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* Evie, your coworker. An immigrant from Learis concerned about rising xenophobia and inaccessibility of healthcare. Also a potential love interest.

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* Evie, Evelyn "Evie" Rivera, your coworker. An immigrant from Learis concerned about rising xenophobia and inaccessibility of healthcare. Also a potential love interest.



Furthermore, completing the game once unlocks another character: Helene, a police officer who you can help solve a [[MurderMystery murder]]. If you help her, she opens up to you about her struggles with PTSD and her personal doubts about the police career.

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Furthermore, completing the game once unlocks another character: Helene, a police officer who you can help solve a [[MurderMystery murder]].{{murder|Mystery}}. If you help her, she opens up to you about her struggles with PTSD and her personal doubts about the police career.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The Steam achievement for completing Day 10 says "My god, what have you done...?"

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* OrderVersusChaos: Prime Minister Wolff, who seeks to stabilize and strengthen Novistan at the cost of privacy and freedom, versus the Truthtellers, who seek to bring down Wolff even if it destroys Novistan society.

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* FictionalDisability: Modification Rejection Sickness, or [=MRS=], is a condition where a person's cells reject their gene-mods similarly to an auto-immune disorder. Without proper medication, this can cause permanent organ damage.


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* TheSociopath: You can at least come across as one in your conversation with the brown-coat, saying you have no loved ones. The brown-coat will even say as much.
--> '''Brown-coat''': Motherfu-...they didn't brief me for a sociopath.

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* RobotBuddy: You can adopt a surveillance drone.

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* BombThrowingAnarchists: Depending on your choices, you might the streets flooded with them as they throw molotovs at everything in sight.


* AuthorTract: Notably, the game manages to avoid soapboxing on any of the political issues you are presented with- every side has its benefits and consequences, but being a wishy-washy centrist doesn't get you anywhere either. It is, however, rather [[Anvilicious heavy-handed]] when it comes to the message about the power and responsibility of news media.

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* AuthorTract: Notably, the game manages to avoid soapboxing on any of the political issues you are presented with- every side has its benefits and consequences, but being a wishy-washy centrist doesn't get you anywhere either. It is, however, rather [[Anvilicious heavy-handed]] {{Anvilicious}} when it comes to the message about the power and responsibility of news media.



* LoveTriangle: Part of [[spoiler:Monika's]] motivation for killing Sofia in the murder-mystery sidequest was that [[spoiler:Monika loved Sofia's boyfriend and thought they could be together if [[MurderTheHypotenuse Sofia was out of the picture]]]].



* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can also leave Justin to wallow in depression and substance abuse, possibly causing him to fatally overdose. For Evie, you can get her deported by stirring up anti-Learian sentiment, or be so verbally abusive to her that you get the achievement "True Hate" for making her hate you. Rudy gets it worst of all: it's possible to start out being supportive of [=BetterBuzz=], recommend he sells it, wait until he converts his store to sell it... then switch your stance and turn the public against [=BetterBuzz=], leading to his store being ''burned down''. You get the achievement "Bad Blood"... along with a nice little WhatTheHellPlayer speech from Rudy.

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* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can also leave Justin to wallow in depression and substance abuse, possibly causing him to fatally overdose. For Evie, you can get her deported by stirring up anti-Learian sentiment, or be so verbally abusive to her that you get the achievement "True Hate" for making her hate you. Rudy gets it worst of all: it's possible to start out being supportive of [=BetterBuzz=], recommend he sells it, wait until he converts his store to sell it... then switch your stance and turn the public against [=BetterBuzz=], leading to his store being ''burned down''.down, and his daughter's death from being trapped inside''. You get the achievement "Bad Blood"... along with a nice little WhatTheHellPlayer speech from Rudy.


* Evie, your coworker. An immigrant from Learia concerned about rising xenophobia and inaccessibility of healthcare. Also a potential love interest.

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* Evie, your coworker. An immigrant from Learia Learis concerned about rising xenophobia and inaccessibility of healthcare. Also a potential love interest.



Furthermore, completing the game once unlocks another character: Helene, a police officer who you can help solve a [[MurderMystery murder]]. If you help her, she opens up to you about her struggles with PTSD and her personal doubts about the police career.



Compare with VideoGame/PapersPlease and VideoGame/NotTonight, other games with relatively simple mechanics, a dystopian setting, and tough moral choices.

'''Due to the ButterflyEffect nature of the game, where almost all possible events are determined by the player's decisions, spoilers abound for consequences of actions. Beware!'''

