- can we explore games as allegories for the world we live in?
- can there be a critical theory of games?
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
timespace coordinates: winterfest ’86 – Kodiak Valley Ski ResortHot Tub Time Machine is a 2010 American science fiction comedy film directed by Steve Pink and starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Crispin Glover, Lizzy Caplan and Chevy Chase. The film was released on March 26, 2010. (wiki)
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)
timespace coordinates: alternate 2025 New Orleans
timespace coordinates: Suburbia, just outside the City, sometime in 198X.
198X is an arcade epic. A coming-of-age story told through multiple games and genres, worlds and characters. Experience the thrill of shooting, driving, jumping, fighting and role-playing – combined with emotional, cinematic storytelling. This is a love letter to the golden age of arcade games – yet with a scope that was never possible in the actual 1980s.
This is 198X – where a new life is just 1 credit away.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (MINIMUM): OS: Windows 8 / Storage: 4 GB available space
As Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she’s the last one in her family left alive. Each story you find lets you experience the life of a new family member on the day of their death, with stories ranging from the distant past to the present day.
The gameplay and tone of the stories are as varied as the Finches themselves. The only constants are that each is played from a first-person perspective and that each story ends with that family member’s death.
Ultimately, it’s a game about what it feels like to be humbled and astonished by the vast and unknowable world around us.