Outrunis a 1980s-themedretrofuturisticvisual art and music style associated with the electronic genres electro, synthwave, futuresynth, new retrowave andvaporwave. The style is named after the iconic 1986 arcade racinggameOut Run.
On September 20th, 1986, the 3D third-person arcade racing gameOut Runwas released, in which players control a Ferrari Testarossa Spider sports car while racing down various streets in a tropical location. Over the next five years, the game was released on the Sega Master System andSega Genesisconsoles.
On March 31st, 2006, the video gameOutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coastwas released for thePlayStation2, PlayStation Portable,WindowsandXboxsystems. On February 22nd, 2013, the synthwave artist Kavinsky released his debut studio albumOutrun, featuring the singles "Odd Look" from a 2012 French BMW commercial (shown below, left) and "Nightcall" from the soundtrack for the 2011 neo-noir filmDrive(shown below,right).
On April 29th, 2013, the /r/outrunsubredditwas launched for discussions about the genre. On May 21st, 2013, the Limon EstudiosVimeochannel released an Outrun-style parody energy drink commercial as a promotional ad for the Miami nightclub Amnesia (shown below). Within three years, the video garnered upwards of 1.3 million views and 6,200 comments.
On April 24th, 2015, Redditor johnny_b_rotten submitted a post titled "What is Outrun?" to /r/outrun,where Redditor famouscomposer listed several examples of media fitting the Outrun aesthetic, including music by Kavinsky, the 2011 neo-noir filmDriveand the video gameFry Cry 3: Blood Dragon. On December 16th, the /r/outruncirclejerksubreddit was launched forshitpostsmocking the content on /r/outrun. In January 2016,The Simpsonsfeatured an Outrun-style couch gag by guest animator Steve Cutts (shown below). On February 11th, an synthwave page was created onTV Tropes,which listed Outrun as a name for the 1980s "Retraux"aesthetic.
On June 6th, Redditor justaprettyface submitted animage macrofor an Outrunstarter packto /r/outrun,where it received upwaards of 780 votes (91% upvoted) and 90 comments in one week.
Hotline Miamiis a 2D action video game featuring a top-down perspective and pixel art graphics, created by Jonatan Söderström and Dennis Wedin of Dennaton Games and published by Devolver Digital. The game is known for its fast-paced and violent gameplay, as well as its outrun aesthetic and synthpop soundtrack.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Far Cry3: Blood Dragonis a first-person shooter parody game featuring a comedic storyline based on 1980s action films and video games.
Kung Furyrefers to a 2015 short film created by the studio Laser Unicorne, which revolves around the adventures of Miami police officer Kung Fury. The film is known for its use of Outrun-style 1980s retro themes.
TheGIFartistKidmographis known for creating various Outrun-themed animations featured on hisTumblr blog (shown below).
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