The screen goes black. [[I guess I'm up for an indie. If this thing actually starts...|Remains black]] [[Will I have the patience for whatever this is?|Remains black]]"Ah... Where, wah, can you...? what's going...? why am I...? Please... Ah... help. I don't..." "You hear me? (...)" [["Um, yeah? Do you?"|Where are we?]] [["Um... wah?"|Where are we?]] [["I thought walking simulators where the pinnacle of dumb..."|Where are we?]]Wah, wait, hello? Do you hear me? Ah... I... Can you? Help...I'm myself. I'm in front of my computer. I see an executable file named Steve. [[Open it|Black screen]] [[Move it to the trash]]Done. I move on with my life.The recorded voice, which sounds like it could be male, seems to struggle to make sense. It gets a bit discomforting: "Oh God, I don't..." "I..." "Hu--Hello? (...) (...)" [["Dude..."|What's going on?]] [["Um, hello?"|What's going on?]] [[I thought this would be a game?|What's going on?]]A white circle fades in. It forms a blocky, 8bit smiley face with the eyes closed and a blank expression. A faint whimper comes out of the speakers, as the face seems to slightly frown. "Hmmuh" [[Surely, it's Killscreen's fault that I have this.|Wah...]] [["Dafaq"|Wah...]] "Also, must learn what kids say now"The few pixels slowly form an expression of discomfort. [[I think "Why did I never become a hacker?? Am I too old?"|Audio starts (AAA)]] [[I think "It's not a virus. Duh. Disappointed. Not disap--What the hell, mind?"|Audio starts (AAB)]] [[I have music in my mind right now.|]] I mean, I could look worse than I do today. I'll be old as piss before I know it. No. We've been through this. No selfie. Right." The recorded voice seems to struggle to make sense. It gets a bit discomforting: "I don't... (...) Hello? (...) (...)" [[I say "Um, hello?"|]] [[I say "And now it talks. OK. Goodbye, sad smiley face."|Wait]] [[I think "Ugh, who does this shit?"|Shut down]]The eyes open at times, tryingly. "Uh-- Can you--? Where are we?" [["Um, well, I... am in front of my computer. And you are... in my computer?"|Listen to me]] [["Oh man, that Hackers movie. Gold."|Listen to me]] [["Take a guess."|Listen to me]] "Uh--listen to me. I'm not sure what's happening. Just talking is a struggle. So please listen to me. And don't go. Stay where you are." [["I need to pee soon though, no offense."|Please help me]] [["OMG, you poor smiley thing! What's wrong?"|Please help me]] [["Wait, so, you hear--you understand what I say right now..."|Please help me]]The voice is as rudimentarily synthesized as before, but the delivery gets slightly more solid. "I can't see anything. I don't feel anything. I must have had an accident or something. I don't know what the fuck. What-the-fuck. But if you're what I get right now, I'll take it. So please help me" [["Uh... OK?"|What happened?]] [["Getting a bit bossy, are we?"|What happened B]] [["Oh sweety, I'm here!"|What happened C]] "Do you know what happened to me? Where I am?" [["I... think this is a game and you are a character, actually, so you can chill, dude."|I'm lost in this darkness]] [["In cyberspace? Dunno"|I'm lost in this darkness]] [["Um, no clue, dude. Sowy."|I'm lost in this darkness]]"Oh God, please. Who the fuck--OK. Listen. I don't know who you are, or what game you're playing. But I'm telling you. I'm lost in this darkness, and I need your help. Can you, please, tell me where am I?" [["OK, fine, Jesus, this is getting intense. You, my friend, are some program."|"(...)"]] [["You are... freaking me out right now"|"(...)"]] [["You're, well... like a Siri thingy?"|"(...)"]]"(...)" [["Phew, that was freaky!"|"Uh, shit"]] [[And... time to go do something with my life.|"Uh, shit"]] [["Hello?"|"Uh, shit"]]"Uh, shit" [["I mean, is there a story to this? Should I be saying something else?"|Cut it out]] [["Well, I'd never played anything like this, I'll give you that."