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This New Video Game Was Inspired By the Sci-Fi Writings of Philip K. Dick

Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (1990), and A Scanner Darkly (2006) are just a few big screen adaptations of the science fiction works of Philip K. Dick. Now, the tones and themes explored by the late author are serving to inspire in another medium: video games.

As reported by Hyperallergic, the creators of Californium—which was released on Steam last month—describe their game as a "love letter to Philip K. Dick." Neither Dick himself nor specific characters of his are mentioned by name, but players will find nods to the writer's work hidden around every corner.

Californium (for Mac and PC) jumps between several different realities—including 1960s-era Berkeley, California and a robot-ruled Mars of the future—in the style of his multiworld sci-fi novel VALIS. Its main character, a washed-up writer with a mind worn by years of drug and alcohol abuse, has been viewed as a possible parallel to the real-life author.

Video games and films aren't the only place where Dick's influence can still be seen today. A television series based on his 1962 novel The Man in the High Castle is currently being produced by Amazon, and a sequel to the 1982 classic Blade Runner (based on 1968's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) is currently in the works.

The gameplay of Californium lasts just a little over two hours, and if nothing else, the retrofuturistic visuals are worth checking out. You can download the game from Steam and watch the trailer above.

Images courtesy of Arte Creative.

[h/t Hyperallergic]

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The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, HighSpeedInternet.com took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit HighSpeedInternet.com.

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site HowMuch.net created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and Cable.co.uk, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view HowMuch.net’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

[h/t Thrillist]

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