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  • Telescopic To Microscopic: Handling Shifts In Scope

    [05.14.20]
    - James Patton

  • Everyone should get their day in court

    I also like how Silicon Dreams makes you study just one person, and displays them in front of you as if to say "Whatever you may think of them, this one single person deserves your attention". Spinnortality did the best it could by presenting you with an email. There, the logic was: if each email is an important, mandatory decision then the fact this email was sent by a single struggling individual means that their struggle is also noteworthy; attention must be paid to it for as long as this window is open.


    An email from a character you can get to know over the course of the game. I think of her as the game's "angry conscience".

    Will every character in Silicon Dreams be an entirely sympathetic person just doing their best, with no flaws or blemishes? I don't think so. But, in the same way that every defendant should have the right to a fair trial, no matter the crime, I think every subject in Silicon Dreams should be given the attention a human life deserves. Kronos Robotics thinks of its androids as disposable entities, robbing them of all recognition and validation. Even if we encounter some irredeemable characters, I think they still deserve our focus while they're in the interrogation chair.

    Do I think Silicon Dreams' perspective is "better" than Spinnortality's? No - it's vital to understand how the impenetrable systems that currently govern our world got there, and how they continue to operate. In my opinion every human being should understand how they got to where they are: which parts of that process were their own choice, and which were systems beyond their control - but in most cases still decided by someone, somewhere.

    But just as important is the opposite perspective: that, once we understand the forces that shape our world, we try to understand other people who have been shaped by those forces as well. I hope Silicon Dreams can do that.

    If you weren't already aware, Silicon Dreams is on Kickstarter by the way! Please go back it if you can: we think this game deserves the time and attention necessary for us to think through and design solutions to these ideas. 

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