This game is pretty much Vaporwave: the Game right?

#1 Posted by anarchyzombie9 (615 posts) -

In a good way, of course.

#2 Posted by GERALTITUDE (3535 posts) -

You gotta break that down for me duder.

#3 Posted by EveretteScott (1531 posts) -

Oh god, another new word to describe things?

#4 Posted by cruxking (204 posts) -

um, no. Because i bought it, from retail, and then played it. we may have two different ideas of what vaporware is.

#5 Posted by GERALTITUDE (3535 posts) -

May have meant Vaporware, but, yeah... needs explication.

#6 Posted by BisonHero (7036 posts) -

If you search for vaporwave on Youtube, you find some fucking weird music.

#7 Posted by byterunner (319 posts) -

@GERALTITUDE: The term vaporware is for hardware or software that is announced to the general population and than is neither released or officially cancelled. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaporware

I dunno much about this game so I don't know if the term vaporware works with this game

#8 Posted by Andorski (5365 posts) -

@byterunner said:

@GERALTITUDE: The term vaporware is for hardware or software that is announced to the general population and than is neither released or officially cancelled. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaporware

I dunno much about this game so I don't know if the term vaporware works with this game

Considering that the game can be bought -- like, right at this very moment -- it's not vaporware. I think OP has the definition of the word "vaporware" confused with something else.

#9 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -

Vaporwave: The Game, huh...

#10 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

This is actually a prequel to Vaporwave: The Game.

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#11 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7099 posts) -

Well it's been out for, like, a month, so no it's not.

#12 Posted by BisonHero (7036 posts) -

@PeasantAbuse said:

This is actually a prequel to Vaporwave: The Game.

Well now the ending makes way more sense.

...Oh wait, no it doesn't.

#13 Posted by anarchyzombie9 (615 posts) -

Okay, I worried that the terms Vaporwave and Vaporware would get mixed up.

Vaporwave is a new genre/fad of Electronic music that shares a lot of similarities with the aesthetics in this game and I'm wondering if it's just coincidental or if the similarities were intentional.

#14 Edited by MikkaQ (10344 posts) -

Vaporwave, eh?

I think they've officially ran out of names for music genres. It's like IPv4 though, we just need to switch to the new standard and we'll be fine.

#15 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4488 posts) -

What?

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#16 Posted by CornBREDX (5990 posts) -

If you were worried they would get mixed up maybe you should have elaborated in your OP more as to what you mean and what you are talking about. 
 
Anywho, I almost thought you meant vaporware when reading the title, then thought "no hes not saying that" so then I thought maybe this is a music thing as I am into experimental types of music so I can see that. 
 I don't know if it was intentional, as the guys that did the music in this all do indy games as far as I know and they all make interesting music for their stuff- so maybe. 
 
Just need to elaborate more on your topics when you create them, and all will be well. =)

#17 Edited by WaywardGamer (77 posts) -

Vaporwave isn't really a genre exactly! It's kind've a name that has been given to a few artists working under tons of pseudonyms that have been releasing music for free that all in some way worships and satirizes the death of a specific kind of old commercialism as well as the rise of a new internet commercialism. It's largely a mood style rather than a "song" style. This style actually has a lot in common with screw music, which was a 90's movement of hip-hop remixing that slowed down the tempo and well, chopped and screwed with it.

Tinymixtapes has been writing some cool shit about vaporwave this year. It's a scene that got started this year and is likely going to die by the time we hit 2013, especially since most of its pioneers are retiring their vaporwave monikers within the next two months for different projects.

http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/mediafired-the-pathway-through-whatever
http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/virtual-information-desk-contemporary-sapporo
http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/internet-club-vanishing-vision

In response to I can see exactly what he means, especially because of the artist's on the soundtrack. A favorite of mine, Sun Araw, contributes a few tracks too. A lot of those guys share some sounds with vaporwave, but they're exploring some different places. Whereas with vaporwave you get dudes running their cut tunes through youtube compressors to shred the music to hollow bits to make it sound like a bad 90's car commercial played on repeat during the break of your shitty VHS-taped copy of Heat, Sun Araw plays with these sounds from a perspective more akin to what Johnny Jewel does.

Vaporwave is still pretty awesome though, and attaching it to Hotline Miami seems strangely appropriate regardless.

#18 Posted by RollingZeppelin (2107 posts) -

@WaywardGamer said:

Vaporwave isn't really a genre exactly! It's kind've a name that has been given to a few artists working under tons of pseudonyms that have been releasing music for free that all in some way worships and satirizes the death of a specific kind of old commercialism as well as the rise of a new internet commercialism. It's largely a mood style rather than a "song" style. This style actually has a lot in common with screw music, which was a 90's movement of hip-hop remixing that slowed down the tempo and well, chopped and screwed with it.

