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Cosmology of Kyoto

Developer: Soft Edge Publisher: Yano Electric
1993
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#32 for 1993
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1995 Soft Edge Yano Electric  
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1996 Soft Edge Yano Electric  
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The original "survival horror"
Cosmology of Kyoto is, perhaps, best known today for the fact that it's only video game to ever receive the official stamp of approval from perennial curmudgeon Roger Ebert. However, it's not hard to see why he was keen on this PC odditorium; on the surface, this is little more than a slab of interactive edutainment software meant to engage erstwhile disinterested schoolchildren in the history and folklore of feudal Japan. But never before or since have I encountered a video game that can drive home with such apalling clarity just how abject, violent, class discrepant, inhumane, and unremittingly horrifying life was for those forced to eke out a living in this period of time. On top of that, the flat 256 color palette, perpetual black horizons, claustrophobic straight-angled architecture, and grotesque character designs come together to form a uniquely unsettling aesthetic. The closest comparisons I can muster are the films Onibaba [鬼婆] & Sansho the Bailiff [山椒大夫]. In particular, a scene involving a prepubescent street urchin and coach driver literally made my jaw drop, and the final tour of Buddhist hell with its sundry tortures culminating in the player's deliverance by of 10th century Pure Land Buddhist saint Kūya reciting the Nembutsu is one of the most powerful sequences in video game history. Rarely have I been more grateful for living in a post-penecillin age than after playing this Windows 95 fever dream.
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themariofan Cosmology of Kyoto 2024-06-07T09:56:33Z
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21stCenturyDevil Cosmology of Kyoto 2024-05-27T12:28:50Z
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vladkick Cosmology of Kyoto 2024-05-18T01:54:27Z
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ranzac Cosmology of Kyoto 2024-05-09T00:59:55Z
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Romario3210 Cosmology of Kyoto 2024-05-06T15:18:57Z
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Nikorasu Cosmology of Kyoto 2024-04-12T03:12:38Z
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jydah Cosmology of Kyoto 2024-04-11T19:01:37Z
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accolade Cosmology of Kyoto 2024-04-02T12:45:37Z
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leche Cosmology of Kyoto 2024-03-16T02:26:23Z
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  • Revolution666 2023-04-01 05:30:42.528457+00
    That genre list wtf
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  • okayfrog 2023-04-11 22:31:09.351503+00
    this game sounds pretty tight
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  • renegadexavier06 2023-04-27 15:20:14.131404+00
    The only video game Roger Ebert ever enjoyed. [2]
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  • Gayvyn 2023-05-25 04:17:17.678714+00
    Game is actually really scary
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  • longestseason 2023-10-03 01:24:21.881052+00
    https://youtu.be/nyNu15DkZTQ?si=XAdSkWlKhX6bLt7Y

    check this out ^^^
    this is tripitaka, a game that was developed by the same team behind cosmology of kyoto. this game was considered lost media until a couple of weeks ago a japanese user uploaded a 1 hour gameplay video on youtube. there isn't a lot of info about this game so i doubt it's going to get its own page on glitchwave but this is a pretty cool find nonetheless
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    • longestseason 2023-10-03 01:26:28.13439+00
      this twitter thread is how i found out about it
    • Phoenicorn 2023-10-19 17:18:34.525409+00
      Cool stuff, thanks!
      Tripitaka [玄奘]
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  • MuffinsFan666 2024-05-22 13:13:01.599051+00
    Incredibly interesting game
    I wish more odd games like this got more attention here, games that are just weird artistic showcases or timecapsules of a certain era
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