E2 Hypnospace Outlaw
The podcast gets a name. Ben and Tao run through the ups and downs of moderating a 90s era cyber space in the sci-fi web simulator, Hypnospace Outlaw. Topics include the early internet, nostalgia, when puzzles become too puzzling, minigames, microtransactions and pseudo-currencies, music genres, and the limits of satire. Spoilers from half way through, clearly delimited.
Content Warning: PEGI 12. Bad language. Hacking, piracy and heavy censorship.
The original soundtrack is mostly by Jay Tholen. It’s available on Spotify.
The Witness is a game by Jonathan Blow (of Braid) and Thekla, Inc.
BWL allegedly means ‘bursting with laughter’
Halt and Catch Fire
Satellite Anthem by Barnaby’s Chair (aka Dan Warren)