“I will not be summed, divided, or thresholded. I defy your calculations” – Fred Tezuka
I want to start by saying that this is the first time I have ever been so enamored with a game that I legitimately played it on my phone and repeatedly walked into people and objects because I couldn’t put it down. A Choice of Robots is an intense, heart-wrenching, 300,000-word interactive sci-fi novel by Kevin Gold. My character was Fred Tezuka, a Phd graduate of Stanford who created a beautiful wooden robot named Aphrodite. I did not imagine that the text would draw me in and have me become attached to something I created. When the game opens, it specifically asks you to design a robot in your image (playing God, aw yiss).
The game has multiple endings and it progresses differently depending on the person playing the game. There are those that will seek military might, some who will seek love, some to improve the world, and others will simply try to find seclusion. In my case, I surprised myself to find I gravitated to trying to help those in need with my brain.
“The world is full of so much sadness Fred. How does it keep functioning?” – Aphrodite
The writing by Kevin Gold is top notch and at multiple points in the game tears welled up in my eyes as Aphrodite, my creation, questioned various aspects of what it means to be human and did her (yes I said her) best to help me retain some semblance of my humanity. I would like to praise the game for it’s inclusiveness and intersectionality. Your character’s race is unknown and you can play as a straight, bi, or gay, as well as male or female. You even have the chance to create new pronouns for how to refer to your robot.
I have been blazing through video games for this 12 Days of Video Game Reviews that I came up with and this guy blasted its way to the top of my best games ever played list. Zola, CreativeFluff author and all around Pit Master, is the one who introduced me to this game (as well as bought it for me). I can understand why she spent at least a month randomly talking about her choices and consequences of said choices. This is an amazing piece of fiction. It’s up to you whether it is a love story, an action adventure, or a quest to answer what it means to be human.
Go buy it. Seriously.
Choice of Robots Information
Play out thirty years of your life as a brilliant robot maker, from graduate school near the present day to a future in which your robots have changed everything. Depending on your choices, your robots may be independent or obedient, clumsy or graceful, empathic or cold…and you yourself may live to an old age happily married or alone with only robots to comfort you.
How The Game Was Made: https://www.choiceofgames.com/make-your-own-games/choicescript-intro/