History VideoGame / ToTheMoon

14th Aug '17 3:14:01 AM hitmonkey
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A second minisode was released on the 18th February 2015. The minisodes are also planned to soon be accessible in-game as free DLC.

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A second minisode was released on the 18th February 2015. The minisodes are also planned to soon be accessible in-game as free DLC.
22nd Jul '17 5:52:40 AM corruptmalemenace
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* CannotSpitItOut: [[spoiler: When River realizes that John has forgotten about their first meeting, she tries reminding him. However, because of her condition, she is incapable of properly explaining the entire situation. This is the reason why she starts making the many paper rabbits.]]

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* CannotSpitItOut: CannotSpitItOut:
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[[spoiler: When River realizes that John has forgotten about their first meeting, she tries reminding him. However, because of her condition, she is incapable of properly explaining the entire situation. This is the reason why she starts making the many paper rabbits.]]]]
** Eva seems to have a thing for being cryptic for its own sake (although, granted, so does Neil to a lesser extent, leading them to at one point have a conversation about Asperger's Syndrome where neither of them ever actually say "Asperger's"). It comes back to bite her at the climax when her failure to explain her full plan to Neil causes him to turn on her.



** The [[spoiler: bottle of pills]] that Eva tosses out of the car when she's looking for something to carry the roadkill with, along with Neil's urgent running off in that scene, turns out to be part of a SequelHook of sorts at the very end. [[spoiler: Neil is ill, possibly dying, apparently needs to take those pills regularly, and he doesn't want Eva to know...]]



%%* DreamLand
%%* DreamMelody: "For River" becomes one.

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%%* DreamLand
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* DreamLand: Most of the game takes place in a world built out of Johnny's hazy memories. In the third act, this changes to a fantasy world extrapolated wholly from a combination of public data and Johnny's beliefs.
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DreamMelody: "For River" becomes one.one. Originally encountered as a tune on Johnny's piano in the real world, we later hear Johnny play it for River in a memory, and then, when his memories are changed, he still remembers it enough to play it for an audience of NASA workers.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Neil starts as a rather sarcastic guy who doesn't seem to take things seriously... [[spoiler: until the end, when he is confronted with deleting River from Johnny's memories. He then shows how much he cares for Johnny and River's happiness, and is actually not so cynical.]]

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
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Neil starts as a rather sarcastic guy who doesn't seem to take things seriously... [[spoiler: until the end, when he is confronted with deleting River from Johnny's memories. He then shows how much he cares for Johnny and River's happiness, and is actually not so cynical.]]
** Eva appears to be an aloof killjoy who abuses her coworker (insulting him and forcing[=/=]tricking him into eating a foodstuff he hates), enjoys being cryptic to the point where she'd rather attack a man with computer-generated zombies than let him in on the full details of her plan, and takes a huge risk with her client's happiness in order to avoid a lawsuit... [[spoiler: but when it looks like her secret plan failed and she really ''has'' erased River from Johnny's memories, she seems genuinely upset and apologises to Neil, and it's her idea to let Johnny's caretakers into his memories (implicitly against protocol) so they can see him happy before he dies.
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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Neil adopts this attitude when [[spoiler: he learns that the only way to fulfil their contractual duties is to screw with Johnny's memories of River]].


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* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Neil and Eva are legally bound to fulfil Johnny's last request to the best of their ability. Unfortunately, it eventually becomes clear that the only way to fulfil that request is to [[spoiler: remove all his current memories of his beloved late wife]]. They argue about what to do, with Eva advocating "lawful" and Neil advocating "good". In the end, [[spoiler: Johnny's subconscious belief that his wife would eventually find him anyway allows for a [[TakeAThirdOption Third Option]] of sorts, which Eva was secretly banking on]].
25th Mar '17 6:55:25 PM Thecommander236
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*** It's implied that Neil has seen so many morbid and depressing stories that he's developed the same love of DarkComedy that a lot of doctors, policeman, and other people who see traumatic scenes develop. [[spoiler:Given that he seems to be ill or even dying, his morbid demeanor and apathy may be a coping mechanism.]]
25th Mar '17 6:48:01 PM Thecommander236
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* InsaneTrollLogic: The art teacher in Johnny's childhood.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: The art teacher in Johnny's childhood.childhood though he might be joking...
23rd Mar '17 2:05:11 PM morenohijazo
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** During John and River's [[spoiler:real]] first meeting, River's first line is [[spoiler:"You're in my spot". Considering River's condition, it may be a reference to a CatchPhrase from [[Series/TheBigBangTheory a character from a TV show that's commonly thought of having the same condition as River.]]

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** During John and River's [[spoiler:real]] first meeting, River's first line is [[spoiler:"You're in my spot". Considering River's condition, it may be a reference to a CatchPhrase from [[Series/TheBigBangTheory a character from a TV show that's commonly thought of having the same condition as River.]]]]]]



* TheStinger: One with unpleasant implications, and a SequelHook. If you look carefully at Watts's sprite after the flash, [[spoiler:he's holding the bottle of painkillers, implying that he may be hiding a debilitating illness.]]



