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The Passive Interactive: I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

Joel Windels @ Kombo: "I recently completed creating a flash-based game for a university project and during the design process took the opportunity to play a lot of games I had never played before. One of my favorite stories ever is a short one written by sci-fi legend Harlan Ellison called "I Have No Mouth, and I must Scream," which you can read here, and during my game research I stumbled across a 1995 PC game based on the story.

If you can't be bothered to read the story, it is about a supercomputer that has evolved and gained sentience in the wake of a global war and sets about destroying mankind: so far, so Hollywood. However, in this tale the computer (named AM) succeeds in laying waste to the entire planet and every living human, save for five sorry individuals. With its highly advanced intelligence and seemingly limitless hatred for mankind, AM manages to keep them perpetually alive despite the endless torture he performs upon them. The story takes place 109 years into the torture."

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