History VideoGame / Marathon

17th Jan '18 8:00:48 AM madius
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** ''Rubicon'' is set after ''Durandal'' instead of ''Infinity''. Might be a specific case of {{Continuation}} if you accept some of the more flexible theories about what exactly happened in ''Infinity''.
*** The mod itself references ''Infinity'' in the prologue, where one terminal states that the members of Blake's team who got dropped off on Earth each had a different story of what happened. It then goes even further with the final terminal in that sequence, which is done in the style of the dream terminals from ''Infinity''. ''That'' terminal ends with the words "All Roads Lead To...", calling back to "All Roads Lead to Sol", the final level of ''Durandal''. Yeah, it's a MindScrew sequence.

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** ''Rubicon'' is set after ''Durandal'' instead of ''Infinity''. Might be a specific case of {{Continuation}} if you accept some of the more flexible theories about what exactly happened in ''Infinity''.
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''Infinity''. The mod itself prologue added in ''Rubicon X'', however, directly references ''Infinity'' an aftermath to ''Infinity'', in the prologue, where one terminal states that the members of Blake's team who got dropped off on Earth each had a different story of what happened. It then goes even further with the final terminal in that sequence, which is done in the style of the dream terminals from ''Infinity''. ''That'' terminal ends with the words "All Roads Lead To...", calling back to "All Roads Lead to Sol", the final level of ''Durandal''. Yeah, it's a MindScrew sequence.



* GoingCritical[=/=]TimedMission: In ''Rubicon'' a downed spaceship's reactor is about to explode. Whatever you stop it or not determines which path (called planks in this mod) you take.

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* GoingCritical[=/=]TimedMission: In ''Rubicon'' a downed spaceship's reactor is about to explode. Whatever you stop it or not determines which path of the plot (called planks in this mod) you take.



* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal:
**''Rubicon X'' has a moment in which [[spoiler:Durandal leaves himself wide open to receive a crippling virus chip that is meant for another AI. Doing this will take players to the secret Tycho Plank of the game. Durandal is the player's buddy throughout the series, but boy, what an abusive buddy...]]
** [[spoiler:Lysander's mistreatment by scientists in ''Rubicon X'' is what drives him to betray humans by creating a virus that is entirely uncurable.]]



** ''Rubicon'' has two [[spoiler:and ''Rubicon X'' has three. The Pfhor plank is undoubtedly the worst (humanity gets overrun with the virus, Dangi board of directors seize control), the Salinger plank is somewhat better (Dangi's {{Plan}} is discovered and Lysander is destroyed, though Durandal appears to maintain the knowledge of how to produce the virus as well as the scientists who were performing research on it), while ''Rubicon X''[='=]s Tycho plank seems to be the best for humanity as a whole, albeit in a severely BlackAndGreyMorality manner (once again, Dangi is exposed and Lysander is destroyed, plus the virus appears to be completely destroyed, as well as any knowledge of how to produce it thanks to the eradication of any surviving scientists who worked with it). However, in the last of these the player also destroys Durandal, which many players may regard as regrettable, but the ending level, "Lazarus Ex Machina" (referring to [[Literature/TheBible a man resurrected by Jesus]]), also implies we maintain Durandal's primal pattern.]] In ''Rubicon'', each ending is the actual end of the game.

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** ''Rubicon'' has two [[spoiler:and ''Rubicon X'' has three. The two, based on what plot path the player takes. [[spoiler:The Pfhor plank is undoubtedly the worst (humanity worst: humanity gets overrun with the virus, virus and the Dangi board of directors seize control), the control. The Salinger plank is somewhat better (Dangi's better: Dangi's {{Plan}} is discovered and Lysander is destroyed, though Durandal appears to maintain the knowledge of how to produce the virus as well as the scientists who were performing research on it), while it. ''Rubicon X''[='=]s X'' adds a hidden Tycho plank plank, which seems to be the best for humanity as a whole, albeit in a severely BlackAndGreyMorality manner (once manner: once again, Dangi is exposed and Lysander is destroyed, plus the virus appears to be completely destroyed, as well as any knowledge of how to produce it thanks to the eradication of any surviving scientists who worked with it).it. However, in the last of these the player also destroys Durandal, which many players may regard as regrettable, but the ending level, "Lazarus Ex Machina" (referring to [[Literature/TheBible a man resurrected by Jesus]]), also implies we maintain Durandal's primal pattern.]] In ''Rubicon'', each ending is the actual end of the game.



* WarpZone: In ''Rubicon'' during the surreal Thoth levels, getting to the end of the level and then backtracking back to the starting terminal will teleport you to the other path.

