History VideoGame / Technobabylon

16th Dec '17 9:22:21 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* RestrainingBolt: Certain characters are fitted with Governor chips which discourage certain behavior. In the case of criminals, violent thoughts make them physically ill.
13th Dec '17 8:17:32 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* AssimilationBackfire: The Mindjacker has specialized wetware that allows him to download a person's mind and store it in his own until he can offload the data later. [[spoiler:Doing this to Evan Baxter causes him to be infected by Baxter's malice toward Regis.]]
* BarefootPoverty: Latha wears cheap blue overalls with no shoes, a fact lampshaded twice. At the end of the game, Lao even mentions that they should get her to a hospital, considering how she's been walking around for a day with no footwear. Latha notes that she shut off her pain receptors to deal with it.



* BodyHorror: The suicide bomber, who needs to walk around on crutches and suffers numerous health problems because he's been biologically engineered to grow ''explosives in his bones'', his body producing nitrates instead of calcium.

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* BodyHorror: The suicide bomber, who needs to walk around on crutches and suffers numerous health problems because he's been biologically engineered to grow ''explosives in his bones'', his body producing nitrates instead of calcium. He's but one of many, all built the same.



* DestinationDefenestration:
** In their first scene, Regis and Lao bear witness to a poor janitor landing on the sidewalk after being chucked from the 24th floor by the Mindjacker.
** Either [[spoiler:Ran Shu-Man or Councilman Deane meet this fate at the restaurant]], depending on which of the two you finger as the culprit.



* HateSink: Ran Shu-Man exists for no other reason than being a totally unrepentant asshole, so you don't feel bad [[spoiler:if you choose to frame him for the restaurant bombing and he gets tossed out a window]].



* HeKnowsTooMuch: The janitor in the beginning is killed because he interrupted the Mindjacker.



* HiddenInPlainSight: [[spoiler:Henry, the unfortunate waiter at the clone meat restaurant, is killed and replaced by an assassin disguised as him. Henry's corpse, meanwhile, gets hidden by hanging it on the meat rack in the kitchen amongst the clone bodies. Regis manages to look through the deception, as he notices that one of the bodies for reason has blonde hair, whereas the clones are all brunettes.]]

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* HiddenInPlainSight: [[spoiler:Henry, the unfortunate waiter at the clone meat restaurant, is killed and replaced by an assassin disguised as him. Henry's corpse, meanwhile, gets hidden by hanging it on the meat rack in the kitchen amongst the clone bodies. Regis manages to look see through the deception, as he notices deception after the chef notes that all their clone bodies are brunettes, yet one of the bodies for reason has blonde hair, whereas on the clones are all brunettes.rack is blond.]]
11th Dec '17 10:59:37 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Not only does Nina arrange a plea bargain to save herself from getting arrested for her attempts to hijack and alter Central, but in one of the endings she gets to experiment on Galatea as well.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Not [[spoiler:In the pro-Central ending, not only does Nina arrange a plea bargain to save herself from getting arrested for her attempts to hijack and alter Central, but in one of the endings she gets to experiment on Galatea as well.in her efforts to create another AI with Central's consent.]]


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* MuggingTheMonster: In one scene, the mindjacker sees an unaware CEL agent and decides to ambush her. [[spoiler:Cue him getting flipped onto his back by a NeckLift, revealing that the agent is the French maid, reprogrammed by Lao into an assistant and dressed accordingly.]]
11th Dec '17 10:53:12 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* MetaphoricallyTrue: Invoked. [[spoiler:Councilman Deane voluntarily installed a Governor in his head which prevents him from lying, but does not prevent him from telling the truth in very specific ways. He uses this to deny hiring the bomber that attacked the secret meeting: technically, his secretary did that.]]
10th Dec '17 8:38:40 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Latha, [[spoiler:[[JustifiedTrope Justified]] due to having South Asian mother and Caucasian Father (Regis)]].

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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Latha, [[spoiler:[[JustifiedTrope Justified]] due to having South Asian mother and Caucasian Father father (Regis)]].



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:One of the endings has Regis lock himself in a 40-below room for 4 hours in order to save Latha. Fortunately, while he clearly intends to sacrifice himself doing so, CEL manages to save him.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:One of the endings has Regis lock himself in a 40-below room for 4 four hours in order to save Latha. Fortunately, while he clearly intends to sacrifice himself doing so, CEL manages to save him.]]
10th Dec '17 10:25:17 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* BigBrotherIsWatching: The omnipresent Central can access and monitor virtually everything in Newton.


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* CrapsackWorld: The world of ''Technobabylon'' is not a nice place, and that's coming from the perspective of one of the nicest places in it. Genetic engineering allows suicide bombers to be designed from birth as living explosives. There have apparently been multiple nuclear strikes all over the globe. America has degenerated into warring factions. Even in Newton, where personal liberties are respected and the government tries to provide for all its citizens, your rights can be stripped at a moment's notice if the government has even the slightest suspicion of you being a criminal.
10th Dec '17 12:38:22 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* EverybodyDoTheEndlessLoop: In the Trance den, some of the patrons in the server are on the dance floor, repeating the same moves endlessly and never talking. This is somewhat problematic, as you have to figure out how to get them out of there so Latha and Jinsil and talk without any potential spies.



