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E33 Observer

E33 Observer

In this special, early Christmas Day release, Ben and Tao upload themselves into neural noir, cyber arthouse, psychological horror, Observer. As they detangle the convoluted murder mystery, Ben finds his inner Luddite, Tao imagines cyber-limbed, animal-spliced, Super Tao, and discussion veers into dangerous political territory, sordid subject matters, and extensive deliberation over dystopian futurism. Story spoilers late in the pod, but it’s a short game, so either play it first or don’t complain!   Content Warning: PEGI 17. This is seriously dark and very explicit. Sorry. Also, Tao’s cat miaows offensively in the background.   Clarifications:

  • Observer music is by composer Arkadiusz Reikowski

  • The main character is called Daniel Lazarski

  • The upcoming ‘cyber renaissance’ game from Greedfall devs, Spiders, is called Steelrising (apparently at Spiders, titles either rise or fall…)

  • The film Ben references on the theme of uploading consciousness is Transcendence, a 2014 American science fiction thriller directed by Wally Pfister and written by Jack Paglen.

  • Anon is a 2018 British-American science fiction thriller film written and directed by Andrew Niccol starring Clive Owen

Audio extracts:

  • 'Figment' by Simon Park (from Dawn of the Dead)

  • Multiple tracks from Observer OST by composer Arkadiusz Reikowski

  • Love Actually (2003) feat. Hugh Grant

  • Iron Harvest OST

  • The Coup - Pork and Beef

  • Saw (2004) - and its soundtrack by Charlie Clouser

  • So You Wanna Be A Boxer(Bugsy Malone Soundtrack) by Paul Williams (1976)

  • ANON (2018) feat. Clive Owen

  • Soylent Green (1973)

  • The Herbaliser - Very Mercenary

  • The Simpsons - ‘tis a fine barn

  • Fitter Happier by Radiohead

  • Paranoid Android by Radiohead

  • Elysium

  • A Touch of Frost by Ray Russell

  • Harrison Ford has lost his family (My Wife! My Family! Compilation) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-vjbuodBEU

  • Alien Isolation OST by Christian Henson

  • Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Steelrising trailer by Spiders

  • David Fincher’s Se7en (1995)

  • Transcendence (2014)

  • The Matrix (1999)

  • Halo 2 Mjolnir Mix by Marty O'Donnell feat. Steve Vai

  • HCS Raleigh 2021

  • Slade - Merry Christmas Everybody

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