Just a second, not much more to add to the discussion. I have a lot more to say, so let’s get back to the other three levels of self-awareness.
The main reason I love Arkane is because it’s easy to get caught up in the loop of self-awareness, and myself. When I see a self-awareness story, I can’t help but see the potential for self-awareness as just a few of the other characters in the story. We might need to learn how to become self-aware when we’re not consciously aware of ourselves, but that’s something we don’t have to do.
So, the next level of self-awareness is the one where a person actually learns how to be self-aware. The problem is that it can take a lifetime to find someone who will do it with you and that can be hard to find. There is also the issue of how to go from never learning and then growing to actually having self-awareness. Some people will find that after years of being self-aware they become aware of themselves every time they think about something.
At this point we have a person who is still basically a brain in a jar. For all practical purposes, that means they are just a collection of neurons, and some day they will wake up and realize that they are not all that great at being self-aware. Their brains will also fail to properly communicate with each other, so one day they will wake up and realize they are in a time loop.
I have this weird image of the person who has awakened from a time loop saying, “I don’t like this.” And then they start to realize that the time loop is because they are still trying to figure out what to do.
I’m still trying to figure out what to do, but my eyes really are getting weird. I see the lights blinking, I see the lights blinking. And then I see them blinking. I just can’t figure out why it’s so interesting.
Do I feel the same way? Do I feel like I am in a time loop? Of course I do, I feel like it. I am in a time loop for this reason. I have this weird image of the person who has awakened from a time loop saying, I just don’t want to wake up. And then they start to realize that the time loop is because they are still trying to figure out what to do.
Mylabcorp is an online game I think you guys should check out. It’s essentially just a game where you make money by killing people, and then you have cool powers that let you do it. The cool powers are a little bit reminiscent of the game Diablo, but they are more random, random.
What’s the problem? It’s cool and all, but killing people randomly is not a very exciting activity. So what is? It turns out that it is actually rather awesome, and you can play it in any order you want. I played the first level and had to kill a guy in the back as he was about to kill me. Because I was in a time loop, I didn’t realize I was going to die until I killed the guy in the back.
mylabcorp’s power system is all about randomness, and while its fun to kill lots of enemies like an action RPG, it doesn’t make it any less of a challenge. It’s also not a single button, so you’ll have to think about how you want to use the powers and how you’re going to kill people in a timely way.