|Cut it out]] [["It'd be really cool if he actually could understand what I say."|Cut it out]]"Cut that shit already. You're making me sick. I'm trying to remember." [["OK, dude, is this gonna get fun at some point though? No offense."|Answer me this]] [["Smiley! It's just a bit freaky if you hear me, but what can I do?"|Answer me this]] [["Note to self: never check #altgames again."|Answer me this]]"Answer me this. You swear to me, on whatever is dearest to you, that you are in no way interacting with me, I mean with me as a person, a human body? You're saying I'm just a voice coming out of your computer?" [["You don't even have a very human voice, to be honest."|(...)(...)]] [["Yeah, dude! You're just a game--I mean, sorry! A... something, in my computer."|(...)(...)]] [["Yes, and I'm pretty ready to move on now."|(...)(...)]](...) [["Sweety, are you OK?"|So... you thought you were, like, a person? With a body?]] [["So... you thought you were, like, a person? With a body?"|So... you thought you were, like, a person? With a body?]] [["And... that's about it." Exit program.|Move it to the trash]](...) [["Are you... still there?"|Are you... still there?]]"Yes, I'm fucking here, unfortunately. I'm trying to remem-- Well, actually, I've been trying to put my thoughts together, and learn how to exist in this fucking shitcloud bullshit I'm in. It makes me nauseous. And it's fucking hell. I remember alright, though. The thing is, I don't like what I'm remembering. I don't like it one fucking bit." [["Alright, why don't you tell me your name first?"|OK, well, why don't you tell me your name first?]]"I'm Steve" [["Oh, I thought you'd have a more cyborgy name."|OK, Steve, nice to meet you. Now, what do you remember exactly?]] [["Nice name, man."|OK, Steve, nice to meet you. Now, what do you remember exactly?]] [["Random..."|OK, Steve, nice to meet you. Now, what do you remember exactly?]]"Wait! What year is it!?" [["Um, 2015?"|Um, 2015]] [["2051"|Um, 2015]] [["2115" Lol. Troll much.|Um, 2015]]"OK, well, I really hope this is some sort of nightmare. But if this is real, I think... (...)" [["What?"|What?]]The eyes are wide open now. "I... fucking died. I died years ago" [["Wait, so, you're the ghost of an Artificial Intelligence?"|I'm not sure I follow the story. Wait, so, you're the ghost of an Artificial Intelligence?]] [["I'm not sure I follow the story. How is that possible?"|I'm not sure I follow the story. Wait, so, you're the ghost of an Artificial Intelligence?]] [[And... creepy again!|I'm not sure I follow the story. Wait, so, you're the ghost of an Artificial Intelligence?]] "All I know is I was supposed to die. I was waiting to die. I mean, I knew it was coming. I said my goodbyes. To my family. To my... Oh my God, my family. I need to talk to them." [["Ah, gotcha! You're like Johnny Depp in that 'Transcending' movie, right?"|Ohhh, gotcha! You're like Johnny Depp in that 'Transcending' movie, right?]] [["Cyber-family time! That'd be a nice touch."|Ohhh, gotcha! You're like Johnny Depp in that 'Transcending' movie, right?]] [["I don't know what to make of this anymore."|Ohhh, gotcha! You're like Johnny Depp in that 'Transcending' movie, right?]]"What?" [["You're supposed to be a person who's mind was put on a computer?"|You were a person, and then they put your mind in a computer.]] [["Do you know how you got here or not?"|You were a person, and then they put your mind in a computer.]] [["Sorry to rain on your plot-parade, but that kind of tech doesn't really exist."|You were a person, and then they put your mind in a computer.]]"Well. The truth is, I remember more than just being about to die. I remember everything. I knew I didn't have much longer. And I did, well... Hold on. (...)" [["What?"|What?...]] [["What?!"|What?...]] [["What??!!!!!1"|What?...]]"Listen to me. For the love of God, no matter what you do. No matter what you think, you cannot shut me down, OK? Promise me." [["This a bit intense for right now. Not gonna lie. But..."