a greener society with bans on single-use plastics and a move towards greener policies. From the city’s southern districts to its historical center, the city is also seeing major beautification works to help increase its draw to international tourists – of whom the city has come to rely on for the much needed tourist dollar.

“2021 will be a remarkable year for the city — a city that welcomes all and provides a home for people of all ages and nationalities, which has resulted in a unique cultural hybrid,” says Paulina Feltrin, director of marketing and communications at The St. Regis Mexico City. “I hope this becomes another reason for international and domestic travelers to come celebrate with us.”

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