NRx: The Call

The NRx video game linked a while back has now gone explicitly Neocameralist. The most infernal pulp-zones of popular culture appear to be going seriously off-script, with the counter-Cathedral delivered directly through your X-Box. (‘Atlas’ seems more than a little ideologically-freighted, no?)

Spacey’s post-democratic harsh realism I get, Atlas commercialized ‘security’ I get, but I’ve no idea at all what this is about (although it looks suitably menacing):


July 31, 2014admin 14 Comments »
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  • Chris B Says:

    That’s the Friendly AI.


    Posted on July 31st, 2014 at 3:06 pm Reply | Quote
  • Postnietzschean Says:

    > The most infernal pulp-zones of popular culture appear to be going seriously off-script

    In large bookshops they often put all the ‘weirdo’ (read: low status) genres together – science fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, etc. IMO these are the most interesting, entertaining and experimental genres.

    My theory is that most traditionally high-status art forms (poetry, theatre, literary fiction) have become cathedralised, and hence boring and preachy. Especially when they’re state-funded.

    I’m not a reverse culture snob – the weirdo genres have very variable quality. I enjoy good science fiction, and I enjoy good literature, but the intersection of the two is very small. Cinema and music seem like the only sources of canon-worthy 20th century western art – they’re both popular and not entirely cathedralised.


    R. Reply:

    I enjoy good science fiction, and I enjoy good literature, but the intersection of the two is very small.

    Come on.

    There’s at least a dozen decent sf books every year, and a couple of good ones too.


    Posted on July 31st, 2014 at 3:09 pm Reply | Quote
  • Kgaard Says:

    This is awesome. It’s Turchin meets Hoppe. Computer geeks — the most despised sub-species of humanity — are becoming the new overlords, analogous to desert Arabs riding in to pillage the towns.

    This trailer is an artistic vision of what the online world will be, almost by definition: neocameral. Everything in the tech world has to actually function, or it’s utterly useless. And that functionality can only come about via a precise chain of command.

    I’ve been thinking that computer games would lead us to the next art form (probably some sort of VR subset) … and with this trailer I’d have to say we have arrived. What is this trailer if not art? It contains both technical and philosophical new-ness, which would have to be viewed as basic prerequisites for true art. It’s a little weak on emotional engagement, though. But then what do you expect from bloodthirsty desert marauders (i.e. computer geeks)?


    Posted on July 31st, 2014 at 4:04 pm Reply | Quote
  • Puzzle Privateer (@PuzzlePrivateer) Says:

    Not sure if I’m embedding this correctly, but here’s more of what a transhuman post-singularity world would look like rather than any utopia.


    Puzzle Privateer (@PuzzlePrivateer) Reply:

    ok that didn’t’ work, try this link


    Stirner (@heresiologist) Reply:

    EVE Online is more interesting than many other online games, because it seems to have evolved a game culture beyond the simple in-game mechanics. This makes it possible to conduct diplomacy, spying, strategy, leadership, propaganda, etc. in “real” terms within the context of the game.

    The Art of War in EVE Online:

    EVE Online seems to be an ersatz Enders Game style simulator. If I was the Atlas Corporation, the top tier players of EVE-style games would seem to be an obvious target for recruitment for operating swarms of robotic drones in the real world.


    Thales Reply:

    In the future, there shall be two kinds of men: those operating swarms of robotic drones in the real world and those that are dead.

    Posted on July 31st, 2014 at 4:22 pm Reply | Quote
  • NRx: The Call | Reaction Times Says:

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    Posted on July 31st, 2014 at 6:34 pm Reply | Quote
  • Cledun Says:

    The image of the Cyborg is probably Advanced War’s answer to the “Nazi Zombies” mode of previous games


    bbq beast Reply:

    Yes. Nothing meaningful. It’s the casual online partymode.


    Posted on July 31st, 2014 at 7:36 pm Reply | Quote
  • northanger Says:

    That would be Vine. Finally got that Goëtia deck off my old pc.


    Posted on August 1st, 2014 at 7:54 am Reply | Quote
  • Anomaly UK Says:

    Isn’t it most likely this is just a blip? Video games are economically a major media form, but are only beginning to be culturally recognised as such, and are therefore not subject to elite oversight. In ten years, will the industry will be as on-message as Hollywood? (which is to say, not 100%, but overwhelmingly).


    spandrell Reply:

    Oh, it’s getting there fast. Plenty of gays and interchangeable man/woman characters lately. Also there’s a growing industry of female targeted games, mostly lame romantic adventures.


    Posted on August 3rd, 2014 at 3:31 pm Reply | Quote

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