E46 Hardspace Shipbreaker
"Workers of space unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains."
Happy Halloween! Ben and Tao wallow in corporate servitude and debt until unionisation galvanises them to join the intergalactic picket line in zen, outer space deconstruction simulator, Hardspace Shipbreaker. In addition to the usual breakdown of the game’s story and gameplay mechanics, the duo get into gaming loops, micro objectives and puzzles, corporate megalomania and mandatory agreement to terms and conditions, the role of banter and companionship in games, dystopian retro futurism, and if gaming companies should use unsigned musicians for their soundtracks to foster more variety and cultivate new talent. Major story spoilers towards the end of the pod, but nothing detrimental to gameplay.
Content Warning: PEGI 12. Institutional oppression, bosses from hell, occasionally explicit cursing.
All music for Hardspace Shipbreaker was composed by Blackbird Interactive, specifically Jono Grant, Traz Dimji, Ben McCullough, Philip J Bennett
Hardspace Shipbreaker was released on 16 June 2020
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2001 A Space Odyssey
Men in Black - Farmer Edgar
Chuck Brodsky - Bill & Annie in full. Available for purchase here:
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