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Have you ever had a family member that loves their childhood and just won’t shut up about it? Like the uncle that peaked in high school that could go on for days about his old football career, or your mom who just keeps telling stories of what a rebel she was way back when but no matter what it is they talk about you start to hate it? Well sadly the passage of time affects us all and eventually, our generation becomes those people and it seems like the current shtick is 90’s video games. Don’t get me wrong, I totally appreciate that generation for giving us some amazing storytelling and paving the way for so many amazing games, the Monkey Island games, the Doom series, this was the generation where console gaming hit its stride so I will forever be eternally grateful. What you have to admit though is…

Hypnospace Outlaw is a really weird game in the sense that it perfectly captures what the Internet was like back in 1999 in every weird and nostalgic way. Sure the plot is thin and the game is rather short, but the content that exists reminds me so much of the amount of fun cyberspace was back then. In Hypnospace Outlaw you’re an enforcer for some kind of virtual reality dream Internet system that allows users to surf the net while asleep. The entire story of the game is irrelevant though, because ultimately the meat and potatoes is unlocking the various “zones” which remind me ever so much of the days where AOL had themed websites within these categories. I don’t remember the specifics, because I never used AOL a ton but I do remember using it on other computers and other software that tried to emulate that “zoning” or “themed”…

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