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Leonid Sukhanov
Leonid Sukhanov

Detroit Become Human

Police investigator android Connor is sent by the CyberLife corporation to assist Detroit Police Department Lieutenant Hank Anderson, an alcoholic who hates androids.[38] In the course of their investigation into an outbreak of deviants,[39][40] they either develop a bond or enmity,[41][42][43] potentially resulting in Hank committing suicide.[44] During his hunt for Markus' group, Connor starts to deviate, but can also preserve his programming.[36][45] He eventually locates Jericho,[45][46] where he can become a deviant himself.[36] If he defects, Connor infiltrates CyberLife Tower and attempts to convert all androids there into deviants. This will result in an altercation with another "machine" Connor model, Connor-60, who may have Hank hostage depending on if he is alive. This can result in either Hank, Connor, or Connor-60's death. If not, he attempts to snipe Markus during the final protest, but is stopped by a SWAT team or Hank. If peace is achieved, Connor can choose whether or not to shoot Markus during a speech.[37]

Detroit Become Human

Detroit: Become Human reached fifth place on the UK chart after two days of release.[110] In its first week, the game topped both the overall sales and console sales charts. Though it sold fewer copies than Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain in that region, Cage and executive producer Guillaume de Fondaumière claimed Detroit: Become Human was the studio's most successful launch yet.[111][112][113] The NPD Group later confirmed it had a sales growth in excess of twenty percent over Heavy Rain.[114] It was the third best-selling video game overall, generating the third-most revenue in the US, and sold the most out of any title on the PlayStation Store in May 2018, having been available for six days.[115][116][117] The game released in Japan with 39,548 units (which rose to 56,480 after two weeks), second to Dark Souls: Remastered.[118][119] In the UK, the second week also saw it become the second best-selling video game (behind FIFA 18).[120]

Detroit: Become Human is based on Quantic Dream's 2012 PlayStation 3 technology demonstration "KARA", which received strong reactions and an award at the LA Shorts Fest. David Cage wanted to make the demo into a full game, despite not originally having planned to, because he was curious as to what would happen next. He took inspiration from Ray Kurzweil's The Singularity Is Near, which explains that the rate at which human intelligence develops pales in comparison to that of a machine. Therefore, Cage proposes that machines may one day have emotions.

Androids were designed with reference to artificial organs, how their energy would be generated, and human eye movement. An android's abilities were determined by each of their given profession. Experts in artificial intelligence were consulted to discern which technological advancements were the most feasible.

The game released in Japan with 39,548 units (which rose to 56,480 after two weeks), second to Dark Souls: Remastered. In the UK, the second week also saw it become the second best-selling video game (behind FIFA 18). The game sold one million copies after the first two weeks. For the week ending 10 June, its physical sales fell to fourth place in the UK. Its Japanese sales hit 74,458 copies on 17 June, but dropped from the country's console chart one week later, when the game was placed ninth on the UK individual formats chart. Two months after release, a total of 1.5 million people had played the game.

The story is set in near-future 2038, taking place in the U.S. city of Detroit after it became the central hub for the development of realistic androids by the Cyberlife Corporation. As the subservient androids are mysteriously becoming fully sentient (becoming what's known as "deviants"), players control three androids as they become involved in an android uprising:

As the player, you will embody several characters, amongst which KARA, CONNOR, and MARKUS. As Kara, you will witness your brave new world turn to chaos as you take on the role of a female service android trying to find her own place in a turbulent social landscape. Whilst you shape the branching narrative as Connor, an Android Cop employed by the human police force to seek out deviant Android such as Markus, a leader of the android group seeking freedom for his people, you will be making choices that will not only determine your own fate, but that of the entire city and possibly beyond.

Playstation 4; Quantic Dream/SonyThe human v android setup is hackneyed, but this choose-your-own-adventure-style descent into a near-future Detroit is served up with spellbinding artistry

Playstation 4; Quantic Dream/SonyThe human v android setup is hackneyed, but this choose-your-own-adventure-style descent into a near-future Detroit is served up with spellbinding artistry

What does it mean to be human? The looks? The emotions? The choices one makes? In this tale set in 2038 Detroit, the player takes control of three different androids and takes them on a journey to discover what becoming human is all about. Each of the protagonists has its own story and consequences that come with choices selected and actions made by the player.

The game opens with Connor, an android sent by the Cyberlife corporation to deal with deviants. Deviants are androids that deviate from their programming and start to become conscious and experience human emotions. Kara is a housekeeper android designed for cleaning, cooking, looking after children and other such tasks. She becomes a deviant in order to protect Alice, the little girl she lives with, from an abusive father. And finally, Markus. Markus was lucky to have lived with a caring master who treated him as a sentient being and taught him a lot. But after things turned south and Markus was shot and tossed into an android scrapyard, he had to crawl out of mud and reassemble himself. This in turn led him to seek refuge and become the key figure in an android revolt. He could try to seek freedom peacefully or go to war with humans.

In human-machine communication (HMC), machines are communicative subjects in the creation of meaning. The Computers are Social Actors and constructivist approaches to HMC postulate that humans communicate with machines as if they were people. From this perspective, communication is understood as heavily scripted where humans mindlessly apply human-to-human scripts in HMC. We argue that a critical approach to communication scripts reveals how humans may rely on ableism as a means of sense-making in their relationships with machines. Using the choose-your-own-adventure game Detroit: Become Human as a case study, we demonstrate (a) how ableist communication scripts render machines as both less-than-human and superhuman and (b) how such scripts manifest in control and cyborg anxiety. We conclude with theoretical and design implications for rescripting ableist communication scripts.

Despite being the main antagonist, Amanda has very little screen time, and thus becomes an extremely enigmatic figure. However, from what is shown, she seems to be sadistic, as seen by how she smugly smiles while telling Connor at the end that he will be deactivated, which displays that she is sentient at least. Other than this, Amanda is mostly shown as a wise mentor to Connor, and not much more. It also seems like she has no problems with killing, barely showing any remorseful emotions when Connor panics at the end, as he might just die, which further implies that she may have done this before.

However, Amanda also has control over Connor, and is involved in investigating the deviant case. Depending on the player choices, Amanda can make Connor a deviant, but she can also make Connor assassinate the kind-hearted deviant leader Markus, and, although indirect, by extension, Connor can get mad at Lieutenant Hank while trying to assassinate Markus and kill him. At the end of the game, Amanda smugly tells Connor that, no matter what, they will deactivate him and create a new version of him, which can lead into multiple things. If Connor manages to escape the Zen Garden, he can become a deviant, but he can also commit suicide. Either way, Amanda will always come out alive. 041b061a72


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