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* WarpZone: In ''Rubicon'' during the surreal Thoth levels, getting to the end of the level and then backtracking back to the starting terminal will teleport you to the other path. Knowledge of this is critical, as ignoring this will cause the player to go back and forth between the majority Salinger and Pfhor planks indefinitely until they backtrack to the starting terminal. [[spoiler:Or, in ''Rubicon X'', take advantage of the fact that an AI let their guard down at a critical moment and enter the third Tycho Plank.]]
4th Jan '18 6:28:21 PM nombretomado
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* HowToInvadeAnAlienPlanet: The initial Phfor invasion of Tau Ceti colony was a disorganized and hastily executed opportunistic slave raid which backfired, while the latter invasion 3 months later was an organized response with the goal to erase Tau Ceti. Durandal's own invasion of Lh'owon was an organized smash and grab against the weak garrison forces that got complicated with the arrival of the Pfhor fleet.
31st Dec '17 5:03:55 PM RADIX
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* ReignOfTerror[=/=]TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The three-months rule of MIDA party on Mars in the backstory. A shout-out in ''VideoGame/Destiny2'' states that at least 10% of the population died during this time.

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* ReignOfTerror[=/=]TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The three-months rule of MIDA party on Mars in the backstory. A In the history terminal (and a later shout-out in ''VideoGame/Destiny2'' states ''VideoGame/Destiny2''), it's stated that at least 10% of the population died during this time.
2nd Nov '17 9:57:15 AM Shinr
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* ReignOfTerror[=/=]TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The three-months rule of MIDA party on Mars in the backstory.

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* ReignOfTerror[=/=]TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The three-months rule of MIDA party on Mars in the backstory. A shout-out in ''VideoGame/Destiny2'' states that at least 10% of the population died during this time.
2nd Nov '17 9:52:13 AM Shinr
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* TheConspiracy: There is one on ''UESC Marathon'' leading back to Earth politics of 24th century, with hints about intentionally causing Durandal to go Rampant.

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* TheConspiracy: There is one on ''UESC Marathon'' leading back to Earth politics of 24th century, with hints (later confirmed in one of shout-outs in ''VideoGame/Destiny2'') about intentionally causing Durandal to go Rampant.
1st Nov '17 8:29:14 PM RADIX
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* TheMole: It's highly suspicious that Bernhard Strauss, a supposed civilian scientist, knew that ten battleroids were among the crew of the UESC ''Marathon'' when the UESC itself did not. [[Destiny2 Destiny 2]], via lore tabs for two particular weapons, confirms that he was affiliated with MIDA.

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* TheMole: It's highly suspicious that Bernhard Strauss, a supposed civilian scientist, knew that ten battleroids were among the crew of the UESC ''Marathon'' when the UESC itself did not. [[Destiny2 [[VideoGame/Destiny2 Destiny 2]], via lore tabs for two particular weapons, confirms that he was affiliated with MIDA.
1st Nov '17 7:52:36 PM RADIX
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* TheMole: It's highly suspicious that Bernhard Strauss, a supposed civilian scientist, knew that ten battleroids were among the crew of the UESC ''Marathon'' when the UESC itself did not. [[Destiny2 Destiny 2]], via lore tabs for two particular weapons, confirms that he was affiliated with MIDA.
16th Sep '17 3:50:58 PM nombretomado
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* TheRenaissance: The setting of ''Tempus Irae'' courtesy of TimeTravel.
15th Sep '17 8:44:58 PM nombretomado
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''Marathon'' is a series of groundbreaking ScienceFiction [[FirstPersonShooter First Person Shooters]] developed for the {{Macintosh}} by [[{{Creator/Bungie}} Bungie Software]]. The game has a ridiculously in-depth story even compared to modern games, and its plot can get very complex and sometimes even headache-inducing. In the pseudo-random clues provided by in-game terminals, it comes close to Creator/WilliamGibson ambiguity: lots of surreal textual scenes (in the middle of convincing runtime errors) will scratch your cortex; plausible quotes from technology design documents, history records, and standards guidelines that make you wish no [=AIs=] will ''ever'' be put in working order.

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''Marathon'' is a series of groundbreaking ScienceFiction [[FirstPersonShooter First Person Shooters]] developed for the {{Macintosh}} UsefulNotes/{{Macintosh}} by [[{{Creator/Bungie}} Bungie Software]]. The game has a ridiculously in-depth story even compared to modern games, and its plot can get very complex and sometimes even headache-inducing. In the pseudo-random clues provided by in-game terminals, it comes close to Creator/WilliamGibson ambiguity: lots of surreal textual scenes (in the middle of convincing runtime errors) will scratch your cortex; plausible quotes from technology design documents, history records, and standards guidelines that make you wish no [=AIs=] will ''ever'' be put in working order.
14th Aug '17 1:20:41 PM timotaka
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* MiseryBuildsCharacter: Being mistreated and placed to perform functions that are far below their potential tends to spur AIs to develop Rampancy. Durandal was placed to control functions on the colony ship that would normally be handled by simple automation, such as opening and closing doors. There are some hints that this was a deliberate attempt to induce Rampancy.
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