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Out with same-day Linux support, Tonight We Riot is a game all about rising up with the masses to take down those greedy suits sucking up all the money and joy. Note: Key provided by GOG.com.

It's clearly political (although what isn't?) and leans fully into it. You won't be pulling any punches here, in fact you're using bricks and petrol bombs and all sorts to take down riot police firing great big crowd-control water cannons at you. Tonight We Riot is all about liberation! You control a group of people, and as long as one is left you can keep going. You take over buildings while amassing more into your group as you go.

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For the gameplay, the developer said it ended up a bit like classic Streets of Rage merged with something akin to Pikmin for the crowd control. Personally, I think it's definitely got a bit of a SoR vibe going on. Quite a bit more chaotic though giving how you're amassing people to blast through the state protecting billionaire ghouls.

Tonight We Riot actually starts off pretty tame considering the setting. However, it really doesn't take long for the big guns to start coming out. I mean that literally too, big guns will be aimed at you. There's more challenging mini-boss encounter types too. The first of which sees you take down a big mech unit that's jumping around trying to squash your crew. Then you get to the actual boss battles and it gets quite intense!

It's actually a surprising challenge. It's not just mindless violence, you need to have a method to the madness so that you can keep a decent amount of your people alive to unlock more weapons. Each level has a certain amount of people you need left to do so and so you might find you need to replay a few levels later on.

You don't need to care about the politics of it to enjoy it, since really it's just a fun game to blast through. It perfectly succeeds in what it sets out to do: allow you to blow off some steam and have some good old fashioned rioting fun.

What makes it quite interesting too, is that the developer Pixel Pushers are a worker-owned co-op studio.

You can pick up Tonight We Riot on GOG.com, itch.io and Steam.

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Liam Dawe 9 May
GuestThese people are nuts, truly thinking the world would be better if it was conquered by china...
China? I think you're confusing Socialism with Communism there.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 9 May 2020 at 12:24 pm UTC
Samsai 9 May
Liam Dawe
GuestWow, looks like an sjw wet dream, I mean they already established 2 terrorist groups under the names ANTIFA and BLM. These people are nuts, truly thinking the world would be better if it was conquered by china...
China? I think you're confusing Socialism with Communism there.
Isn't China pretty much just a ultra-capitalist hellhole that just happens to be operating under a "communist" one-party system? I mean, for a worker utopia the workers sure don't seem particularly happy.


Last edited by Samsai on 9 May 2020 at 12:25 pm UTC
Eike 9 May
Guestsjw ... terrorist groups ... ANTIFA ... BLM ... china...

You are mixing words in a way that makes me sure you didn't understand a single one of them.
Liam Dawe
GuestThese people are nuts, truly thinking the world would be better if it was conquered by china...
China? I think you're confusing Socialism with Communism there.

you have no idea how many Americans equate socialism and communism.....McCarthy-era propaganda lives on here... :/
Nagezahn 9 May
A system that's built upon eternal growth in an environment that only has limited resources doesn't sound very future proof to me.
TheSHEEEP 9 May
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I knew what to expect from the discussion when I saw the game's name & trailer and wasn't disappointed.
"China bad!" in the first comment, even. Glorious :D


Last edited by TheSHEEEP on 9 May 2020 at 1:24 pm UTC
Samsai 9 May
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Samsai
Liam Dawe
GuestWow, looks like an sjw wet dream, I mean they already established 2 terrorist groups under the names ANTIFA and BLM. These people are nuts, truly thinking the world would be better if it was conquered by china...
China? I think you're confusing Socialism with Communism there.
Isn't China pretty much just a ultra-capitalist hellhole that just happens to be operating under a "communist" one-party system? I mean, for a worker utopia the workers sure don't seem particularly happy.

Yes. Because communism doesn't work.


Liam Dawe
GuestThese people are nuts, truly thinking the world would be better if it was conquered by china...
China? I think you're confusing Socialism with Communism there.

Oh so would you prefer the soviet union over china then? Mm, such nice form of government there.

It doesn't really matter which you go for, it's gonna end bad. Capitalism is great in that it drives progress in all fields as everyone strives to compete with each other, I think we've sorta reached the end of the line there as by this point the corporations are starting to try taking over the world (and succeeding too) and have found simpler ways of increasing profits (marketing and PR) than offering better products.

Change sure is needed, but be it socialism or communism, neither would improve anything, in the absolute best case scenario, they would provide stability and comfort for society for a couple years, at best couple decades, before it all collapses under it's own weight.
Horrendous derailing incoming.

It might be worth keeping in mind that world isn't quite as black and white as what your writing seems to imply you think it is. Political and economic systems have a bit more variety than Soviet Union or our current capitalist systems (not to mention I'm pretty sure MY capitalist system differs plenty from YOUR capitalist system). There have been many proposed reasons why the USSR/China/North Korea systems have created quite awful messes and one of them is the inherent authoritarianism they have been built upon, which allows the elite to screw over their people while reaping all the benefits themselves (sound familiar?). Whether that is actually the case or not, just boiling things down to "<ideology> doesn't work" is not really productive.

You also brought up the failures of capitalism but interestingly you seem to be opposed to toppling that system, which may or may not require some kind of an uprising a la the game in question. This makes me think, how do you think a failing system should be fixed, particularly if that system benefits people who are powerful enough to resist amicable attempts to fix it?

And finally, it is actually possible to construct new systems by combining parts of other systems that have been proven beneficial. It is possible to have markets and competition in otherwise socialist systems for example. Limiting yourself to a binary choice between extremes generally leaves you with two bad choices. Some additional nuance is usually required.


Last edited by Samsai on 9 May 2020 at 1:36 pm UTC
TheSHEEEPI knew what to expect from the discussion when I saw the game's name & trailer and wasn't disappointed.
"China bad!" in the first comment, even. Glorious :D

Spoiler, click me



Last edited by The_Aquabat on 9 May 2020 at 2:56 pm UTC
Desum 9 May
NagezahnA system that's built upon eternal growth in an environment that only has limited resources doesn't sound very future proof to me.

That is not what capitalism is. When you boil it down, all capitalism means is you can own your own business and invest your money however you want. Even Richard Stallman had to make it clear he wasn't against capitalism as such on several occasions when capitalism was blamed for the problem of proprietary software.
Solitary 9 May
SamsaiAnd finally, it is actually possible to construct new systems by combining parts of other systems that have been proven beneficial. It is possible to have markets and competition in otherwise socialist systems for example. Limiting yourself to a binary choice between extremes generally leaves you with two bad choices. Some additional nuance is usually required.

This is already reality in most of the EU, capitalism mixed in with (more or less) democratic socialism... "free" healthcare and decent quality public education with certain assurances that you wont end up homeless after one mistake. I would say it is working pretty well. US has none of that (they even have privatized prison system, geez) so it is understandable that they have strong (far)leftist movement, but that's a rabbit hole noone else should follow them down through.

We have seen what marxist socialism can do, all through out 20th century and it is always only good on paper. Fighting for the little man, the workers, peasants, or in current day it is minorities, but it always boils down to one weak point and that is people itself. People end up telling others how to live, what can or cant they do/say. And we see it again today, lot of western countries that didn't go through socialist era in the past is proposing it like it's the new hip thing, younger generations especially. Except nowdays it is wrapped in different package it is really the same, used to be workers and peasants fighting the bourgeois, so they see it justified stealing their land/farms, nowdays it's identity politics and forced diversity, which is basically the same concept. It is also reason why (in what I would still call western civilization) most central/eastern european countries are not going crazy about that, because they already lived through something like it.


Last edited by Solitary on 9 May 2020 at 3:15 pm UTC
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