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Synesthesia and vibrators: a history of innovation from Rez

There’s a moment in the demo of Rez’s PlayStation VR inception (retitled as Rez Infinite) where I accidentally transgressed my professional demeanor and said “holy shit.” Not a lone “holy shit this is kinda cool,” as I glanced around the technicolored space of Area 02. Nor a woozy “holy shit I feel nauseous,” as I dizzyingly locked onto rockets flying towards me. But an awe-inspiring “holy shit, this is VR.” VR at its most realized. Rez is VR. And honestly, it kinda always has been. Game designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s Rez was always on the cutting edge of not just experiencing…

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Rez Infinite gives a 2001 music shooter another shot at entrancing you

Despite being a child of ’90s clubbing and music television, the 2001 rail shooter Rez didn’t quite resonate with its majority audience as its visionary creators had hoped it would. A small niche of players got it—no, they really got it—but it didn’t have the impact of, say, a killer DJ set sending ripples across the dance floor. And make no mistake: that is what director Jun Kobayashi and producer Tetsuya Mizuguchi were hoping for. Kobayashi has explained that the title Rez is a shortened form of “resolute,” which may be a Japanese-English misappropriation, but the important part is that he understands…

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Sounds like the creator of REZ wants to make a free-to-play game

Tetsuya Mizuguchi, worshipped by some for creating the rave-y, transcendent, perception-melding Rez, has dropped some big hints about his next project in the latest issue of Edge. And it’s sounding surprisingly social. Consider the evidence:  One, his next game will continue the lineage of Rez and Lumines and Child Of Eden. So far, so great. Two, he’s currently helping out with some Japanese social games, but he plans to get back to his own new game in 2014 or 2015. Also, he says he’s looking at mobile games, and we’re of course down with that. Many mobile games are not…