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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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