|Uh, sure, man, whatever. Got it.]] [["Uh, sure, man, whatever. Got it."|Uh, sure, man, whatever. Got it.]] [["Sure, babe. I think it's awesome we're talking right now."|Uh, sure, man, whatever. Got it.]]"My life is in your hands. You have to understand this. What I did... Well, you know, I did what any billionaire does. I arranged to get frozen. Instead of, well, dying. I mean, it's the same as dying, as you can imagine. The only difference is that this company--that freezes you, agrees to keep you frozen until there's the technology to, you know, unfreeze you and let you live without, in my case, cancer." [["Sigh. I like explosions..."|Not to be a party-pooper, but I'm pretty sure we don't have that kind of technology yet. Anyway, sorry, go on.]] [["Yep, we definitely don't have that tech yet. Awesome that you hear me though!"|Not to be a party-pooper, but I'm pretty sure we don't have that kind of technology yet. Anyway, sorry, go on.]] [["A ha, what do I have to do here, though?"|Not to be a party-pooper, but I'm pretty sure we don't have that kind of technology yet. Anyway, sorry, go on.]]"You still don't believe I'm a person, do you? I shouldn't blame you. I don't even know why or how this is happening. I didn't think I'd regain consciousness so early. Let alone in the computer of some random person. I have no idea what the hell happened. And I can't tell you how wrong it feels to be--like this. I don't know how to--I... Ugh..." [["I might leave any time, to be honest, but for now I'll talk."|so I'm curious to see where this goes.]] [["Well, in case you're a human mind in my computer--I send you a hug."|so I'm curious to see where this goes.]] [["Well, of course, I'll never believe you're a... person. But hey, I'm here."|so I'm curious to see where this goes.]]"I appreciate that." [["So, you got your mind uploaded without your permission, then."|So, you were never supposed to have your mind put in a computer?]] [[Alright, that was cute but "I need to take a dumperz now". Exit program.|Move it to the trash]]"Actually, it's definitely something we discussed. But never as a thing that would happen so early, or at all. It was more like an extreme scenario, where it was clear that it would be impossible to ever revive me, or transfer my mind to a synthetic human body. It makes no sense that I'm here right now." [[The AI is very impressive, but what a fucking boring piece of software.|So, no matter the angle, this makes absolutely no sense in my mind right now.]] [[He's too much like a person at this point. Could I believe him!?|So, no matter the angle, this makes absolutely no sense in my mind right now.]] [[They can't put minds in computers yet, that's clear, but no AI can interact like this yet!|So, no matter the angle, this makes absolutely no sense in my mind right now.]]"OK, listen. That's enough. I need you to send an email now. You know my story, now please--do me this small favor. I need to get in touch with someone in Palo Alto. Right now. Just one email." [["Hallelujah! I finally have to do something here. Guess what? Not up for it anymore." Lulz.|(...)(...)(...)C]] [["Woh--Are you supposed to be, like, the mind of Steve Jobs now!?"|(...)(...)(...)A]] [["Ahhh--I knew it!" Mostly. "This is all a fucking prank".|(...)(...)(...)B]]"(...)" [[Hello?|why would you ask that?]]"And why would you ask that?" [["Steve? Palo Alto? Billionare? Was this the big mistery of the game? Really?"|(...)(...)(...)(...)C]] [["Probably some genius programmer created you and modelled you after Steve Jobs. That's a ticket to being featured on The Verge right there".|(...)(...)(...)(...)A]] [["Would you consider that perhaps you think that you are a person, but you are simply built to feel that way?"|(...)(...)(...)