* SexForServices: Subverted at the Trance club. Latha can suggest she has skills (referring to her hacking) that she could barter for entry to the club. The bouncer assumes she means sexual favors, but refuses because he thinks she's too frail and she's hardly the first to try that tactic. Latha is disgusted and clarifies her intentions.



* SuicideAttack: A suicide bomber has organic explosives ''integrated in his bones'', and he was ''raised to have them in his body from birth''.

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* SuicideAttack: A suicide bomber has organic explosives ''integrated in his bones'', and he was ''raised having been genetically designed to have produce them in his body from birth''.since birth.
9th Dec '17 12:41:59 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* ActionBomb: The subway bomber is is a product of gengineering, having been designed to produce nitrates in his bones which make him a living bomb. It's terrible for his health, of course, since nitrate-filled bones are pretty weak, but he wasn't designed with longevity in mind.



* KnightInShiningArmor: The security system in Latha's apartment uses a knight avatar, complete with YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. When pressed on the act, he'll explain that focus group testing polled it as the most trustworthy avatar for the job.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Mr. Stepford appears to be an homage to Frank Nelson

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Mr. Stepford appears to be an homage to Frank NelsonNelson.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Baxter]] is found with his head pounded into pulp.



* WelcomeToCorneria: Averted with the in-game phone. Dialing random numbers gives you hundreds of different responses, ranging from "sorry, wrong number" to business answering machines to referencing ''Literature/TheRing''.

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* WelcomeToCorneria: Averted with the in-game phone. Dialing random numbers gives you hundreds of different responses, ranging from "sorry, wrong number" to business answering machines to referencing ''Literature/TheRing''. You get an achievement for doing it ten times.
8th Dec '17 7:32:10 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* AmbiguouslyBi: [[spoiler:The Van der Waal couple. While they were a gay couple, they liked to have threesomes involving an "anatomically correct" female {{sexbot}}, which would make them this, or at least {{robosexual}}s.]]

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* AmbiguouslyBi: AmbiguouslyBi:
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[[spoiler:The Van der Waal couple. While they were a gay couple, they liked to have threesomes involving an "anatomically correct" female {{sexbot}}, which would make them this, or at least {{robosexual}}s.]]



* BodyHorror: The suicide bomber, who needs to walk around on crutches and suffers numerous health problems because he's been biologically engineered to grow ''explosives in his bones''.
* BrainComputerInterface: Rather than a mechanical plug, people join other systems by coating them in their own organic wetware to establish a connection
* BrainUploading: Carried out against his victims' wills by the Mindjacker.

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* BodyHorror: The suicide bomber, who needs to walk around on crutches and suffers numerous health problems because he's been biologically engineered to grow ''explosives in his bones''.
bones'', his body producing nitrates instead of calcium.
* BorrowedBiometricBypass: At one point, you have to access a computer locked with a palm-print. The owner is already dead and in numerous pieces, so getting his hand is easy. However, the scanner is sophisticated enough to tell living flesh from dead flesh despite its age, so you need to figure out how to fool the scanner into thinking the severed appendage is alive.
* BrainComputerInterface: Rather than a mechanical plug, people join other systems by coating them in their own organic wetware to establish a connection
connection.
* BrainUploading: Carried out against his victims' wills by the Mindjacker.Mindjacker, and kills their bodies.



* DividedStatesOfAmerica[=/=]FallenStatesOfAmerica: By the game's settings, United States had been divided into warlords-controlled territories. Even PlayedForLaughs with the spams about Warlord of Oklahoma.

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* DividedStatesOfAmerica[=/=]FallenStatesOfAmerica: DividedStatesOfAmerica: By the game's settings, the United States had been divided into warlords-controlled territories. Even PlayedForLaughs with the spams about Warlord of Oklahoma.



* EasySexChange: Max Lao had this when she was 16. It is {{justified| Trope}} with sex changes having been made much easier and painless to perform through newer technology.

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* EasySexChange: Max Lao had this when she was 16. It is {{justified| Trope}} {{justified|Trope}} with sex changes having been made much easier and painless to perform through newer technology.



* GreyGoo: Wetware occasionally multiplies out of control, in a small-scale version of this trope.



* ImAHumanitarian: Well, in a somewhat technical manner. [[spoiler:Regis meets the people behind TheConspiracy in a fancy restaurant serving human meat... though he is assured that is only meat taken from brainless, fast-grown clones who where never actually alive, making it all perfectly legal. Regis is still understandably quite {{squick}}ed out about the whole thing, especially when he has a look in the kitchen and sees partially cut-apart human bodies on display in the freezer.]]

