History VideoGame / AmnesiaAMachineForPigs

27th Aug '17 1:04:33 AM Doug86
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Taking place in the same [[TheVerse universe]] as ''The Dark Descent'', ''A Machine for Pigs'' takes place sixty years later, in VictorianLondon, on New Years Eve, 1899. Wealthy industrialist Oswald Mandus has just awoken from a fevered comatose state that lasted him several months, haunted by nightmares of a vicious, dark, elaborate machine of mysterious purpose. He must trace his life back to find out what happened during his months of unconsciousness, and figure out what happened during his ill-fated trip to Mexico that immediately preceded itů

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Taking place in the same [[TheVerse universe]] as ''The Dark Descent'', ''A Machine for Pigs'' takes place sixty years later, in VictorianLondon, on New Years Eve, 1899. Wealthy industrialist Oswald Mandus has just awoken from a fevered comatose state that lasted him several months, haunted by nightmares of a vicious, dark, elaborate machine of mysterious purpose. He must trace his life back to find out what happened during his months of unconsciousness, and figure out what happened during his ill-fated trip to Mexico that immediately preceded itů
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* AdultFear: Mandus begins the game with no knowledge of the last few months, and immediately sets out trying to find his children, worried about what might have happened to them. [[spoiler: The revelation of what truly happened to his children, and the reason why he killed them, also plays into this: he sacrificed them to [[CruelToBeKind to spare them from a more horrifying death]] in UsefulNotes/WW1.]]

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* AdultFear: Mandus begins the game with no knowledge of the last few months, and immediately sets out trying to find his children, worried about what might have happened to them. [[spoiler: The revelation of what truly happened to his children, and the reason why he killed them, also plays into this: he sacrificed them to [[CruelToBeKind to spare them from a more horrifying death]] in UsefulNotes/WW1.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.]]
9th Aug '17 4:13:52 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->''"[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI I have stood knee deep in mud and bone, and filled my lungs with mustard gas]]. [[AMillionIsAStatistic I have seen two brothers fall]]. I have lain with [[TheWarOnTerror holy wars]] and copulated with [[AtomicHate the autumnal fallout]]. [[ThoseWackyNazis I have dug trenches for the refugees]]; [[HistoryOfTheUSSR I have murdered dissidents where the ground never thaws, and starved the masses into faith]]. [[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki A child's shadow burnt into the brickwork.]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Cambodia}} A house of skulls in the jungle.]] The innocent, the ''innocent'', Mandus, [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII trod and bled and gassed and starved and beaten and murdered and enslaved!]] [[HumansAreBastards This is your coming century!]] They will eat them, Mandus! They will make pigs of you all! And they will bury their snouts into your ribs, and they will [[PunctuatedForEmphasis eat. Your. Hearts!]]"''

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-->''"[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI I have stood knee deep in mud and bone, and filled my lungs with mustard gas]]. [[AMillionIsAStatistic I have seen two brothers fall]]. I have lain with [[TheWarOnTerror holy wars]] and copulated with [[AtomicHate the autumnal fallout]]. [[ThoseWackyNazis I have dug trenches for the refugees]]; [[HistoryOfTheUSSR I have murdered dissidents where the ground never thaws, and starved the masses into faith]]. [[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki A child's shadow burnt into the brickwork.]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Cambodia}} A house of skulls in the jungle.]] The innocent, the ''innocent'', Mandus, [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust trod and bled and gassed and starved and beaten and murdered and enslaved!]] [[HumansAreBastards This is your coming century!]] They will eat them, Mandus! They will make pigs of you all! And they will bury their snouts into your ribs, and they will [[PunctuatedForEmphasis eat. Your. Hearts!]]"''
6th Aug '17 12:36:29 PM dieseldragons
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* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: Unlike the more subtle Dark Descent and Justine, which chooses their surreal-horror settings in [[AliensInCardiff more remote locals]], Machine for Pigs ups-the-stakes to an almost [[AssPull absurd degree]] by having it based ''in London'' of all places, yet Mandus' factory and sinister plot therein is never uncovered until an ApocalypseHow happens.
22nd Jul '17 3:27:19 AM eroock
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* NightmarishFactory: Mandus' meat factory, which is full of blood and guts, and filled with terrifying pig monsters.


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* SickeningSlaughterhouse: Mandus' meat factory, which is full of blood and guts, and filled with terrifying pig monsters.
1st Jun '17 4:29:08 AM StoneBasilisk
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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubsitute: The manpigs share many physical similarities to the grunts of ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''. [[spoiler:This is not a coincidence; the manpigs were explicitly based on grunt corpses and the remains of Alexander's vitae research that Mandus found in the ruins of Castle Brennenburg.]]

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubsitute: SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The manpigs share many physical similarities to the grunts of ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''. [[spoiler:This is not a coincidence; the manpigs were explicitly based on grunt corpses and the remains of Alexander's vitae research that Mandus found in the ruins of Castle Brennenburg.]]
1st Jun '17 4:24:05 AM StoneBasilisk
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** Considering that the Machine [[spoiler: and the manpigs were derived from studying what was left of Castle Brennenburg, and that the Machine draws its power from processing human bodies, its heavily implied that Compound X is related to vitae]].



* BloodMagic: [[spoiler:Used to bring a new god into being who would save humanity from itself. But to do this requires vast quantities of blood sacrifices, thus [[IndustrializedEvil the machine was built to facilitate mass-production of such sacrifices]].]]

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* BloodMagic: [[spoiler:Used to bring a new god into being who would save humanity from itself. But to do this requires vast quantities of blood sacrifices, thus [[IndustrializedEvil the machine Machine was built to facilitate mass-production of such sacrifices]].]]



* EatTheRich: [[spoiler: Mandus eventually gets sick of his fellow social class and invites them to lavish parties, getting them full of food and massively drunk - then using traps in their bedrooms to feed the sods into the Machine, turning them into pigs and butchering them up for product.]]

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* EatTheRich: [[spoiler: Mandus eventually gets sick of his fellow social class and invites them to lavish parties, getting them full of food and massively drunk - then using traps in their bedrooms to feed the sods into the Machine, turning them into pigs harvesting their vitae and butchering them up for product.]]



* EnemyWithout: [[spoiler:The Engineer is a part of Mandus' own soul, representing his mad wish to prevent his visions of war and bloodshed in the 20th century.]]
* EternalEngine: A horror version. Oswald's factory is an industrialized meat factory filled with corpses and blood that goes miles upon miles underground.

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* EnemyWithout: [[spoiler:The Engineer is a part of Mandus' own soul, soul embedded within the Machine, representing his mad wish to prevent his visions of war and bloodshed in the 20th century.]]
* EternalEngine: A horror version. Oswald's factory is an industrialized meat factory filled with corpses and blood that goes miles upon miles underground. [[spoiler:It was created to harvest [[HumanResources vitae]] on an industrial scale.]]



* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: The player stops The Machine by sitting in a chair and flipping a switch, which brings out several needles aiming straight for Oswald's heart. The screen goes black right when the needles jut in.]]

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* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: The player stops The the Machine by sitting in a chair and flipping a switch, which brings out several needles aiming straight for Oswald's heart. The screen goes black right when the needles jut in.]]



** The Machine was designed to [[spoiler:manufacture vitae - an arcane substance derived from human pain and suffering - on an industrial scale]].



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: One diary note discusses Mandus' mocking [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Babbage Charles Babbage]] for predicting a "machine that can think like a man."

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: One diary note discusses Mandus' mocking [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Babbage Charles Babbage]] for predicting a "machine that can think like a man."" [[spoiler:Doubly ironic, as Mandus later creates the Machine, which - thanks to a shard of his own soul - possesses all of his intellect and insanity.]]



-->''"[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI I have stood knee deep in mud and bone, and filled my lungs with mustard gas]]. [[AMillionIsAStatistic I have seen two brothers fall]]. I have lain with [[TheWarOnTerror holy wars]] and copulated with [[AtomicHate the autumnal fallout]]. [[ThoseWackyNazis I have dug trenches for the refugees]]; [[HistoryOfTheUSSR I have murdered dissidents where the ground never thaws, and starved the masses into faith]]. [[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki A child's shadow burnt into the brickwork.]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Cambodia}} A house of skulls in the jungle.]] The innocent, the innocent, Mandus, [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII trod and bled and gassed and starved and beaten and murdered and enslaved!]] [[HumansAreBastards This is your coming century!]] They will eat them, Mandus! They will make pigs of you all! And they will bury their snouts into your ribs, and they will [[PunctuatedForEmphasis eat. Your. Hearts!]]"''

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-->''"[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI I have stood knee deep in mud and bone, and filled my lungs with mustard gas]]. [[AMillionIsAStatistic I have seen two brothers fall]]. I have lain with [[TheWarOnTerror holy wars]] and copulated with [[AtomicHate the autumnal fallout]]. [[ThoseWackyNazis I have dug trenches for the refugees]]; [[HistoryOfTheUSSR I have murdered dissidents where the ground never thaws, and starved the masses into faith]]. [[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki A child's shadow burnt into the brickwork.]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Cambodia}} A house of skulls in the jungle.]] The innocent, the innocent, ''innocent'', Mandus, [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII trod and bled and gassed and starved and beaten and murdered and enslaved!]] [[HumansAreBastards This is your coming century!]] They will eat them, Mandus! They will make pigs of you all! And they will bury their snouts into your ribs, and they will [[PunctuatedForEmphasis eat. Your. Hearts!]]"''



* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Children have proven indispensable for maintenance work in the pipe system. Mandus regularly sends down orphaned children into the steam pipes to clean them up. They often get scalded to death in the process.

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* PoweredByAForsakenChild: PoweredByAForsakenChild:
** The Machine is powered by Compound X, which is heavily implied to be [[spoiler:vitae, a supernatural substance derived from human pain and suffering]]. To keep up with its copious energy demands, the Machine was designed to manufacture Compound X on an ''industrial scale'', [[spoiler:which is why the Machine unleashes the manpigs on London towards the climax, to collect as many living people as possible to be tortured to death and drained of vitae]].
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Children have proven indispensable for maintenance work in the pipe system. Mandus regularly sends down orphaned children into the steam pipes to clean them up. [[spoiler: They often get scalded to death in the process.]]



* StartXToStopX: [[spoiler:Kill millions to stop millions from dying in the coming decades. Though of course, the Engineer and Mandus were both out of their minds.]]

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* StartXToStopX: [[spoiler:Kill millions to stop millions from dying in the coming decades. Though of course, the Engineer and Mandus were both was completely out of their minds.his mind when he came up with this plan.]]



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubsitute: The manpigs share many physical similarities to the grunts of ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''. [[spoiler:This is not a coincidence; the manpigs were explicitly based on grunt corpses and the remains of Alexander's vitae research that Mandus found in the ruins of Castle Brennenburg.]]



** The Engineer drops this line in-game [[spoiler: after tricking Mandus into releasing the manpigs to slaughter the people of London]].

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** The Engineer drops this line in-game [[spoiler: during a bit of EvilGloating, after tricking Mandus into releasing the manpigs to slaughter the people of London]].
13th Mar '17 7:26:27 PM wereturntotransylvania
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** [[spoiler:His 'slaughtering people to save them from war' mentality also reflects on [[{{ComicBook/Watchmen}}a specific other wealthy industrialist associated with the same name]].]]

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** [[spoiler:His 'slaughtering people to save them from war' mentality also reflects on [[{{ComicBook/Watchmen}}a [[{{ComicBook/Watchmen}} a specific other wealthy industrialist associated with the same name]].]]
13th Mar '17 7:25:41 PM wereturntotransylvania
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** [[spoiler:His 'slaughtering people to save them from war' mentality also reflects on a specific other wealthy industrialist associated with the same name in ''[[ComicBook/Watchmen]]''.]]

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** [[spoiler:His 'slaughtering people to save them from war' mentality also reflects on a [[{{ComicBook/Watchmen}}a specific other wealthy industrialist associated with the same name in ''[[ComicBook/Watchmen]]''.name]].]]
13th Mar '17 7:24:07 PM wereturntotransylvania
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** [[spoiler:His 'slaughtering people to save them from war' mentality also reflects on a specific other wealthy industrialist associated with the same name in "ComicBook/Watchmen''.]]

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** [[spoiler:His 'slaughtering people to save them from war' mentality also reflects on a specific other wealthy industrialist associated with the same name in "ComicBook/Watchmen''.''[[ComicBook/Watchmen]]''.]]
13th Mar '17 7:23:10 PM wereturntotransylvania
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** [[spoiler:His 'slaughtering people to save them from war' mentality also reflects on [[ComicBook/Watchmen a specific other wealthy industrialist associated with the same name]].]]

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** [[spoiler:His 'slaughtering people to save them from war' mentality also reflects on [[ComicBook/Watchmen a specific other wealthy industrialist associated with the same name]].name in "ComicBook/Watchmen''.]]
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