History VideoGame / AMindForeverVoyaging

20th Mar '17 9:08:14 PM Angeldeb82
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* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:Ryder and his {{mooks}} make attempts to assassinate any "visitors" who stand in the way of writing his dangerous Plan into law and to put the entire laboratory into lockdown without any communications until the Plan is accomplished. They can even attempt to "pull the plug" on you for being a "troublemaker" unless you stop them first.]]
18th Mar '17 4:31:25 PM Angeldeb82
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* ForbiddenChekhovsGun: The Interface Mode and its controls are usually the ones not to be tampered with in the game, since doing so can lead to a "WhatTheHellHero" from Perelman, [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment who will shut you down until it gets fixed]], leading to a NonstandardGameOver. [[spoiler:The only thing that ''can'' be tampered with in Interface Mode is the HVAC Controller, and that's toward the end of the game, where you have to shut off the ventilation in the Delta Sector of the Maintenance Core to save yourself from [[HeKnowsTooMuch getting dismantled (i.e., killed) by Senator Ryder's]] {{mooks}}.]]
18th Mar '17 3:05:53 PM Angeldeb82
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It is the year 2031, and the player controls PRISM, the world's first sentient computer. The economy of the [[ExpandedStatesOfAmerica United States of North America]] (USNA) is failing. Great numbers of youths are turning to "Joybooths" (a device which directly stimulates the sensory input of the brain) and committing suicide by over-stimulation. A new arms race involving nuclear weapons no larger than the size of a common pack of cigarettes threatens to turn the USNA into a police state. Unaware that it is a sophisticated computer, PRISM has been living for 11 years (in real-time, 20 years within the simulation) as an ordinary human, "Perry Simms". Dr. Abraham Perelman, PRISM's "father", informs Perry of his true nature and gently brings him from simulation mode into reality. Perelman explains that he has awakened PRISM so a vital mission can be performed: running a simulation of a revitalization plan (dubbed the Plan for Renewed National Purpose), sponsored by Senator Richard Ryder. The plan calls for "renewed national purpose" through de-regulation of government and industry, military conscription, a unilateral approach to diplomatic relations, and a return to traditional and fundamental values. PRISM will enter a simulation of a typical American town at 10 year intervals following the plan's enacting, and observe... for good or for bad.

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It is the year 2031, and the player controls PRISM, the world's first sentient computer. The economy of the [[ExpandedStatesOfAmerica United States of North America]] (USNA) is failing. Great numbers of youths are turning to "Joybooths" (a device which directly stimulates the sensory input of the brain) and committing suicide by over-stimulation. A new arms race involving nuclear weapons no larger than the size of a common pack of cigarettes threatens to turn the USNA into a police state. Unaware that it is a sophisticated computer, PRISM has been living for 11 years (in real-time, 20 years within the simulation) as an ordinary human, "Perry Simms".Simm". Dr. Abraham Perelman, PRISM's "father", informs Perry of his true nature and gently brings him from simulation mode into reality. Perelman explains that he has awakened PRISM so a vital mission can be performed: running a simulation of a revitalization plan (dubbed the Plan for Renewed National Purpose), sponsored by Senator Richard Ryder. The plan calls for "renewed national purpose" through de-regulation of government and industry, military conscription, a unilateral approach to diplomatic relations, and a return to traditional and fundamental values. PRISM will enter a simulation of a typical American town at 10 year intervals following the plan's enacting, and observe... for good or for bad.
16th Mar '17 12:19:12 PM Angeldeb82
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* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler:In Part III, when Perelman shows PRISM's recordings of the growing apocalypse class taking a toll on Rockvil through the coming decades, Senator Ryder's subjects ignore the scientist and dismiss the recordings as "fakes". Then, when Ryder shows up at Perelman's office, things start heating up, until Ryder says "Screw you, Perelman!" and attempts to go for full-blown [[ApocalypseHow Apocalypse Class Total Planetary Extinction]] (with Rockvil, Perelman and PRISM included) by putting the Plan into law. Only PRISM and his recordings, including one of Ryder's political rants and threats, can save the day themselves... if Ryder's men don't shut the supercomputer down first.]]