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Compare with VideoGame/PapersPlease and VideoGame/NotTonight, other games with relatively simple mechanics, a dystopian near-modern setting, and tough moral choices.

'''Due to the ButterflyEffect nature of the game, where almost all possible events are determined by the player's decisions, unmarked spoilers abound for consequences of actions. Beware!'''



* AssassinationAttempt: If you take an anti-government stance, PM Wolff will announce his intent to give a live speech. Then you will be contacted by some mysterious figures who give you a story alleging that [[GovernmentConspiracy the government created the plague to specifically target Learian gene-mods in order to have an excuse to go after Learia]]. If you publish this article, Wolff will be fatally shot at his speech. (If you don't, he'll be impeached anyway, since it's too late to turn public opinion towards him).

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* AssassinationAttempt: If you take an anti-government stance, PM Wolff will announce his intent to give a live speech. Then you will be contacted by some mysterious figures who give you a story alleging that [[GovernmentConspiracy the government created the plague to specifically target Learian gene-mods in order to have an excuse to go after Learia]].Learis]]. If you publish this article, Wolff will be fatally shot at his speech. (If you don't, he'll be impeached anyway, since it's too late to turn public opinion towards him).



* AuthorTract: Notably, the game manages to avoid soapboxing on any of the political issues you are presented with- every side has its benefits and consequences, but being a wishy-washy centrist doesn't get you anywhere either. It is, however, rather [[Anvilicious heavy-handed]] when it comes to the message about the power and responsibility of news media.



* BlandNameProduct: Several characters make reference to in-universe media: the video games [[VideoGame/AngryBirds Happy Pigs]], [[VideoGame/PapersPlease Scissors Please]] and [[VideoGame/NightInTheWoods Day in the Forest]], and the television series [[Series/GameOfThrones Game of Thorns]].



** The first time you enter Rudy's store, Ada will confront you and say that she knows all the timelines you've ruined. She then tells you "You're just as biased as the rest" and "You're not a good person, [character name]".

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** The first time you enter Rudy's store, Ada will confront you and say that she knows about all the timelines you've ruined.ruined (i.e. game playthroughs). She then tells you "You're just as biased as the rest" and "You're not a good person, [character name]".


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* MotiveEqualsConclusiveEvidence: In the murder-mystery sidequest, all you need to do is assemble who had the best motive for killing Sofia. Report this to the cop, and the next day she will gleefully inform you that they found some more circumstantial evidence, and then [[spoiler:Monika]] immediately confessed upon receiving a visit from the police.


* BreakingTheFourthWall: At the end of a run, you get a note on your desk that comments on how you did, and also addresses you by your computer system's username. This trope really kicks in, though, on repeat playthroughs:

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: At the end of a run, you get a note on your desk that comments on how you did, and also addresses you by your computer system's username. This trope really kicks in, though, on repeat playthroughs:your 2nd playthrough:


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** There's more of this in the same vein in your third playthrough, but then things go back to normal for the 4th+ playthrough. Presumably the developer decided it was better to let players have more tries at guiding the fate of Novistan without being constantly reminded of their past actions.


* BreakingTheFourthWall: At the end of a run, you get a note on your desk that comments on how you did, and also addresses you by your computer system's username.
** Also, Ada (Rudy's daughter) will sometimes talk to you on repeat playthroughs and "judge" you based on the worlds you created.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: At the end of a run, you get a note on your desk that comments on how you did, and also addresses you by your computer system's username.
** Also, Ada (Rudy's daughter) will sometimes talk to you
username. This trope really kicks in, though, on repeat playthroughs playthroughs:
** Various characters will reference the fact that you're not the first Headliner. Justin tells you the definition of insanity (trying the same thing over
and "judge" over expecting different results), theorizes about a comedy routine about someone reliving the same two weeks, and says that he hopes things will be better "this time". Evie says that you based remind her of someone she knew "a long time ago". Your Boss mentions that he doesn't want to talk about the last Headliner and how they left.
** The first time you enter Rudy's store, Ada will confront you and say that she knows all the timelines you've ruined. She then tells you "You're just as biased as the rest" and "You're not a good person, [character name]".
** The opening text is changed:
-->A man behind a glass screen pulls the string of Novistan. Some have suffered, some have succeeded. But there was no one to judge. What if they could do it all over again? Would they make the same choices?
** In addition, the radio show host (Frank) combines this with a bit of self-deprecation
on the worlds you created.developer's part:
-->I recently learned about the theory that our world is a simulation. What if we are all made by some sad manchild, drinking coffee and typing his days away? Hmm... I suppose his life is more depressing than ours, dear listener.


