Take on the role of an operative in the Hex Gen network, a decentralized movement of hacktivists resisting the economic pillaging conducted by the unholy alliances of Big Tech, Big Military, and Big Finance. Think "The Windup Girl" meets "Neuromancer". Features: -Facial, vocal biometric capture devices -"Nohface" electronic face projector for thwarting surveillance/drones which cover almost every inch of city -Wireless internet -Darknets - all web activity is fully surveilled, you need stealth not only in meatspace but in cyberspace -More types of hacking - cryptography, DDoS, spoofing -Hunger: experience real economic destitution as you slowly die of starvation and are forced to beg, steal, or even kill for a piece of bread. -DIY: Upgrade your hemp trenchcoat with solar trim, syphon electricity from the private power grid, take apart old phones and radios to hack together an EMP gun, set up a hydroponic garden in your squatted flat so you don't have to kill for every meal.

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redrich
redrich Apr 7 2013, 2:33pm says:

When in doubt, raise a rebel fist! Also...does that binary translate to anything? Just wondering.

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SilverSpook
SilverSpook Apr 7 2013, 5:03pm replied:

Yes, but you only receive the translation if you pre-order today and buy the Terminus Machina downloadable content pack! :)

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Gear54
Gear54 Apr 8 2013, 1:37pm says:

Nice.

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TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden Apr 10 2013, 11:22pm says:

I'm getting really excited for this

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DickTracy
DickTracy Apr 11 2013, 4:44pm says:

Out of curiosity, what type of revolutionaries are these? Are they anarchists/communists of some stripe (I suppose they must be some sort of socialists)? I mean, you've been quite incisive with your satire so far, so it surprises me you there isn't a clear political lean here. I can't quite tell how HexGen is politically organized, other than being anti-capitalist.

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DickTracy
DickTracy Apr 11 2013, 4:58pm replied:

I just noticed the description. GAAAH

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SilverSpook
SilverSpook Apr 12 2013, 3:55am replied:

The lean of the organization itself is fairly ambiguous, with some basic "meta-principles" that sort of unify the members -- resistance being one of them, although what precisely is being resisted is uncertain. It is loosely modeled on the hacktivist group Anonymous, and consider that this group's motivation varies from "Teh Lulz" to "freedom of information" to attacking malicious corporate/banking entities to direct involvement in subverting governmental crackdowns and sometimes spiteful retaliation against groups "the collective" simply deems worthy of its distributed cyber-wrath. There are also factions which have little more than criminal intent (mass identity theft, etc.). I believe this lack of clear political "manifesto" is the nature of these new digitally-organized (or disorganized) decentralized organizations, and that notion is a cornerstone of Terminus Machina.

Occupy Wall Street also had some of these qualities to it. OWS was kind of a Rorschach Screen onto which people projected what they saw was wrong with the world -- be it capitalism, the corporate state, mass corruption, general inequality -- and unified, until the leg brokers tore the geographical party down (though the movement continues in other ways).

Incidentally, that's what I've been trying to achieve through the redesign of the logo: that it is a disparate peer-to-peer network of loosely connected nodes with no clear center -- except some general sense of outrage and call to action -- hence the binary fist in the middle.

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SilverSpook
SilverSpook Apr 12 2013, 4:22am replied:

I guess, generally, it's the cell-level feeling that the system, 'the machine' is breaking and that most of the population is taking the fall while a scant few are making it big in their golden lifeboats.

I suppose, within the canon of DX, where DX 1 was a kind of conspiratorial caper to uncover the shadow powers that rule the planet through technology, DX 2 was the conspirators warring in a more post-apoc setting over technologies, and DX 3 is a kind of rumination on the possibilities and fears that technology is transforming the human species, Terminus Machina is an examination of the way the very techno-political system with which the conspirators rule the world is doomed to self-destruction because of their own hubris, idiocy, and the inherent "fatal exceptions" built into the system itself (the global crisis of 08 just a small taste of that, IMHO). "It contains within it the seeds of its own destruction" as Marx' saying goes, although whether "IT" might involve more than just capitalism.