Tinymixtapes has been writing some cool shit about vaporwave this year. It's a scene that got started this year and is likely going to die by the time we hit 2013, especially since most of its pioneers are retiring their vaporwave monikers within the next two months for different projects.

http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/mediafired-the-pathway-through-whatever
http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/virtual-information-desk-contemporary-sapporo
http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/internet-club-vanishing-vision

In response to I can see exactly what he means, especially because of the artist's on the soundtrack. A favorite of mine, Sun Araw, contributes a few tracks too. A lot of those guys share some sounds with vaporwave, but they're exploring some different places. Whereas with vaporwave you get dudes running their cut tunes through youtube compressors to shred the music to hollow bits to make it sound like a bad 90's car commercial played on repeat during the break of your shitty VHS-taped copy of Heat, Sun Araw plays with these sounds from a perspective more akin to what Johnny Jewel does.

Vaporwave is still pretty awesome though, and attaching it to Hotline Miami seems strangely appropriate regardless.

Cool! I like it, it definitely seems like a unique style of electronic music.

I originally thought that the OP didn't know what vapourware was, and now I've learnt about this cool music style. A nice surprise.

#19 Edited by Brodehouse (10129 posts) -

I got into this electronic group Purity Ring, and then I discovered on Wikipedia that their genre is

Synthpop, dream pop, post-dubstep, witch house, indietronica, futurepop

I could not be happier with video game genre terminology at this point.

Also that Macintosh Plus song you posted whoever you are, it's awesome.

#20 Edited by WaywardGamer (77 posts) -

Hahahahah. I'm not surprised that Purity Ring is claimed by all those genres. Music has such a long history that new movements pop up every year and then die relatively quickly, only to be dug up by some music nerd who starts injecting said scene into their own tunes. It's fantastic, and fantastically confusing.

Hell, dubstep is already at post-dubstep because the genre itself has been abandoned almost entirely by its pioneer scene because of the sudden club sound it's become.

#21 Posted by cruxking (204 posts) -

oh, wave not ware, well then. It appears i wasn't paying much attention, let's hear it for reading comprehension!

#22 Posted by Fattony12000 (7564 posts) -
#23 Posted by falling_fast (2279 posts) -

you kids and yr stupid genre names

*goes and listens to some no-wave*

#24 Posted by jkz (4058 posts) -

@WaywardGamer said:

Hahahahah. I'm not surprised that Purity Ring is claimed by all those genres. Music has such a long history that new movements pop up every year and then die relatively quickly, only to be dug up by some music nerd who starts injecting said scene into their own tunes. It's fantastic, and fantastically confusing.

Hell, dubstep is already at post-dubstep because the genre itself has been abandoned almost entirely by its pioneer scene because of the sudden club sound it's become.

It really is hilarious the number of vague euro pop/electronic genres that have been dug back up by bloggers in search of something smart sounding to say. And yeah, it's always fun trying to narrow down the "definite" genres of any of the indie-music-blog darlings (like, say, Purity Ring).

With that said, Vaporwave seems an apt way to describe Hotline Miami's aesthetic, although any necessary depth on the subject was covered a few posts back. Purity Rings are pretty great too.

#25 Posted by Jumbs (272 posts) -

@damnable_fiend said:

you kids and yr stupid genre names

*goes and listens to some no-wave*

sorry what i couldnt hear you over my idm

#26 Posted by BBAlpert (1575 posts) -

@Fattony12000 said:

Your move.

#27 Posted by mtcantor (951 posts) -

@anarchyzombie9 said:

Okay, I worried that the terms Vaporwave and Vaporware would get mixed up.

Vaporwave is a new genre/fad of Electronic music that shares a lot of similarities with the aesthetics in this game and I'm wondering if it's just coincidental or if the similarities were intentional.

fucking kids.

#28 Posted by buft (3320 posts) -

Pretty much, though its very similar in style to a ton of games on the demo scene, though at this time i cant seem to find an example, specifically the backgrounds, music and the way text is displayed share similarities to some of the C64 demos you can see on youtube.

#29 Posted by Jimbo (9988 posts) -

It's not pop music, it's vaporwave!

#30 Edited by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1733 posts) -
And I'm tired of trying 
 
To sell you things that youuu aint buyinnnnnnnng
#31 Edited by I_smell (3925 posts) -

No thanks, I only listen to hipfusion and post-acoustichronicore. 
You probably haven't heard of it, it's a very popular scene right now.

#32 Posted by Little_Socrates (5715 posts) -

@WaywardGamer: Well, that first song sounds a lot like Daisuke by El Huervo, which is very definitely on the soundtrack. They're a bit less insane than the stuff Sun Araw put on the soundtrack (read: Deep Cover) but they're pretty similar to some of the stuff. The second song is similar to a few things.

I think that's ignoring the club beat electronica that absolutely makes that game and is totally antithetical to this, though.

#33 Posted by galamot (1 posts) -

I think People tend to confuse "Vaporwave" with "New Retro Wave". Vaporwave is more like a circa 90s cyberpunkish post industrial consumerism POP oriented movement, while new retro wave is purely 80s sci-fi & cool fashion nostalgia. New Retro wave started to become very popular with movies like "Drive", and games like Hot Line Miami and Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon have a lot of influence from that.

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