VIRTUAL REALITY ISN’T THE ANSWER TO IMMERSION

Virtual reality is, according to its fiercest proponents, the pinnacle of immersive experience. Put on the headset, block out the surroundings, and all of a sudden, just like EA Sports, you’re in the game. By blocking out your view of all the cables and screen...

OUTERMODE’S GAMES OF THE YEAR 2017

Yes, technically it's now 2018 and this is late, but we here at Outermode have long made our (meager) living questioning societal, economic, and legal norms, so why stop with the temporal? The point is, here are the games (and sometimes game-adjacent-things...

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS DESTINY 2 LASER TAG

For one glorious weekend, Destiny 2 turned into the world’s most popular laser tag simulator. Except it wasn’t meant to. This was all the fault of some ropy playtesting of the game’s first expansion, Curse of Osiris, which introduces a host of new weapons t...

THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR EMOJI KEYBOARD

What are your most frequently used emoji? Presently, mine are the two pink love hearts, the fully bawling face, the awkward grimacing face, and the saxophone. In theory, people can tell a lot about you from the images that appear in this tab. From mine you cou...

RAINBOW SIX AND THE UNCANNY SIEGE

The German origin of uncanny is unheimlich, literally 'un-home-like'. The thin psychological walls between house and home, inert and inhuman shell and beloved memory palace, are crossed - trespassed - easily. A mirror image of the home, a carbon copy, would st...

CUPHEAD IS THAT SNOBBY GAMER WE ALL HATE

Ask anyone who’s played Cuphead, the cartoonish new 2D shooter from Studio MDHR, and they’ll probably tell you that it’s a fiendishly difficult game. But ask anyone who enjoys the game and they’ll likely throw in a load of caveats. It’s hard but fair, they mig...

OUTERCAST #38: DESTINY 2 & THE BALLSACK MOLE PEOPLE

After a long summer hiatus, we're back to dissect Destiny 2, rant about politics and whisper about Conan: Exiles — turns out Jake is a snake god. Of course it wouldn't be Outercast without Jake trying to convince Julian to play Ark: Survival Evolved, so that d...

TACOMA IS IMMERSIVE THEATER FOR COMPLETIONISTS

Have you heard of Punchdrunk? They're a British touring theater company. Punchdrunk shows are completely immersive theater: you don a mask, put on a cool cape, and wander round a lavishly detailed, multi-room space, where all kinds of weird and wonderful scene...

CAN GAMES TEACH YOU TO CODE?

At not-quite-thirty I decided to get my mid-life crisis started good and early. What am I doing? What direction am I taking? Oh sweet Marduk why do I own so many toy soldiers? After uncurling from my foetal position in the shower, I decided that what was lacki...

OUTERCAST #37: SPLATOON IS A PAINTBALL GAME

Shrimp-human hybrids @julianfeeld, @snakesiegel and @dompreston discuss the Splatoon 2's hired-by-bears-to-steal-salmon-eggs debacle, Julian failing his behind-the-wheel driver's license, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds' relationship to male intimacy, the new ca...

OUTERCAST #36: DOOMFIST GOES TO WIMBLEDON

Cucumber sandwiches @dompreston and @olliefox kick off the first ever British Edition of the Outercast with talk of Wimbledon, Overwatch's new character Doomfist, Life is Strange 2, who'll take ice cream and who'll settle for cake in Splatoon 2, whether Destin...

WARHAMMER 40,000 IS PREDICTING THE PRESENT

Tabletop toy soldier game Warhammer 40,000 is the apogee of the '80s. It was born in the '80s, forged in the '80s, is both the paradigm and ultimate parody of the '80s. It is a fictional setting defined by punk rock and totalitarianism, bloodless tradition pit...