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  • Accidentally Correct Writing:
    • The New York City skyline background is missing the Twin Towers. This was due to technical limitations, but the explanation the developers gave is that they were destroyed in a terrorist attack some time in the game's past. This may have been an educated guess on their part, as the World Trade Center had been the target of a terrorist bombing back in 1993, but not nearly on a large enough scale to actually topple any of the buildings. As well, terrorism is a large part of the game's plot, so that explanation fits within the mythology, too.
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    • In the mission where you save someone from a gas station, you can see the prices. At the time it may have represented something far off, as gas prices were on average about $1.20 and the game depicted gas prices at $3.58, for regular. Cue 10-12 years later after the game's release and that's exactly where those gas prices are.
    • One article found at the very beginning of the game tells readers to keep an eye out for terrorists and report any suspicious activities. The messages are clearly intended to be alarming signs of the dystopian state of the current government, both in the fear mongering "everyone can be a terrorist" message used to scare everyone into accepting the big-brother level of control the government has, and in the invasion of privacy advocated by suggesting a through background search on anyone who is a foreigner or spent too much time on the net. Thus it's rather shocking how close this came to actual suggestions put out shortly after 9/11 for 'how to spot a terrorist'. What should one think when their own government is now repeating word for word the dystopian messages were told to watch out for?
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    • The in-game subplot revolving around the world's failed attempts to handle a deadly plague-like disease that has gotten rapidly out-of-control feels eerie in light of the outbreak of Ebola in 2014. The Ebola outbreak was declared by the World Health Organization to have been contained in January 2016... but then came the Zika virus outbreak in that same year...
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: It's "Icarus found you!", not "Icarus has found you!".
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  • Serendipity Writes the Plot:
    • The Unreal Engine at the time would not have been able to handle a fully-rendered city, causing the creators to box in the Paris and New York levels and justify it with a lock-down due to terrorists for the former, and a way to separate ghettos and other high crime areas for the latter.
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    • One rather infamous example is the lack of the Twin Towers in the NYC skyline. Due to memory issues, the part with them in it was cut out, and the developers justified it by saying they were destroyed in a terrorist attack prior to the game.
  • Talking to Himself: JC and his brother Paul share the same voice actor. This makes perfect sense, really. As do the Triad leaders in Hong Kong, and given the number of NPC conversations that you can listen in on and the cast sheet, it's possible that some of these qualify.
  • Technology Marches On: A few (minor) examples here and there. The developers thought that newspapers would still be around in the 2050s. Given how badly things have been going for them now, they'll be lucky to last out the current decade.
    • You can still find pay phones here and there. Granted, they are all out of order, but in Real Life, you are lucky to find one that is still hooked up.
    • What's interesting is one of the few things the game did predict completely right about future-tech. One in-game article mentions the 2050 World Cup was broadcast over the net, over 7 or 8 years before streaming shows over the internet became common.
    • Another, more subtle example: at one point in the game, a nano augmented character is getting a lecture about not letting their batteries completely drain before recharging them, implying that engineers from the future have never heard of Lithium-Ion batteries (Lithium-Ion batteries weren't practical for consumer electronics until the mid-2000's).
  • What Could Have Been: Has its own sub-page.
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