1089 – Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (2018 video game)

timespace coordinates: set near Göteborg, Sweden, after the outbreak of the deadly “Red Plague” and  a global nuclear war

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a turn-based tactical role-playing video game (that combines the turn-based combat of XCOM with real-time stealth and exploration) developed by Swedish studio The Bearded Ladies and published by Funcom. Based on the tabletop role-playing game Mutant Year Zero, the game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in December 2018. A Nintendo Switch version of the game will be releasing on June 25, 2019. (wiki)

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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (MINIMUM): Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system / OS: Windows 7 64 Bit/ Windows 8 64 Bit/ Windows 10 64 Bit / Processor: Intel Core i5-760 / AMD Phenom II X4 965 / Memory: 6 GB RAM / Graphics: NVidia GTX 580 / AMD Radeon HD 7870 / DirectX: Version 11 / Storage: 8 GB available space


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1034 – Frostpunk (2018 city-building / survival game)

timespace coordinates: The game is set in an alternate 1886 where the eruptions of Krakatoa and Mount Tambora, the dimming of the Sun, and other unknown factors caused a worldwide volcanic winter. This in turn led to widespread crop failure and the death of millions. This event roughly lines up with the real world 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, a volcanic event that led to global cooling. In response to this, several installations called “generators” were built by the British authorities in the coal-rich North, designed to be city centers in the event that dropping temperatures force mass migration from the south. In all scenarios, the player is the leader of a city around a generator, and will have to manage resources to ensure the city’s survival. (wiki)

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929 – FAR: Lone Sails (2018 video game)

timespace coordinates: post-apocalyptic dried-out oceancppo6qiusaucnimFAR: Lone Sails is an exploration adventure video game developed by the Swiss development company Okomotive. The game released on Microsoft Windows and OS X on 17 May 2018, with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions in development. (wiki)

FAR: Lone Sails is a vehicle adventure game. In a unique vehicle you travel across a dried-out ocean following the tracks of a once thriving civilization. Through an array of roadblocks and through hazardous weather you need to keep your vessel going. Where will this journey take you? Are you the last of your kind? (steam)


SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (MINIMUM): OS: Windows 7+ (64-bit OS required) / Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz, AMD FX 8120 @ 3.1 GHz / Memory: 4 GB RAM / Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 460 / 650m, AMD Radeon HD6570 / DirectX: Version 11 / Storage: 3 GB available space / Additional Notes: Not recommended for Intel HD Graphics cards.

905 – Under the Silver Lake (2018)

timespace coordinates: 2011 Los Angelessilver lake poster (2)Under the Silver Lake is a 2018 American neo-noir mystery film written, produced and directed by David Robert Mitchell. Set in Los Angeles, it stars Andrew Garfield as a young man who sets out on a quest to investigate the sudden disappearance of his neighbour (Riley Keough), only to stumble upon an elusive and dangerous large-scale conspiracy.

Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out gave the film a perfect five rating, calling it “Hypnotic, spiraling and deliriously high” and stating “the ambition of Under the Silver Lake is worth cherishing. It will either evaporate into nothingness or cohere into something you’ll want to hug for being so wonderfully weird.” Eric Kohn of IndieWire gave a positive review, calling it “a bizarre and outrageous drama grounded in the consistency of Garfield’s astonishment at every turn. […] Aided by cinematographer Mike Gioloukas’ sunny visuals and a searching Disasterpiece score, the movie becomes a bittersweet ode to wanting answers from an indifferent world overwhelmed by superficial distractions. The homage can be irritating and some of the transitions work better than others across an unwieldy running time — but even the flaws speak to the movie’s beguiling raison d’être. It’s fascinating to watch Mitchell grasp for a bigger picture with the wild ambition of his scruffy protagonist.” 

Owen Gleiberman of Variety gave a positive review, calling it “a down-the-rabbit-hole movie, at once gripping and baffling, fueled by erotic passion and dread but also by the code-fixated opacity of conspiracy theory. The movie is impeccably shot and staged, with an insanely lush soundtrack that’s like Bernard Herrmann-meets-Angelo-Badalamenti-on-opioids. When it’s over, though, you feel like you’ve seen a meta-mystery made by someone who spent too much time scrawling notes in the margins of his frayed copy of Infinite Jest. (wiki)

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