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Average User Score: 6.4Mar 29, 2019HSO is not only a throwback to a simpler time, but a callout to the dogpiling of the current outrage culture. You play as an enforcer, a userHSO is not only a throwback to a simpler time, but a callout to the dogpiling of the current outrage culture. You play as an enforcer, a user above others with the power to censor and ban others, not arbitrarily though, but through corporate guidelines. This really speaks to the current morality through corporate values that plagues the internet at the moment.
Behind the nostalgic looking pages, wrapped in simple digital music, low resolution gif’s and low-quality video, download managers, antivirus programs, popups and desktop pets is a world that you get to enforce your narrow and arbitrary corporate morality onto the people. And it has consequences. Things happen people revolt, others are dog piled, and even forced off the network.
The casino gulag is a real thing in this game as you have an actual Pavlovian stimulation combined with casino payout for enforcing the corporation’s morality. After you are done turning in friends and family for coin, you can turn the coins in for fabulous rewards like stickers, wallpapers, sound themes and music.
The absolute dystopia of HSO cannot be understated.
Just as you may decide to look the other way when people break said current corporate morality standards, rest assured your other enforcer peers will not relent, and again consequences will happen.
If you don’t feel anything but hypocritical for doing the job and how it evolves then you are too wrapped up in the coins, glitzy pages and snappy tunes to realize what you are doing.
There are genuine people behind these pages, just as the actual content was hand created by a person. There were no shortcuts you can see from the devlogs that this was all hand crafted. Sadly, it shows that when you lower the bar to being abusive people abuse. If anything, it just speaks to us as a society on how poorly we handle this interconnected world, and how polarized we make it.
It’s an engaging game if you don’t get distracted by the incredible polish of the in game UI/OS. It’s skinnalbe, themeable with aforementioned stickers, wall papers, a media player, hidden music downloads, piracy and even larceny! Just like the real thing! But the larger lesion is that getting your morals from profit driven corporations only makes you the stooge. I’d dare say there is a further unsaid religious lesson going on, but I’m sure that’s up to the individual.
10/10 simply for the world building, the UI and the aesthetic. Everything else is an added bonus.… Expand