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* WhoDares: [[spoiler:Done in Part III when Senator Ryder barges into Perelman's office:]]
-->[[spoiler:"How dare you come in here with all..." Perelman begins yelling, before Ryder cuts him off with a sharp "Shut up, Perelman! I'm doing the talking here, so get used to it! You're not in control here anymore, and I am!"]]
14th Mar '17 8:56:38 PM Angeldeb82
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* ApocalypseHow: Starting with the 2061 sim, Rockvil is in Societal Disruption or Collapse because of the Plan taking effect. By 2071, the Apocalypse Class has grown to Planetary Societal Disruption; and by 2081, the class is now Planetary Societal Collapse bordering on Planetary Cause-Engineered Human Species Extinction, and quite possibly Planetary Multiple-Species Extinction. Thank goodness PRISM [[TheManyDeathsOfYou undergoes many deaths]] in order to show the Apocalypse Class sim recordings to Perelman so he can prevent this and the Plan from happening.

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* ApocalypseHow: Starting with the 2061 sim, Rockvil is in Societal Disruption or Collapse because of the Plan taking effect. By 2071, the Apocalypse Class has grown to Planetary Societal Disruption; Disruption (with hint of Planetary Multiple-Species Extinction); and by 2081, the class is now Planetary Societal Collapse bordering on Planetary Cause-Engineered Human Species Extinction, and quite possibly Planetary Multiple-Species Multi-Cellular Species Extinction. Thank goodness PRISM [[TheManyDeathsOfYou undergoes many deaths]] in order to show the Apocalypse Class sim recordings to Perelman so he can prevent this and the Plan from happening.


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* CreepyCemetery: In later sims, the cemetery can get so crowded that, as the decades pass, it becomes neglected, overgrown with weeds and vandalized by graffiti. By 2081, most of the gravestones are toppled over by vandals that are hiding in sight to attack you.


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* JewishAndNerdy: Dr. Perelman can be this, since he's a working scientist after all. [[spoiler:Near the end of the game, he gives out a "Yeehah!" that is "more suited to a Texas cattle rancher than a Jewish big-city scientist".]]
14th Mar '17 8:45:05 PM Angeldeb82
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It is the year 2031, and the player controls PRISM, the world's first sentient computer. The economy of the [[ExpandedStatesOfAmerica United States of North America]] (USNA) is failing. Great numbers of youths are turning to "Joybooths" (a device which directly stimulates the sensory input of the brain) and committing suicide by over-stimulation. A new arms race involving nuclear weapons no larger than the size of a common pack of cigarettes threatens to turn the USNA into a police state. Unaware that it is a sophisticated computer, PRISM has been living for 11 years (in real-time, 20 years within the simulation) as an ordinary human, "Perry Simm." Dr. Abraham Perelman, PRISM's "father", informs Perry of his true nature and gently brings him from simulation mode into reality. Perelman explains that he has awakened PRISM so a vital mission can be performed: running a simulation of a revitalization plan (dubbed the Plan for Renewed National Purpose), sponsored by Senator Richard Ryder. The plan calls for "renewed national purpose" through de-regulation of government and industry, military conscription, a unilateral approach to diplomatic relations, and a return to traditional and fundamental values. PRISM will enter a simulation of a typical American town at 10 year intervals following the plan's enacting, and observe... for good or for bad.