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* ImAHumanitarian: ImAHumanitarian:
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Well, in a somewhat technical manner. [[spoiler:Regis meets the people behind TheConspiracy in a fancy restaurant serving human meat... though he is assured that is only meat taken from brainless, fast-grown clones who where never actually alive, making it all perfectly legal. Regis is still understandably quite {{squick}}ed out about the whole thing, especially when he has a look in the kitchen and sees partially cut-apart human bodies on display in the freezer.]]



* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Embryos]]: [[spoiler:Regis is being blackmailed by someone holding him and Vicky's frozen embryos hostage, which both represents a threat against the his only chance of having children of his own and one of the last things he has left of Vicky. Both Regis and his blackmailer compares it to effectively keeping his legacy hostage]].

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* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Embryos]]: IHaveYourWife: [[spoiler:Regis is being blackmailed by someone holding him and Vicky's frozen embryos hostage, which both represents a threat against the his only chance of having children of his own and one of the last things he has left of Vicky. Both Regis and his blackmailer compares compare it to effectively keeping his legacy hostage]].



* {{NEET}}: According to Central, Latha has clocked in 65,717 hours into Trance. That's seven and a half years!

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* {{NEET}}: According to Central, Latha has clocked in 65,717 hours into Trance. That's seven and a half years!years! In the opening scene, she makes it clear she coasts on basic assistance on purpose because anything more would distract from the Trance, and only comes out if she absolutely needs to.



* VerbalTic: Oh my, yes!
* WelcomeToCorneria: Averted with the in-game phone. Dialing random numbers gives you hundreds of different responses, ranging from "sorry, wrong number" to business answering machines to referencing {{Literature/TheRing}}.

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* VerbalTic: Oh The android customer service rep constantly says "Oh my, yes!
yes!"
* WelcomeToCorneria: Averted with the in-game phone. Dialing random numbers gives you hundreds of different responses, ranging from "sorry, wrong number" to business answering machines to referencing {{Literature/TheRing}}.''Literature/TheRing''.



* WhiteAndGreyMorality: There is, strictly speaking, only one person who can truly be defined as gratuitously evil in the storyline, and he isn't a crucial part of the plot - indeed, he only gets a few lines. Every other negatively-slanted character is moved by various degrees of [[WellIntentionedExtremist extremism]] or is simply a mercenary.

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* WhiteAndGreyMorality: WhiteAndGreyMorality:
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There is, strictly speaking, only one person who can truly be defined as gratuitously evil in the storyline, and he isn't a crucial part of the plot - -- indeed, he only gets a few lines. Every other negatively-slanted character is moved by various degrees of [[WellIntentionedExtremist extremism]] or is simply a mercenary.
26th Nov '17 1:04:47 PM SpectralTime
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* AssholeVictim: One of the victims of the Mindjacker is [[spoiler:Evan Baxter, former colleague of Regis and Vicky's murderer.]] ''No one'' expresses any amount of grief over his murder, and one person who knew him even remarks that she's glad he's dead.
** [[spoiler:Galatea in one of the endings]].

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* AssholeVictim: One of the victims of the Mindjacker is [[spoiler:Evan Baxter, former colleague of Regis and Vicky's murderer.]] ''No one'' expresses any amount of grief over his murder, and one person who knew him even remarks that she's glad he's dead.
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dead. [[spoiler:Galatea also meets a horrible fate]] in one of the endings]].endings, but seeing as how all the bad things during the game were more-or-less her fault...



* [[BrainComputerInterface Brain-Computer Interface]]: Rather than a mechanical plug, people join other systems by coating them in their own organic wetware to establish a connection
* [[BrainUploading Brain Uploading]]: Carried out against his victims' wills by the Mindjacker.

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* [[BrainComputerInterface Brain-Computer Interface]]: BrainComputerInterface: Rather than a mechanical plug, people join other systems by coating them in their own organic wetware to establish a connection
* [[BrainUploading Brain Uploading]]: BrainUploading: Carried out against his victims' wills by the Mindjacker.



* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: [[spoiler:Regis, Vargas, Chigwa, Baxter and Nina were all part of the same project to create Central]]

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* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: [[spoiler:Regis, Vargas, Chigwa, Baxter Baxter, and Nina were all part of the same project to create Central]]Central.]]



* HeelFaceBrainwashing: When Lao meets the VirtualGhost of [[spoiler: Baxter later in the game]], he turns out to be a decent, pleasant person, since the Mindjacker has [[spoiler: ripped out his vengeful feelings towards Regis]], and even asks her to apologize on his behalf. [[spoiler: Later, he tries to prevent Latha's mind from being destroyed in the finale.]]

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* HeelFaceBrainwashing: When At the start of the game, Baxter is being released from prison, despite his crimes, but fitted with a Governor in his body that will cause him to collapse and begin puking whenever he starts having negative, violent thoughts. Then, when Lao meets the VirtualGhost of [[spoiler: Baxter later in the game]], he turns out to be a decent, pleasant person, since the Mindjacker has [[spoiler: ripped out his vengeful feelings towards Regis]], and even asks her to apologize on his behalf. [[spoiler: Later, he tries to prevent Latha's mind from being destroyed in the finale.]]
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