What is human?
In my Blade Runner setting, L.A. is an abandoned place in large. Certain areas seem as normal as normal goes in a science fiction setting with dystopian motif. The major streets are overcrowded and that´s what sticks to your retinas. No one wants to see the deserted alley ways. And what you don´t see doesn´t exist, right?
Technology is evolving and that´s what puts the setting apart from modern day gaming. It´s in the everyday details that you feel you´re in the future. How the houses are heated. The vehicles are powered and how people treat each other. What´s the neighbor´s highest wish? A new sports car? His neigbor´s wife?
No – it´s a real live pet.
This obsession with wild life and what has been take form in religious beliefs as well.
On the other side of the spectra is the constructed reality.
You can get memory implants at clinics giving you memories of vacations never had.
Or maybe, the lover you didn´t dare to engage with. That is, should you afford the cost of a leisure model replicant…
To move your problems elsewhere is one option, if you´re a normal citizen. Then you´d get one of your choosing – for free. Just pass the tests and you´d be off to the off-world colonies!
I look at the signs for emigration to the Colonies… If it’s really so great Off-world, how come they gotta advertise? If you’ve got something really good, you keep it a secret. It’s only the junk you push.
In Tears in rain , you play the part of Rep-Detectives or Blade Runners working for LAPD. You may of course choose to play a replicant or a normal citizen. Even specials or chickenheads may come in to play. With any character you decide to play, there´s a possibility that you will be surprised as to what you are really playing.
Is everything what it seems to be, really?
Replicants can be good and Rep-Detectives can be evil.
There are only grey areas in dystopia.
Being based on the works of Philip K Dick and Ridley Scott, let´s set the tone for the game with a couple of quotes by Marc McFadden;
“Dick’s novel explicitly questioned whether a blade
runner was still human if devoid of empathy; and cited a blade
runner’s ability to kill an entity indistinguishable from a human
until the results of a Voight-Kampf test were referred to. In a world
where humans are defined by their instinctual reverence for life
, a blade runner wouldn’t be
able to pass a Voight-Kampf test."
“Y’see, in ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ the society shown was
composed of the descendants of the survivors of a sort of
Eco-pocalypse. Essentially, the only life left on Earth was humans and
protected samples of [previously] indiginious lifeforms. There were no
longer any free range wasps to crawl on anyone’s arm and provoke a V-K
Test reaction. Hell, having a honest-to-Gosh wasp around to crawl on
your arm would be a freakin’ miracle in the Blade Runner/DADOES?
world. Hence the bazaar of the bizarre that could identify a boa’s
manufacturer’s serial number from a scale found in a bathtub drain.
Only a bazillionaire could have a real boa – any other critter
available would be an android. Hence the “Electric Sheep” of the
novel’s title. The hero could only afford an android sheep to keep as
a pet. All “real” people had pets; if only an android copy. Humans had
“evolved” to need pets and the impression of a natural world.
To a human that had been born in the DADOES? world, and therefore
sociologically “evolved” (sociological evolution can happen faster
than the genetic sorta evolution – ain’t big honkin’ frontal lobes
cool?) in a society that reveres [real] life more than the most
enlightened Buddhist monk, a honest-to-Gosh born-of-Man human would
react to the presence of a wasp on his/her arm with reverence and awe.
Therefore, Rachael’s answer to the V-K question about what she would
do if she saw a wasp on her arm (“I’d kill it.”) was a dead giveaway.
She’s an android."