Analogue: A Hate Story

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Analogue: A Hate Story is a visual novel in the style of many Japanese titles in the same genre . It was first published on the author's website and then on the gaming service Steam. The game tells an interactive story of transhumanism, traditional marriage, loneliness, and cosplay. The journey through the final section of the history of a generation spaceship before its failure. The two major characters you interact with in the story are the ships two remaining AI, an archivist AI named *Hyun-ae and a security AI named *Mute, the two ask the player vastly different questions and give entirely different views on the fall of the generation ship. The player is tasked with finding the truth of the tale by listening to both AI as well as building a sort of relationship with them and can end the story at any time by downloading what data they have and leaving the ship to its final fate, however this presents us with the worst of the possible endings. The choices the player makes throughout the story also affect the sequel of the work Hate Plus continuing the interactive work to show another section of the generationships story and gives more insight into the AI themselves. The game also features more traditional gaming segments where the player must solve puzzles in order to continue the story using a console system similar to modern computers the ending of which locks the player into one of the two AIs paths for the rest of the story, though a third alternate path is possible if the player knows specific keywords to unlock specific conversations early though this would require the player to either have researched the game before playing or have played the game before. The story itself keeps the player engaged by asking questions about the themselves and while the story is primarily about the history of this space ship, some might say the true story is the player and their burgeoning relationship with *Hyun-ae and *Mute

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Kris Kepner