* TheStinger: One with unpleasant implications, and a SequelHook. If you look carefully at Watts's sprite after the flash, [[spoiler:he's holding the bottle of painkillers, implying that he may be hiding a debilitating illness.]]
23rd Mar '17 1:56:51 PM morenohijazo
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Added DiffLines:



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** During John and River's [[spoiler:real]] first meeting, River's first line is [[spoiler:"You're in my spot". Considering River's condition, it may be a reference to a CatchPhrase from [[Series/TheBigBangTheory a character from a TV show that's commonly thought of having the same condition as River.]]
21st Mar '17 6:03:16 PM Wuz
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'''To The Moon''' is an AdventureGame[=/=]VisualNovel designed by Canadian Chinese Kan Gao (of ''VideoGame/{{Quintessence}}'' fame) and developed by [[http://www.freebirdgames.com/to_the_moon/ Freebird Games.]] The OST, also by Gao, features [[VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies Laura Shigihara]].

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'''To The Moon''' is an AdventureGame[=/=]VisualNovel designed by Canadian Chinese Kan Gao (of ''VideoGame/{{Quintessence}}'' fame) and developed by [[http://www.freebirdgames.com/to_the_moon/ Freebird Games.]] The OST, also by Gao, features [[VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies Laura Shigihara]].
7th Mar '17 11:38:15 PM Little_BIG_Head
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* BittersweetEnding: In the end, [[spoiler:Johnny's memories are altered; he lives a full life with his brother still alive in his new memories, and he gets to fulfill his dream and promise. But he never actually did any of that, never truly remembered why he wanted to go to the moon, and his wife died knowing he never did. Also TheStinger shows Neil, clearly in some sort of pain, quickly taking some painkillers, giving dark implications to his own health...]]

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* BittersweetEnding: In the end, [[spoiler:Johnny's memories are altered; he lives a full life with his brother still alive in his new memories, and he gets to fulfill his dream and promise. But he never actually did any of that, never truly remembered why he wanted to go to the moon, and his wife died knowing he never did. Also TheStinger shows Neil, clearly in some sort of pain, quickly taking some painkillers, giving dark implications to his own health...]]
4th Mar '17 6:03:12 AM Wuz
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'''To The Moon''' is an AdventureGame[=/=]VisualNovel designed by Kan Gao (of ''VideoGame/{{Quintessence}}'' fame) and developed by [[http://www.freebirdgames.com/to_the_moon/ Freebird Games.]] The OST, also by Gao, features [[VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies Laura Shigihara]].

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'''To The Moon''' is an AdventureGame[=/=]VisualNovel designed by Canadian Chinese Kan Gao (of ''VideoGame/{{Quintessence}}'' fame) and developed by [[http://www.freebirdgames.com/to_the_moon/ Freebird Games.]] The OST, also by Gao, features [[VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies Laura Shigihara]].
22nd Feb '17 1:57:36 PM Ninja857142
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* AnAesop: [[spoiler:Most of what man aspires to achieve is done solely as means to reach another goal entirely. One should be careful to not sacrifice the end for the sake of means. Case in point, the very reason Johnny thought he wanted to go to the Moon was his metaphorical promise to River, and, without the memory of her, literally going to the Moon was meaningless. Johnny's true aspiration was his devotion to River, not to become an astronaut, so when his memories were rewritten, his true end was actually sacrificed for the sake of means. Fortunately, Johnny's subconscious desire results in River coming back in his rewritten memories anyways, and the last thing he remembers is them together.]]

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* AnAesop: AnAesop:
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[[spoiler:Most of what man aspires to achieve is done solely as means to reach another goal entirely. One should be careful to not sacrifice the end for the sake of means. Case in point, the very reason Johnny thought he wanted to go to the Moon was his metaphorical promise to River, and, without the memory of her, literally going to the Moon was meaningless. Johnny's true aspiration was his devotion to River, not to become an astronaut, so when his memories were rewritten, his true end was actually sacrificed for the sake of means. Fortunately, Johnny's subconscious desire results in River coming back in his rewritten memories anyways, and the last thing he remembers is them together.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:even if events happened long ago and were forgotten or followed by tragedy, it doesn't mean that those moments are meaningless or that they can't be appreciated. Although Johnny didn't remember his first meeting with River, it still resulted in their love and life together. Additionally, when Eva rewrites his memories to exclude River from his early life, Johnny still subconsciously wills her back, because he really cares for her more than the Moon.
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* ArtisticLicensePharmacology: Some [[spoiler:beta-blockers, especially propanolol]], are indeed used to treat [[spoiler:post-traumatic stress disorder]] (although the treatment is still considered experimental), but they usually do not induce [[spoiler:amnesia]] (what they do is more in the line of [[spoiler:allowing someone to relive a traumatic memory without experiencing the trauma]]).
** That said, memory-loss is a rare but possible side-effect by beta-blockers, however it's still a stretch that they were used in a deliberate and controlled way to cause the effect as the game implies.

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* ArtisticLicensePharmacology: Some [[spoiler:beta-blockers, especially propanolol]], are indeed used to treat [[spoiler:post-traumatic stress disorder]] (although the treatment is still considered experimental), but they usually do not induce [[spoiler:amnesia]] (what they do is more in the line of [[spoiler:allowing someone to relive a traumatic memory without experiencing the trauma]]).
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trauma]]). That said, memory-loss is a rare but possible side-effect by beta-blockers, however of beta-blockers; however, it's still a stretch that they were used in a deliberate and controlled way to cause the effect as the game implies.
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