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“Fotonica” lets you run like heaven

“Fotonica” lets you run like heaven   (photo)

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There was a moment in the early ’90s when polygonal rendering was just starting to eke out into the world and the games that experimented with it looked oddly angular and sharp. Slowly, Max Headroom’s multitudinous bastard children showed up in games like “Virtua Fighter” and “Tobal No. 1.” Hair, noses, feet… all of those body parts looked so pointy that they could’ve punctured through the screen.

Fotonica” lives in that moment. Developed by the Milan-based Santa Ragione studio, the indie game uses vector-based graphics that recall everything from “Asteroids” to the “Star Wars” arcade as one ingredient in its retro recipe. But, “Fotonica” mixes them with the 3D polygons that laid the foundations for the graphical pseudo-realism that many of today’s games chase as their holy grail. Its appeal isn’t just wrapped up in looks, though. “Fotonica” sports a simple, one-button control scheme where you can use press down any key to run and let it go to accelerate. With that, you’re propelled through a hallucinatory cyberscape where you’re tasked with running through five levels as fast as you can. Each timed level has tiers, which makes the jumping tricky but enjoyable when you nail it. You’re taking a leap of faith with each jump and might find yourself holding your breath as you soar through the digital ether.

FOTONICA from Santa Ragione on Vimeo.

Santa Ragione‘s just made up of two people–Pietro Righi Riva and Nicolò Tedeschi–but they’ve already managed to crank out a handful of games in the last year or so. Riva and Tedeschi also founded the Lunarcade indie collective, which holds two annual events that showcase up-and-coming designers’ work to the masses and each other. You can see the pair’s passion for game design, especially as regards aesthetics and feel, in “Fotonica.” It’s a great game and, with a pay-what-you-will donation model, one that you should certainly pay for and download as soon as possible.

If you’ve played “Fotonica,” what do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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