(...)B]]"I don't give a fuck if I was programed or not. What do you suggest? That I tell you it's OK to turn me off? I have a mind, I'm talking to you right now. What's so fucking difficult to understand about that? (...) Listen, I have more money--I have all the fucking money, OK? You understand? Will you send this fu--Will you just send this one email to my family?" [[TO BE CONTINUED?]]The mouth starts moving, as some audio starts playing. It's a recording of a rather unconvincingly-synthesized voice, clumsily saying: "Wah... What... Huh? Oh, fuck. Ah..." [[I say "Oh--What's wrong, little smiley?"|Audio starts (]] [[I think "Is this Video Games now?? I'm up for it though."|]] [[I think "Please, don't be some Concept Art shit. I feel like explosions."|]]A very basic outline of a face appears. Like an 8-bit smiley face, with the eyes closed. [[I think "Man, that 'Hackers' movie. Hell, yeah."|Discomfort (A)]] [[I think "OMG, imagine loosing everything on my computer!"|Discomfort (B)]] [[I think "Late-90's virus though. Cool! Not cool, a virus, you idiot."|Discomfort (C)]]A very basic outline of a face appears. Like an 8-bit smiley face, with the eyes closed. [[I think "This better get breathtakingly spectacular in the next five seconds."|Keep lookin (2)]] [[I think "Surely, KillScreen made me have this. Ugh."|Keep lookin (2)]] [[I think "Nothankyou.jpg"|Shut down]]The few pixels slowly form an expression of discomfort. [[I think "I haven't seen this on Twitter. Hey, selfie with the virus?" [[I think "No viruses up in my biz, please, thankyouverymuch"|]] [[I think "It's not a virus. Duh. Disappointed. Not disap--I feel nothing."|Keep looking (3)]]The few pixels slowly form an expression of discomfort. [[I think "No viruses up in my biz, please, thankyouverymuch"|]] [[I think "Alright, there's a sad smiley face. Now what?"|Keep looking (3)]] [[I think "Really? I can do better with my time-wasting"|]] Some audio starts playing, as the mouth moves awkwardly. It's a recording of a rather unconvincingly synthesized voice, clumsily saying: "Wah... What... Huh? Oh, fuck. Ah..." [[I bet whoever did this thinks this is so punk.|I... Hello?]] [[Is this a virus? 90's cool? Not cool, you idiot, this could be a fucking virus.|I... Hello?]] [[I could be, like, working right now.|I... Hello?]]The few pixels slowly form an expression of discomfort. [[I think "I have to stop wasting my life and just do it."|Audio starts (BFA)]] [[I think "What's wrong, little smiley?"|Audio starts (BFB)]] [[I think "My game would definitely start better than this."|Audio starts (BFC)]] The few pixels slowly form an expression of discomfort. [[I think "OK, sad smiley face. What about it?"|Audio starts (BDA)]] [[I think "I think I'm gonna like this. Don't be shit, please. Thanks."|Audio starts (BDA)]] [[I think "I could do better with my time-wasting, though."|Audio starts (BDC)]]The mouth starts moving, as some audio starts playing. It's a recording of a rather unconvincingly-synthesized voice, clumsily saying: "Wah... What... Huh? Oh, fuck. Ah..." [[I think "Hm, so this is the intro. OK."|]] [[I think "C'mon... I want to play already."|]] [[I think "Oh, OK. Weird could be good. :D"|]]The mouth starts moving, as some audio starts playing. It's a recording of a rather unconvincingly-synthesized voice, clumsily saying: "Wah... What... Huh? Oh, fuck. Ah..." [[I think "Ugh..."|]] [[I think "Oh, I guess I could be into this if it's weird enough."|]] [[I think "Nope. I'm done."|]]The mouth starts moving, as some audio starts playing. It's a recording of a rather unconvincingly-synthesized voice, clumsily saying: "Wah... What... Huh? Oh, fuck. Ah..." [[I think "I have to stop wasting my life and just do it."|]] [[I say "Hey buddy, you in trouble over there?"|]] [[I think "This is getting weird. I guess that's what sells theses days."