I’ve begun work on my new game Artificial. In it, you play the world’s first android, a cyborg made out of real human flesh, bones, blood and tissue, the only technological parts about you is a device that converts raw data into functioning information a brain can use and a USB port in your neck, under your skin, that connects to the device. You are taken on a roadtrip by your father’s most trusted intern to develop a personality and become ‘human’.
Currently, it’s about 2% done? With 2 chapters and upwards of 1400 words, I plan on updating every 2ish weeks.
(In)frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will there be romance?
A: Yes, I’ve decided there will. Currently the only planned RO will be Al, but that may change.
Q: Will there be action?
A: Yes! Not a lot of it, but there is a bar fight scene planned.
Q: If the game is about playing as an android, why do we see things through Henry and Al’s eyes?
A: To set the scene of the book. You’ll be put into their shoes momentarily throughout the story, but you won’t be made to change POVs mid-page. It is also so you can make some choices as an NPC - for example, the gender selection of Al. It’s also so you don’t have to read 15 pages of “Nothing”.
Q: Why update only every two weeks?
A: Because I am not good with writing, plain and simple. It also allows me to work suggestions into the new update. It’s also not set completely in stone! I might update it two days after the last one, or I might spend a month making a huge update. Deadlines never end well when writing, so I tend to use them as guidelines.
Q: What’s the inspiration behind the game?
A: The inspiration comes from a lot of different sources. It’s a way to vent feeling about not fitting in (currently while writing it but I hope once it’s fleshed out it will become a way for players to vent too). The idea of how the android works comes from the Fallout universe and the idea behind becoming ‘human’ is in a lot of different sci-fi things. The things that stick out in my mind as inspiration are Blade Runner, I, Robot and Detroit: Become Human.
Q: What are you looking for?
A: Playtesters! Mainly. As we all are when we make a post in this category. Tell me if any of the prose is awkward in the story, if anything sticks out to you or takes you out of the moment. Also, ideas! I love it when someone gives me an idea while I’m working on something. It’s the most useful and heartwarming feedback you can get, as it shows you that someone cares about and is interested in it enough to suggest to improve it. These ideas can be anything from characters (later on), dialogue choices, things like stats and everything in between. Anything you can think of that’ll be an improvement to the game. Writing will commence full time shortly, and the next update should include at least one proper interaction between the MC and Al.
To play the demo, go here: