History VideoGame / AmnesiaAMachineForPigs

5th Jun '16 1:48:39 PM eroock
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* AppliedPhlebotinum: The mysterious Compound X that powers the Machine [[spoiler:and allows humans and pigs to be spliced together without killing them. It appears to have supernatural effects, up and including unhinging the subjects from reality, making them flicker back and forth from existence]].



* AppliedPhlebotinum: The mysterious Compound X that powers the Machine [[spoiler:and allows humans and pigs to be spliced together without killing them. It appears to have supernatural effects, up and including unhinging the subjects from reality, making them flicker back and forth from existence]].



* SensoryAbuse: Done by creating music that is intentionally dissonant. [[https://soundcloud.com/thechineseroom/mors-praematura "Mors Praematura"]][[note]]([[AltumVidetur Latin]] for "[[MeaningfulName premature death]]")[[/note]] in particular uses dissonant arrangements of opera, low winds, and strings to make the player uncomfortable.


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* SensoryAbuse: Done by creating music that is intentionally dissonant. [[https://soundcloud.com/thechineseroom/mors-praematura "Mors Praematura"]][[note]]([[AltumVidetur Latin]] for "[[MeaningfulName premature death]]")[[/note]] in particular uses dissonant arrangements of opera, low winds, and strings to make the player uncomfortable.
3rd Jun '16 7:39:36 PM eroock
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* KillThePoor: [[spoiler:Mandus and the Engineer murdered thousands of the destitute to grow the Engineer's power, seeing it as a better alternative to dying at the hands of shrapnel and mustard gas in the coming decades.]] Particular groups Mandus abducted to further his dark research are [[CondemnedContestant criminals]], [[DisposableVagrant the homeless]], {{disposable sex worker}}s and [[HeartwarmingOrphan innocent orphans]].

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* KillThePoor: [[spoiler:Mandus and the Engineer murdered thousands of the destitute to grow the Engineer's power, seeing it as a better alternative to dying at the hands of shrapnel and mustard gas in the coming decades.]] Particular groups Mandus abducted to further his dark research are [[CondemnedContestant criminals]], [[DisposableVagrant the homeless]], {{disposable sex worker}}s and [[HeartwarmingOrphan innocent orphans]].orphans]]. Eventually, however, [[spoiler:he comes to [[EatTheRich do the same to the rich]].]]
3rd Jun '16 7:34:03 PM eroock
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* AlternateRealityGame: The title, tagline, a release window, two pieces of artwork and hints of thechineseroom's involvement were all revealed through various fake websites.

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* AlternateRealityGame: The title, tagline, a release window, two pieces of artwork and hints of thechineseroom's Creator/TheChineseRoom's involvement were all revealed through various fake websites.



* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Played with. Children have proven indispensible 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.
* PsychologicalHorror: Like the first game, [[SequelEscalation but more so]]. The survival elements are downplayed this time around, while the psychological elements are played up. This was in part to play to thechineseroom's strengths telling interactive narratives, and in part because they wanted to distinguish it from the original game, saying that making the gameplay too familiar would just make the player more comfortable and undercut the horror.

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* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Played with. Children have proven indispensible 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.
* PsychologicalHorror: Like the first game, [[SequelEscalation but more so]]. The survival elements are downplayed this time around, while the psychological elements are played up. This was in part to play to thechineseroom's Creator/TheChineseRoom's strengths telling interactive narratives, and in part because they wanted to distinguish it from the original game, saying that making the gameplay too familiar would just make the player more comfortable and undercut the horror.
3rd Jun '16 7:16:02 PM eroock
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* MissingTrailerScene: Remember that scene in the trailer where [[spoiler: Mandus cowers under a stairway while a squealing, snorting manpig batters its way into the room]]? Wasn't that scary? Too bad this never actually happens in-game.
** Similarly, another [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_9IyBzbyWQ trailer]] features Mandus entering an area resembling the "Holding Pens" from the completed game. [[spoiler: However, this particular room doesn't feature an encounter in the released version. Whereas in the trailer Mandus is forced to hide in a cage as one of the creatures comes shrieking and squealing after him, in game you are able to move through the room fairly safely. The encounters don't come until a corridor or two later.]]
3rd Jun '16 7:15:28 PM eroock
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* AmnesiacHero: In keeping with the series' MeaningfulName. The main character, Oswald Mandus, cannot remember the last few months of his life, and is driven to rediscover what happened to him, what went on during his trip to Mexico, and how he is connected to the IndustrializedEvil around him.
** [[spoiler:And in keeping with the theme of the series, Oswald soon discovers he's done monstrous things he may not want to remember.]]



* CreepyChild: Oswald keeps catching glimpses of his ghostly looking, English-accented children running throughout the manor. [[spoiler: Taken UpToEleven after he is tricked into turning the machine back on, where they appear right before the camera pale as corpses and covered in blood and ripping their own hearts out their chests.]]

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* CreepyChild: CreepyTwins: Oswald keeps catching glimpses of his ghostly looking, English-accented children running throughout the manor. [[spoiler: Taken UpToEleven after he is tricked into turning the machine back on, where they appear right before the camera pale as corpses and covered in blood and ripping their own hearts out their chests.]]



* GadgeteerGenius: Implied with Mandus, as part of his success as an industrialist. Even the recording and playback devices, though not an original concept, are his own design.



* LightningBruiser: The pig monsters, which can not only kill you with their bare hands, but easily outrun you as well. Also literally the case with [[spoiler:the electrified Tesla manpigs that phase in and out of this dimension]].



* MadGod: [[spoiler:The Engineer, a piece of Mandus' soul slowly being elevated to godhood through human sacrifice and the two Orbs he discovered in an Aztec temple, and driven mad by visions of 20th century bloodshed.]]
* MadOracle: The Engineer talks of coming doom, but in completely insane ways.
-->'''Engineer:''' The innocent, the innocent, Mandus, trod and bled and gassed and starved and beaten and murdered and enslaved. [...] They will eat them Mandus, they will make pigs of you all and they will bury their snouts into your ribs and they will eat your hearts!



* MisanthropeSupreme: Mandus. Journal entries and flashbacks are littered with his comments of both pity and disgust for the human condition.



* NonActionGuy: Like Daniel, Oswald is up against monsters that can easily murder him, but he is at an even more of a disadvantage given his profession as a businessman and significant age difference. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end of the game, where he murders a manpig and powers through being heavily injured in order to stop the Engineer.]]



* StrawNihilist: Oswald's diary notes and audio records, pre-amnesia, seem to give this impression, deriding humanity as fallen and lost, and how civilization is just slipping further and further into its own self-destructive rot. [[spoiler: This despair being the reason he could feel so little remorse for sacrificing so many of them to bring about a new world.]]



* TragicMonster: The manpigs. [[spoiler: A significant number of them are mentally disabled people, and the rest is comprised of people Mandus considered to have nobody that would care if they went missing.]] In the manpigs' lair, there are windows that allow you to see into their rooms. Most sit on the floor playing with letters or sleeping, but one manpig is huddled up in a corner, [[AndIMustScream weeping to himself]]. [[spoiler: It puts into perspective why the manpigs try to murder Mandus, at least some of them aren't just murderous, they see the man who turned them into a monster and want to kill him.]]



* VillainProtagonist: [[spoiler:Mandus killed his own children, created a MadGod from his soul who murdered thousands, and performed horrifying experiments on humans and animals.]]
3rd Jun '16 7:07:43 PM eroock
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'''Character tropes go on to the [[Characters/AmnesiaAMachineForPig Characters Sheet]].'''

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'''Character tropes go on to the [[Characters/AmnesiaAMachineForPig [[Characters/AmnesiaAMachineForPigs Characters Sheet]].'''
3rd Jun '16 7:07:03 PM eroock
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'''Character tropes go on to the [[Characters/AmnesiaAMachineForPig Characters Sheet]].'''
3rd Jun '16 6:29:33 PM eroock
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* InterfaceScrew: While the eye-bending screen filters from ''Dark Descent'' at low sanity aren't here, there are still some subtle changes in clarity and field of view. One notable mention is if you were to attempt to look at your journal at end game.

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* InterfaceScrew: While the eye-bending screen filters from ''Dark Descent'' at low sanity aren't here, there are still some subtle changes in clarity and field of view.
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One notable mention is if you were to attempt to look at your journal at end game. -- Explain. There is nothing different in my version.
3rd Jun '16 6:28:19 PM eroock
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* ImAHumanitarian: It's regularly implied that humans might be serving as meat for Mandus' sausage factory.
-->'''Professor''': My dear Mr. Mandus, I admire your vision, I truly do--but there are surely not enough pigs in the whole of London to feed the appetite of such a machine.\\
'''Mandus''': That all rather depends, Professor, ''on what one considers to be a pig.''



* MysteryMeat: It's implied multiple times that not all the "pigs" slaughtered in Mandus' meat factory are actually pigs.



* TheSecretOfLongPorkPies: It's regularly implied that humans might be serving as meat for Mandus' sausage factory.
-->'''Professor''': My dear Mr. Mandus, I admire your vision, I truly do--but there are surely not enough pigs in the whole of London to feed the appetite of such a machine.\\
'''Mandus''': That all rather depends, Professor, ''on what one considers to be a pig.''



'''Mandus''': That all rather depends, Professor, [[spoiler:[[ImAHumanitarian on what one considers to be a pig]]]].

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'''Mandus''': That all rather depends, Professor, [[spoiler:[[ImAHumanitarian [[spoiler:[[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies on what one considers to be a pig]]]].
3rd Jun '16 6:25:39 PM eroock
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* AmnesiacDissonance: The moment when Mandus discovers a note that reveals before his memory loss, he used to send child laborers into the pipes of his factory to clean them and then [[CrossesTheLineTwice send more in to clean up the mess]] caused by the children being boiled alive by the extreme heat that traveled through the pipes, followed by letting the manpigs eat the children alive to keep the factory a secret.]]

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* AmnesiacDissonance: The moment when Mandus discovers a note that reveals before his memory loss, he used [[spoiler:used to send child laborers into the pipes of his factory to clean them and then [[CrossesTheLineTwice send more in to clean up the mess]] caused by the children being boiled alive by the extreme heat that traveled through the pipes, followed by letting the manpigs eat the children alive to keep the factory a secret.]]



* StoryBreadcrumbs: The backstory unfolds as we discoer Oswald's journal entries, which are received through the course of the whole game.

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* StoryBreadcrumbs: The backstory unfolds as we discoer discover Oswald's journal entries, which are received through the course of the whole game.
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