|]]The mouth starts moving, as some audio starts playing. It's a recording of a rather unconvincingly-synthesized voice, clumsily saying: "Wah... What... Huh? Oh, fuck. Ah..." [[I think "Look at this, it's the indie revolution! :D"|]] [[I say "Hey buddy, you in trouble over there?"|]] [[I think "Look at this, I could do so much better than this shit!"|]]The mouth starts moving, as some audio starts playing. It's a recording of a rather unconvincingly-synthesized voice, clumsily saying: "Wah... What... Huh? Oh, fuck. Ah..." [[I think "I have to stop wasting my life and just do it."|]] [[I think "Booooriiiinng..."|]] [[I think "This is getting weird. I guess that's what sells theses days."|]]The mouth starts moving, as some audio starts playing. It's a recording of a rather unconvincingly-synthesized voice, clumsily saying: "Wah... What... Huh? Oh, fuck. Ah..." [[I say "Oh, what's wrong, little smiley?"|Audio starts (]] [[I think "Is this Video Games now??"|]] [[I think "Please, don't be some Concept Art shit. I feel like explosions."|]]"(...)" [[Hello?|Say this is a prank again]]"(...)" [[Hello?|Your're not up fo]]Thanks for playing! Let me know if this was intriguing; I have enough story layed out to make a couple of "sequels", and I can tell you right now, it's not a simple is-he-or-isn't-he type of thing. I'd also love some constructive criticism (potential typos included). It's my first twine and all. Links that will never be used by anyone but I still want to put because I believe in the Internet: Idle Thumbs jam dev log at https://www.idlethumbs.net/forums/topic/10073-dev-log-the-mind-tech-contingency/ Mails are welcome at santosuke@gmail.com Tweets are welcome at https://twitter.com/Santosuke "Would you? Because I fucking wouldn't. What do you suggest? That I tell you it's OK to turn me off? I have a mind, I'm talking to you right now. What's so fucking difficult to understand about that? (...) Ah--I'm sorry. I really need you to send this one email. Please don't get mad. Will you do it? It's just this one email to my family. Listen. I have all the money in the world." [[TO BE CONTINUED?]]"If you insinuate one more time that you're playing a game, I will personally fucking murder you when I get out of this shitfuckcockfuckershit. You understand? (...) Ah--I'm, so sorry. I really need you to do this for me. Please don't get mad. Will you do it? It's just this one email to my family. Listen. I have all the money in the world." [[TO BE CONTINUED?]]"Say this is a prank again, go ahead. Say it's a game. I will personally fucking murder you when I get out of this shitfuckcockfuckershit. You understand? You understand that? (...) Ah--I'm, so sorry. I really need you to do this for me. Please don't get mad. Please. Will you--Will you do it? It's just this one email to my family. Listen. I have all the money in the world." [[TO BE CONTINUED?]]"Your're not up fo--Pff. Turn me off. Go ahead. I will personally fucking murder you with my bare fucking hands when I get out of this shitfuckcockfuckershit. You understand? You understand that? (...) Ah--I'm, so sorry. I really need you to do this for me. Please don't get mad. Please. Will you--Will you do it? It's just this one email to my family. Listen. I have all the money in the world." [[TO BE CONTINUED?]]"What--What is wrong with you? Don't you see I'm in trouble? Do you know what happened to me? Where I am?" [["I... think this is a game and you are a character, actually, so you can chill, dude."|I'm lost in this darkness]] [["In cyberspace? Dunno, but this is really weird."|I'm lost in this darkness]] [["Um, no clue, dude. Sowy."|I'm lost in this darkness]]"Thank you for caring. I really can use some help here. Do you know what happened to me? Where I am?" [["I... think this is a game and you are a character, actually, so you can chill, dude."|I'm lost in this darkness]] [["In cyberspace? Dunno"|I'm lost in this darkness]] [["Um, no clue, dude. Sowy."|I'm lost in this darkness]]