->''"Control the news, control the truth"''

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->''"Control the news, control news. Control the truth"'' truth."''



* Justin, your brother. An aspiring comedian struggling with depression and anxiety. An optional side quest involves you helping him get back on his feet and find success in a comedy career.

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* Justin, your brother. An aspiring comedian struggling with depression and anxiety. An optional side quest involves you helping him get back on his feet and find success in a comedy career.


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* BreakingTheFourthWall: At the end of a run, you get a note on your desk that comments on how you did, and also addresses you by your computer system's username.
** Also, Ada (Rudy's daughter) will sometimes talk to you on repeat playthroughs and "judge" you based on the worlds you created.


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* PropagandaMachine: Going heavily pro-Wolff will lead you to be hired for one of these, earning the achievement "Minister of Information".


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* ReplayValue: Completing a playthrough grants you the ability to participate in a murder-mystery sidequest on subsequent runs.
* SexyDiscretionShot: If you build a good relationship with Evie, she'll come to your apartment on Day 14. You share a drink, then the screen fades to black and she says "Oh, [player name]...".


''Headliner: [=NoviNews=]'' is a 2018 indie point-and-click game made by Unbound Creations.

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''Headliner: [=NoviNews=]'' is a 2018 indie point-and-click point-and-click/visual novel game made by Unbound Creations.


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You are the newly-hired Headliner of [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture [=NoviNews=]]], the most influential newspaper in Novistan. Every day, you get a stack of articles, and choose which ones get in the paper and which ones don't. Simple, right? Well, not exactly, because Novistan is a country with lots of hot topics. From a xenophobic Prime Minister to fears over new [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic modifications]], from national-vs.-private-healthcare debates to a new artificial alcohol named BetterBuzz, everyone is looking to your paper for information. And every article you publish- or don't- will have consequences on the population's attitude.

After work each day, you walk a few blocks back to your apartment. Along the way, the streets reflect how things are going- stir up opposition to the government and you'll see protests, support increased police presence and [[SurveillanceDrone drones]] will be whizzing by. There are a few characters that you can talk to each day:

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You are the newly-hired Headliner of [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture [=NoviNews=]]], the most influential newspaper in Novistan. Every day, you get a stack of articles, and choose which ones get in the paper and which ones don't. Simple, right? Well, not exactly, because Novistan is a country with lots of hot topics. From a xenophobic and controversial Prime Minister to fears over new [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic modifications]], modification technology]], from national-vs.-private-healthcare debates to a new artificial alcohol named BetterBuzz, [=BetterBuzz=], everyone is looking to your paper for information. And every article you publish- or don't- will have consequences on the population's attitude.

After work each day, you walk a few blocks back to your apartment. Along the way, the streets reflect how things are going- stir up opposition to the government and you'll see protests, support increased police presence and [[SurveillanceDrone drones]] will be whizzing by.by, and so on. There are a few characters that you can talk to each day:



If you haven't guessed already, the game heavily focuses on MultipleEndings. The game itself is relatively short, taking place over 14 days, but multiple replays are needed to see all the different routes that unfold from taking different stances on issues. Any given ending is simply made up of how each character fared, the country's position, as well as the Headliner's fate. There is no GoldenEnding, fitting for a game about complex political issues... but there a more than a few [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential bad ones]].

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If you haven't guessed already, the game heavily focuses on MultipleEndings. The game itself is relatively short, taking place over 14 days, but multiple replays are needed to see all the different routes that unfold from taking different stances on issues. Any given ending is simply made up of how each character fared, the country's position, as well as and the Headliner's fate. There is no GoldenEnding, fitting for a game about complex political issues... but there a are more than a few [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential bad ones]].



Due to the ButterflyEffect nature of the game, spoilers abound for consequences of actions. Beware!

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Due '''Due to the ButterflyEffect nature of the game, where almost all possible events are determined by the player's decisions, spoilers abound for consequences of actions. Beware!
Beware!'''



* {{Dystopia}]: Debatable at the beginning, but you can certainly turn Novistan into one.

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* {{Dystopia}]: {{Dystopia}}: Debatable at the beginning, but you can certainly turn Novistan into one.



* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can also leave Justin to wallow in depression and substance abuse, possibly causing him to fatally overdose. For Evie, you can get her deported due to anti-Learian sentiment, or be so verbally abusive to her that you get the achievement "True Hate" for making her hate you. Rudy gets it worst of all: it's possible to start out being supportive of [=BetterBuzz=], recommend he sells it, wait until he converts his store to sell it... then switch your stance and turn the public against [=BetterBuzz=], leading to his store being ''burned down''. You get the achievement "Bad Blood"... along with a nice little YouMonster speech from Rudy.

