Detroit: Become Human tackles civil rights without a grasp of history

Connor in Detroit: Become Human

Detroit: Become Human exemplifies the delicate, albeit not backhanded, praise of, “They mean well.” Perhaps director and lead writer David Cage, whose work at his studio Quantic Dream is best defined as “foreign-made, interactive interpretations of maudlin Hollywood drama,” focused on themes as heady as prejudice, discrimination, social inequality and domestic abuse in the hopes […]

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Mike Bithell’s Quarantine Circular is a fantastic conversation with an alien

Quarantine Circular - Teng Lui talking to alien

Text adventures like Quarantine Circular, the latest from indie developer Mike Bithell, present a tantalizing future for video games. It presents dialogue as a genuine plaything, a tremendously exciting notion. Sure, we are still a long way from rendering the possibilities of speech in terms of believable simulation, and Quarantine Circular demonstrates the current limitations […]

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