The Most Important Vaporwave Aesthetic/Outrun/Retro video games


Wow, this video took a long time to make. I’m not sure how many hours I’ve spent but the editing alone was at least 30.
In this video i dissect and talk about Vaporwave/Outrun styles in video games and which games have inspired the retro aesthetic movement. I mainly focused on Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon and Hotline Miami, but also Trials of the Blood Dragon and outdrive. Shout out to my boys and girls for the amazing response on my vids and getting me across that 300 sub milestone, love you all!

Music used in this vid:
Intro: Yung bae – Lonely Feeling
00:12 Home – Before The Night
00:22 Kavinsky – Odd Look
00:25 dive – SPOOK DA PLUG
01:00 Home – Before The Night
02:26 Aquatic Ambience – Donkey Kong Country Soundtrack
02:47 Home – Were Finally Landing
03:10 M.O.O.N – Hydrogen
03:19 Jasper Byrne – Miami
03:32 Home – Before The Night
05:23 Home – Were Finally Landing
06:38 Polygon Dream – Song of Storms
07:32 Eva – 失望した
08:21 Home – Before The Night
08:57 Ben Briggs – Diddy Kong Racing
09:26 Home – Before The Night
10:02 Home – Were Finally Landing
10:39 Otis McDonald – Truckee
11:09 Home – If I’m Wrong
Outro: Otis McDonald – Rest

A lot of the tunes are from RoyaltyFreePlanet
here on youtube, make sure to check their channel if you are looking for copyright free synthwave tunes for your vids.


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  1. Heyp, late to the party, but … what does this video title mean? My mind goes "Yea, this title does not compute at all", here.

    What confuses me, I think, is the combination of a generalized visual aesthetics and a genre of electronic music in context of retro video games; with an EXPLICIT mention of "outrun" (the style of electronic music), yet still the complete and total EXCLUSION of "Out Run" (the video game) that the entire genre derives it's name from.

    Doing a quick wikipedia search for background information, we get the following tidbits of information:

    1. "Vaporwave" is a subgenre of electronic music, which extends to a somewhat defineable visual format, as much as it does to a type of music.

    2. "Synthwave" (also called outrun, retrowave, futuresynth) is a genre of electronic music influenced by 1980s film soundtracks and video games.

    3. The subgenre of "synthwave" named "outrun", is derived from the 1986 driving arcade game "Out Run", which was/is known for its soundtrack.

    So, in summary: within the context of the "outrun" subgenre and retro video games, how did you NOT mention "Out Run" (the arcade game) at all?

  2. Rip your child hood, I’m 23 and I played the shit out of Vice City when It came out. My older brother got it and I would play it any time he wasn’t home.

  3. Outrun is more like a subgenre of synthwave nowdays. There is Dark Synth, Summer Synth, Space Synth and so on.

  4. That fact that there is no mention of Broken Reality is genuinely upsetting. It is literally "the vaporwave game"

  5. Hotline Miami probably is the best game I have ever played. The gameplay is fun and challenging, the artstyle is gorgeous, the synthwave music (especially the dark synth in HM2) is fantastic and keeps you motivated, the characters and their different reasons for their actions are interesting and the story is just incredible if you're willing to spend a little time figuring out what the hell actually happened and how everything fits together in those two games.

  6. Just to say it to the last:
    Broken Reality.
    Its a good game, the Best of them maybe. Only problem is, if you have a potato with a monitor and a keyboard, it Will suck the FPS down at the last stage, and it Will be very annoying, and you can't enter in portals. Unless you drop the FPS to 144 at the manual

  7. Well i'm late to this video but i need to talk about other game with a very Vaporwave style (at least in presentation) and is one of the most real games i ever played, Hypnospace Outlaw, is a detective/graphic adventure simulation of a 90's computer but this thing is loaded when you are dreaming, the journey happen in a version of the internet for that computer where you can read the other people blogs and all of that feels so real.

  8. ++++++++U forgot++++++++
    Hyper Light Drifter
    Neon Drive
    Super Night Riders

    …and upcoming gems such as
    Tales of the Neon Sea
    Night Runners
    Drift Stage
    Power Drive 2000
    Electro Ride

    +++++You can thank me later++++


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