2 items from 2013
Displaying incandescent theorizing yet lurching storytelling, The Lottery of Birth parses modern societies in a profound, haphazard manner. Watching it is like attending an erudite dinner—the conversation isn't preordained, but it's insightful nevertheless. A docu-essay, the film's mission is to reveal biases we unknowingly adopt due to our having been raised in a society. The film's argument is presented via narration and talking-head interviews with intellectuals from the realms of politics and cognitive science (notably, Daniel Dennett and Howard Zinn), which are often accompanied with generic stock footage or, curiously, bizarre shots of subway escalators. While the visuals are mostly insignificant—someone just reading the script wouldn't miss much—the film »
Despite its relatively lackluster title, The Swapper, developed by Facepalm Games, is more than just a game, it is an experience that questions the very existence of the human soul. In a world where a device, that allows humans to clone themselves and swap between bodies, is created, what is it that makes us who we truly are?
The Swapper is a very clever puzzle platformer that creates an ambiance of complete desolation. The player, an unnamed character, is dropped onto the Space Station Theseus with no clear goal or direction. In order to progress into the deeper parts of the station, you must complete puzzles and collect orbs. While it’s not necessary to collect every orb to progress through certain parts, in order to complete the game all puzzles need to be completed.
The further into the station that the player goes, the more clues they’ll find about what truly happened. »
- Nick Shively
2 items from 2013
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