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DickTracy
DickTracy Apr 12 2013, 8:40pm says:

I see. So it's a OWS/Anonymous mashup that's really ****** off. Still, I'd like to see HexGen a bit more organized, but I suppose that could be part of the story.

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SilverSpook
SilverSpook Apr 12 2013, 10:31pm replied:

Part of the story is slated to involve that; the attempts to insinuate more hierarchical organization upon roiling mass of Hex Gen's digital collective. Similar to the Republican party hijacking the original Tea Party (very similar ideological origins to OWS) or the Democratic party / George Soros attempting to coopt OWS.

I can't reveal too much in that regard without teh spoilerizing :)

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DickTracy
DickTracy Apr 13 2013, 1:59am replied:

(Eh, as for the Tea Party having similar roots to OWS, I thought the Tea Party was started by Ron Paulites, as opposed to anarchists getting the ball rolling on OWS. So, ideologically, they're not really similar, unless you count dissatisfaction with the government.)

Heh, I'd be for HexGen going full Bolshevik, myself. :P

But maybe that could be a DX1-style pick-your-poison ending for this mod: where does Hex Gen's future lie?

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SilverSpook
SilverSpook Apr 13 2013, 2:47am replied:

Actually OWS was just an event organized by Canadian anti-consumerist / environmentalist group Ad Busters. Ron Paulites, coincidentally, did take part in OWS. (I had many in-depth discussions with Paul supporters at OWS sites.) The unifying issue was of course the corruption and disregard of the general population by the elite, which centered around the TARP bailout initially, wihch had 300-to-1 popular support against yet congress still forced through (with the help of then-Treasury Secretary ex-Goldman Sachs praetor Hank Paulson, with his threats of martial law and decreased funding for political campaigns). For the Paul supporters, the answer was to get rid of the fed and structures that enabled the bailouts and return to sound, non-fiat money. OWSers tended to focus on the separation of corporation and state and the brokenness of the formal mechanisms of power and corporate incentives.

I suppose you could say Occupy leaned liberal while the Tea Party leaned libertarian, but the Venn diagram of agreement was quite large. Both OWS and original Tea Parties were strongly against the bailouts. Both were strongly populist -- these were movements that vehemently rejected the "Left Right" puppet show masterminded by the ultra-rich (many of whom were bankers who profitted in the bailouts). They both attempted to remain of the people -- Ron Paul was against Big Money donors, and OWS was of course had its cornerstone as "money out of politics".

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SilverSpook
SilverSpook Apr 13 2013, 2:50am replied:

But I think it's an oversimplification to essentialize these types of movements with any single label, precisely because they reflect discontentment of a wide swath of the entire population. OWS strength was exactly that it did not single out any particular ideology or issue: it used the wide-net approach, letting the 99% -- that means literally almost everyone -- into the circle of the movement. Which had its benefits and drawbacks but the fact that some little watchdog's anti-capitalist event turned into a 3000-city global movement covered by pretty much every news organization and left a lasting impact on the planet whereas it could've just been another 100-person piece of performance art in front of the JP Morgan building is exactly because the movement wasn't rigidly defined.

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SilverSpook
SilverSpook Apr 13 2013, 3:12am replied:

Anyway, rant aside, yes Hex Gen does slant Bolshevik :)

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DickTracy
DickTracy Apr 13 2013, 3:34am replied:

Ha, I did oversimplify quite a bit...

I must say, it's pretty awesome how you can summon up these rants on a whim. I look forward to this mod a lot more now. I wish I could help in some concrete way, but I have no useful skills to offer, I'm afraid

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SilverSpook
SilverSpook Apr 13 2013, 3:48am replied:

There's always money! Haha, no don't feel obligated. Knowing there are people who appreciate and will likely get something out of playing this mod is support enough.

If you think you can record a few lines, I'm always in need of voice actors. I'm doing about four voices and I'm running out of accents to slaughter. :D

The beta for this mod will be coming out soon also, so testing will be a big help.

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WIP of a new logo for the Hex Gen hacktivist group.

More peer-2-peer, more decentralized, more revolutionist. Also more crypto-communist. XD

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