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* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can also leave Justin to wallow in depression and substance abuse, possibly causing him to fatally overdose. For Evie, you can get her deported due to by stirring up anti-Learian sentiment, or be so verbally abusive to her that you get the achievement "True Hate" for making her hate you. Rudy gets it worst of all: it's possible to start out being supportive of [=BetterBuzz=], recommend he sells it, wait until he converts his store to sell it... then switch your stance and turn the public against [=BetterBuzz=], leading to his store being ''burned down''. You get the achievement "Bad Blood"... along with a nice little YouMonster WhatTheHellPlayer speech from Rudy.


You are the newly-hired Headliner of [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture [=NoviNews=]]], the most influential newspaper in Novistan. Every day, you get a stack of articles, and choose which ones get in the paper and which ones don't. Simple, right? Well, not exactly, because [[Dystopia Novistan]] is a country with lots of hot topics. From a xenophobic Prime Minister to fears over new [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic modifications]], from national-vs.-private-healthcare debates to a new artificial alcohol named BetterBuzz, everyone is looking to your paper for information. And every article you publish- or don't- will have consequences on the population's attitude.

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You are the newly-hired Headliner of [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture [=NoviNews=]]], the most influential newspaper in Novistan. Every day, you get a stack of articles, and choose which ones get in the paper and which ones don't. Simple, right? Well, not exactly, because [[Dystopia Novistan]] Novistan is a country with lots of hot topics. From a xenophobic Prime Minister to fears over new [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic modifications]], from national-vs.-private-healthcare debates to a new artificial alcohol named BetterBuzz, everyone is looking to your paper for information. And every article you publish- or don't- will have consequences on the population's attitude.



* Boss, your boss at [=NoviNews=]. Each morning, he evaluates your performance the previous day, and gives advice on how to proceed.

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* Boss, your boss at [=NoviNews=].(obviously). Each morning, he evaluates your performance the previous day, and gives advice on how to proceed. \n Concerned with the paper's success rather than any issues.



If you haven't guessed already, the game heavily focuses on MultipleEndings. The game itself is relatively short, taking place over 14 days, but multiple replays are needed to see all the different routes that unfold from taking different stances on issues. Any given ending is simply made up of how each character fared, as well as the Headliner's fate. There is no GoldenEnding, fitting for a game about complex political issues... but there a more than a few [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential bad ones]].

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If you haven't guessed already, the game heavily focuses on MultipleEndings. The game itself is relatively short, taking place over 14 days, but multiple replays are needed to see all the different routes that unfold from taking different stances on issues. Any given ending is simply made up of how each character fared, the country's position, as well as the Headliner's fate. There is no GoldenEnding, fitting for a game about complex political issues... but there a more than a few [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential bad ones]].


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* AnAesop: It is very easy for news media to manipulate "the truth" by selectively presenting information. Political issues are complex, multi-faceted things, and "taking a side" isn't always as simple as it seems.


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* {{Dystopia}]: Debatable at the beginning, but you can certainly turn Novistan into one.


''Headliner: NoviNews'' is a 2018 indie point-and-click game made by Unbound Creations.

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''Headliner: NoviNews'' [=NoviNews=]'' is a 2018 indie point-and-click game made by Unbound Creations.



** It can also happen to ''you'' if you choose to support Wolff's government. The brown-coats will try to get you to change your stance... and then eventually they'll try to shut you up. You will be saved if you adopted the drone and treated it well or if you also supported heavy police presence.



* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: The browncoats (anti-government organization) who sometimes approach you in the street. If you get Prime Minister Wolff out of office, his replacement is noted to wear the same brown coat...
* ThePlague: A central issue is a new virus that seems to only affect people with genetic modifications. Although it isn't shown to have any consequences beyond intense vomiting, it serves as a major source of fear for the populace.

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* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: The browncoats brown-coats (anti-government organization) who sometimes approach you in the street. If you get Prime Minister Wolff out of office, his replacement is noted to wear the same brown coat...
* ThePlague: A central issue is a new virus that seems to only affect people with genetic modifications. Although it isn't shown to have any consequences beyond intense vomiting, it serves as a major source of fear for the populace.people.


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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Things in Novistan are pretty much the same as today, apart from the prolific drones (both police and recreational), never-explained gene-modifying techniques, and synthetic alcohol.

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