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[personal profile] xyzzysqrl
Man it's gonna be tough to talk about this one.

2064: Read Only Memories is a very Japanese-style adventure game, in the tradition of games like Policenauts and Snatcher as well as many older games that just never got translated here in any way. The thing about this style of adventure is that you usually get a very limited set of verbs and a plot that's strongly on a rail.

This is the case with 2064, which gives you Look/Use/Talk and your inventory and limits the puzzles and interactions a fair bit. You CAN however address various characters with different tones, and the game tracks these for varying purposes. By the ending you can phone up quite a storm if you're the talkative type.

At least 2064 doesn't make you Think About / Look At / Think About every single damn thing on screen like SOME Japanese adventure games do.

Actually the plot and characters are really what you're here for. Like, resign yourself to the fact that you're gonna Touch/Talk/Look At/Use Every Item On Every Item all the way through the game for the funny remarks and just settle in to enjoy the story.

As it opens you are a reporter of whatever gender you like...

(pronouns are selectable/customizable and people call you what you want to be called and that is a THING y'know? That's just a nice goddamn thing they did right there)

...and you are working on some gadget reviews. As you try to sleep, a robot crawls in your window. The robot's name is Turing, they are the first sentient AI, and they need your help.

From there it gets quite cyberpunk indeed: Illegal backroom modifications, shifty public corporations with a dirty underside, everyone playing not quite by the book. Written with a genuine degree of heart and soul but ... even that's not why I loved this game I realize suddenly.

I loved this game because it felt like being in a world where humanity would continue to grow. The relationships are gay or bi or who knows, whatever, I don't know what one character's gender IS and it never actually felt like it mattered because they were a person.

(I have seen people call this game excessively queer with a social justice agenda to which I can only say A: Good, B: Fuck you, and C: It takes place IN NEO-SAN FRANCISCO AND ONE OF THE FIRST PLACES YOU GO IS THE DAMN CASTRO DISTRICT PLEASE SEE POINT B AGAIN.)

People call you what you want to be called. Genetic hybrids wander the city and fight for acceptance, but they're making slow progress. Corporations continue to be corporations but people do their best to find the upsides. Everyone is really into a particular soda and wants you to know about it.

I dunno, this game felt WARM. This SETTING feels warm. Between this and its sister game Va-11 Hall-A I want to LIVE in this damn universe.

After the game ended and dropped me into Eternal Christmas, my reporter-avatar lady went out to an arcade and played some kart racing games, then wound up at a bar that makes you crawl over a conveyor belt so everyone enters as equals. She had a good time talking to a wolf in a halloween costume of a wolf ("It seemed like a fun idea at the time") but had no real interest in alcohol. After a lot of chatting with the bar owner and a couple of cosplayers, she flirted with a growly lion fellow who shyly revealed he liked being tied up.

That's how Ms. Xyzzy's story ends. In the days leading up to the holiday, she helped usher in a new age, she stared death and anime in the face, she drank all the flavors of Hassy and both prevented AND provoked a riot... and Christmas Day she spent wrapping up a lion guy. I mean, it would TAKE Christmas to get me to top, but escapist fantasy I guess.

Just another day in Neo-San Francisco.

Date: 2017-06-25 04:30 am (UTC)
kjorteo: Portrait of Celine looking pretty and feminine, complete with sparkles. (Celine: Pretty)
From: [personal profile] kjorteo
While I don't think I'm actually going to dig into it for real until I get through a few more things on the to-do list, I will note from a cursory five-minute peek at Welcome to Moreytown that it gives you some pretty refreshing identity options as well.

On top of picking your species, you can be male, female, or "it's more complicated...." The first two just kind of go with that and the line of questioning ends there, while the third the third leads to a second option tree of "... but I identify as male" / "... but I identify as female" / "... but I have another gender entirely." The third one on that leads to a text entry box for gender and another fairly generous multiple-choice tree for pronouns. And this all comes after it gets your sexuality by asking you to fill in the blanks about that time you were having a bad day so you looked to meet (a sexy man / a sexy woman / a sexy person, gender irrelevant / actually you're not really interested in that and would prefer to just hang out and talk) to take your mind off things.

I like this trend and I'm now strongly tempted to let Moreytown cut in line at least a couple places (and possibly add Va-11 Hall-A and 2064 to the list somewhere) to support it.

Date: 2017-06-25 03:55 pm (UTC)
kjorteo: Screenshot from Cho Aniki, of a macho-camp bodybuilder with fairy wings and antennae. (Cho Aniki)
From: [personal profile] kjorteo
Funny how not being a straight cis dude suddenly makes one more aware of games that let you be something other than a straight cis dude.

Date: 2017-06-25 09:36 pm (UTC)
kjorteo: Screenshot from Werewolf: The Last Warrior, of the titular Werewolf next to a sign that says "Don't Knock". (Don't Knock)
From: [personal profile] kjorteo
I am still pretty much convinced that I turned into a furry because of a steady diet of games like Werewolf (oh hey my icon), Wolfchild, Dragon Spirit, etc. repeatedly drilling the point into my head that if you're a human and can turn into something else, that something else is better in every measurable way. More power, extra moves, etc. So yeah that was always, always a thing. Hell, if you count characters that were more fursuiting than all-out transformation, this possibly goes back all the way to Mario 3 and Little Nemo.

Now, being a girl in games... didn't used to happen. Usually only in extreme cases (like I was a female Tauren in the WoW beta because I took one look at the males and I mean there's bulky and there's BLIZZARD SIZED.) I think the first time I can recall being a girl when I could have been a guy was in Jade Empire, and I honestly can't remember why I did that. I guess there must have been something wrong with the guy options since this was back before... everything, but I can't remember what.

But wow am I more aware after said everything.

Date: 2017-06-26 04:05 am (UTC)
tuftears: Lynx Wynx (Wynx)
From: [personal profile] tuftears
I quite enjoyed ROM. ^_^ Catgrrl was cute. Bitey, but cute.

Date: 2017-06-26 01:42 pm (UTC)
tuftears: Lynx Wynx (Wynx)
From: [personal profile] tuftears
Yeah, this is true. I just think of it as innate *cat*. :)

As [personal profile] rowyn puts it, "protagonistsexual" means whatever their normal orientation, most (Bioware) characters can be persuaded to love the protagonist - Jess doesn't do that.

Date: 2017-06-26 10:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renegadefolkhero
I had trouble getting into it, but this post makes me want to try it again. I do remember having some gripe about interface/clicking but probably I just need to be more patient.

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