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It is the year 2031, and the player controls PRISM, the world's first sentient computer. The economy of the [[ExpandedStatesOfAmerica United States of North America]] (USNA) is failing. Great numbers of youths are turning to "Joybooths" (a device which directly stimulates the sensory input of the brain) and committing suicide by over-stimulation. A new arms race involving nuclear weapons no larger than the size of a common pack of cigarettes threatens to turn the USNA into a police state. Unaware that it is a sophisticated computer, PRISM has been living for 11 years (in real-time, 20 years within the simulation) as an ordinary human, "Perry Simm." Simms". Dr. Abraham Perelman, PRISM's "father", informs Perry of his true nature and gently brings him from simulation mode into reality. Perelman explains that he has awakened PRISM so a vital mission can be performed: running a simulation of a revitalization plan (dubbed the Plan for Renewed National Purpose), sponsored by Senator Richard Ryder. The plan calls for "renewed national purpose" through de-regulation of government and industry, military conscription, a unilateral approach to diplomatic relations, and a return to traditional and fundamental values. PRISM will enter a simulation of a typical American town at 10 year intervals following the plan's enacting, and observe... for good or for bad.


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* HumanSacrifice: In the 2081 simulation, this is the goal of the savage tribe by tying you up and offering you on a bonfire a la ''Film/TheWickerMan''.
* ImAHumanitarian: In the 2081 sim, a tribe of mutant cannibalistic savages can toss surviving humans like you onto a bonfire in order to cook them and eat them. Rabid dogs can also pounce on other surviving humans and eat them alive.
14th Mar '17 4:22:09 PM Angeldeb82
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* ShutUpKirk: [[spoiler:Senator Ryder delivers this one twice: one in response to Perelman's DeadpanSnarker sarcasm, and another in response to his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.]]


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* ShutUpKirk: [[spoiler:Senator Ryder delivers this one twice: one in response to Perelman's DeadpanSnarker sarcasm, and another in response to his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.]]
14th Mar '17 4:19:55 PM Angeldeb82
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* BoundAndGagged: In the 2081 simulation, you end up like this if you go south from Main & Wicker to a group of cannibalistic savages preparing you for some HumanSacrifice on a bonfire.
* BreakThemByTalking: [[spoiler:Senator Ryder shows his TrueColors to Perelman with this lecture when the latter tries to call him out for trying to make the EvilPlan become "the law of this land".]]


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:Perelman delivers one to Ryder after the latter has launched a tirade and tried to [[BreakThemByTalking Break Him by Talking]] with another TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:]]
-->[[spoiler:Ryder is getting really worked up; his normal, fatherly demeanor is completely gone. "Perelman, you're an even bigger idiot than I imagined if you think we'd let some two-bit egghead scientist and some high-tech whiz bang computer stand in our way! Remember this -- if you were to have some unforeseen accident, you wouldn't be the first person who's gotten crushed by standing in the way of the Plan!" Perelman, with a quick glance in your direction, says, "Quite an oration, Senator. Vintage thug. I wish I could save it for posterity. [[EngineeredPublicConfession Would you be willing to go on the record with that statement?]]" Ryder becomes even more livid. [[ShutUpKirk "A real jokester, huh? Lemme tell you this, Perelman -- you'd better stop joking and start listening to my advice, or you're not going to be around to care about posterity, understand?"]]]]
* ShutUpKirk: [[spoiler:Senator Ryder delivers this one twice: one in response to Perelman's DeadpanSnarker sarcasm, and another in response to his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.]]
14th Mar '17 12:42:49 PM Angeldeb82
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* [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout-Out: To Shakespeare]]: During the PlayableEpilogue, Perelman quotes a line from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', whose title character spoke about the popularity of his murdered father Hamlet Sr., [[spoiler:and Perelman says the same thing when PRISM is about to depart on his final mind journey]]: "He was a man, take him for all in all, / I shall not look upon his like again" (I, ii).
** In the back of the box art for the game, there is a line taken from Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', in which Banquo addresses the Weird Sisters about what the future holds for him and the title character (in the full line, of course): "If you can look into the seeds of time, / And say which grain will grow, and which will not, / Speak, then, to me, who neither beg nor fear / Your favors nor your hate" (I, iii).
14th Mar '17 11:11:47 AM Angeldeb82
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* TattooedCrook: In the 2071 simulation, there are many of these in the {{Kangaroo Court}}room, each being branded with their MarkOfShame in order to prepare them for their Execution Matches.
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