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This Insane Video Game Out Of Mexico Will Break Your Reality

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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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Shocked Workers Find A ‘Giant Rat’ Inside Mexico City’s Sewer System

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Shocked Workers Find A ‘Giant Rat’ Inside Mexico City’s Sewer System

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The year 2020 seems to be the year that just won’t stop throwing us curve balls. In its latest attempt to shock and terrorize us, workers in Mexico City’s sewer system have found what appears to be a giant rat inside the system. The photos and video are straight out of a horror film.

Some on social media quickly wondered if this wasn’t an actual Master Splinter of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame. But it turns out that the ‘giant rat’ has a far more normal origin story.

Images of a ‘giant rat’ from Mexico City’s sewer system quickly went viral on social media.

In what many are calling another sign of the apocalypse brought to us by the year 2020, Mexico City cleanup crews discovered what looked like a monster drowned rat while dredging the sewers. The giant-size “rodent” was part of 22 tons of litter the workers had removed from the city’s drainage tunnels following heavy rains, according to the Border Report.

During the cleanup process, the workers reportedly turned a corner and encountered what they described as a “giant rat,” which sat hunched over and sported incredibly realistic fur. As it turns out, the ’giant rat’ was actually a Halloween prop that had been washed out of its warehouse by the storm. The decoration somehow ended up in the labyrinthine network of sewer tunnels, where it sat undiscovered for years — until now.

Apparently, the ‘giant rat’ was a homemade Halloween decoration that went missing after a rainstorm.

Since the ‘rodents’ discovery, a woman named Evelin López has come forward to claim the rat, which she reportedly created from scratch for Halloween. Lopez said it had gone missing “years ago” during a torrential downpour, and no one could help her retrieve it.

Fortunately, the monster rat appears to be in safe hands — as a now-viral video shows it being hosed off on the street by sewer workers after being rescued from its subterranean lair. Witnesses told El universal that they marveled at the “beast’s” naturalistic appearance, and as can be expected many admitted that they’d of gone running in fear if they had seen it on the street.

The rat’s rightful owner said she has no idea what to do with her “Princess Bride”-evoking prop. Social-media pundits suggest recycling the beast for this year’s Halloween festivities — provided they hose it off a few more times first.

Unfortunately, the rat was discovered only because crews cleaned up debris after a woman drowned following torrential rains.

The ‘giant rat’ / Halloween prop was discovered to have caused a flood which drowned a 54-year-old woman trapped inside her apartment. The woman that died was named in local media reports as Doña Mari. She was 54 and drowned in her home after the water flooded into her residence.

The water caused furniture to move and block the door trapping her inside and drowning her. Her body was discovered by a neighbor, who went looking for her after realizing she wasn’t with other residents who had congregated outside after leaving their homes due to the flooding.

Authorities cleaned the drainage system in the area in hopes of reducing the flooding, and that is when they found the giant fake rat.

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Peeing On Escalators: The Curiously Gross Case Of Mexico City’s Subway System

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Peeing On Escalators: The Curiously Gross Case Of Mexico City’s Subway System

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Mexico City subway users often complain about malfunctioning escalators that keep breaking down continually. In any given CDMX metro station, you’ll find that escalators are out of order more often than they are functioning. And city officials have offered an explanation that shocked no one—people are peeing on them so much that escalators are corroding. Yup, you read that right.

Of the system’s 467 escalators, 22 are out of service on any given day.

Travelers on the Mexico City subway system often blame authorities for broken-down escalators at subway stops, but Metro officials have another explanation. Somehow, urine is penetrating and corroding the drive wheels and mechanisms of the escalators that carry riders up from underground stations.

One-quarter of escalator breakdowns on the Mexico City Metro are caused by people urinating on them, according to authorities.

The deputy manager of mechanical installations, Fermín Rafael Ramírez Alonso, said that Tacubaya and Chabacano are among the most affected stations.

Maybe—just maybe— stop peeing on escalators?

Ramírez urged users not to urinate on escalators or other Metro installations, because of the damage it causes. “When we open up escalators for maintenance, there is always urine,” Ramírez said.

But another issue is that there are no public bathroom facilities available.

Most stations have no public bathroom facilities, a fact Twitter users were quick to point out, noting there are not even any pay toilets. “More than this being an issue about ethics or manners, I think that this is happening because of a lack of free and accesible bathrooms in the city,” tweeted one user.

Ramirez also said that other causes for breakdowns include excessively heavy loads, running on the stairs, imbalance on the stairs and objects falling between them.

“There are even users who cut the stairs with knives or other sharp objects, of which we have examples in Tacubaya,” he said, surprising absolutely not one of Mexico City’s users. Many metro users know that vendors even sell knives on subway carriages, as was noted by this tweet.

The biggest problem, subway authorities admit, is that many escalators are old, or have been damaged by rough use.

The city plans to replace about 55 escalators over the next two years. With over 1.6bn rides per year, the Mexico City subway is considered the eighth largest in the world by some measures, and one of the cheapest: a 25¢ ticket will get you a single ride to any destination on the 140-mile (226km) system. Just remember to use the bathroom before setting out.

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