15 Aug Detroit Become Human: 2018 Story-Telling Video Game That Give Us Hints on How Problematic it is to Achieve Peace
Peace and freedom is not something to be acquired easily, and a video game called Detroit Become Human just showed us how hard can it be. There will always be something that gets in the way of peace, like the disatisfaction of a certain group, or the struggle of the oppressed group who fight back for the justice they deserve. Beside of the game’s amazing story, interesting mechanics, and their tear-jerking endings, Detroid Become Human have something we all can learn from, a clue of what gets in the way of peacemaking.
The Overview of Detroit Become Human
Detroit Become Human is an adventure story-telling video game that is developed by Quantic Dream, and is released in May 4th 2018 by Sony Interactive Entertainment for Playstation 4 (later on it got released for PC in December 12th 2019). As the title suggest, the game took place in the city of Detroit, Michigan (the developers had to visit the city for setting research). The game is so successful, Quantic Dream managed to sold above 6 million copies, leaving good reviews on visuals, story, characters, voice acting, and more.
The game was set in Detroit, Michigan year 2038, where human-looking androids has become a companion and personal assistant for humans who affords it, and the revolutionary behinds this androids were CyberLife Corporations. However, this human-android companionship is rather grim, because some people oftenly mistreat androids, they have a mindset where they think androids in unable to feel pain nor emotion, and they owns the androids so they can do whatever they want with it, Detroit Become Human in a nutshell.
Detroit Become Human lets you play as 3 protagonist, Connor, Marcus, and Kara. Connor is a police investigator android tasked to hunt down androids that have deviated from their programmed behaviours. He once interrogate a deviant android who killed it’s owner, turns out the owner has abused the android for stress relieve. Marcus is a caretaker android who’s tasked to nurse an elderly painter, which died in his arms. Kara is a housekeeper android who broke free of her programming to protect a girl from an abusive father.
For a more comprehensive review about the game itself, you can visit Detroit Become Human review from IGN
Dissecting Detroit Become Human
To dissect Detroit Become Human, let’s dig deep into the root problem that the game has displayed to the player. After the death of it’s owner, Marcus realized just how terrible the humans has been treating android, as he once experience harassment when he was still a caretaker. One time, he found a refugee for abandoned, ownerless androids under the codename “Jericho”. Marcus finds out that all of Jericho refugee used to work for humans, but treated harshly. Later on, Marcus decided to lead Jericho for a revolution to free the chained androids.
Then again, why the humans were so violent in the first place is needed to be answered. When he was a caretaker, Marcus is tasked to buy art supplies for his elderly owner. One time on the way home from an errand, Marcus saw a protest rally by the unsatisfied masses with the existence of androids. They argued that androids is stealing their jobs, because employer prefer to employ androids who can never went tired and do not need to be paid. People who lose their jobs is leaving their office dissatisfied, and looking for something to blame, the androids.
This dissatisfaction is what drives humans to madness, the root cause of the problem in Detroit Become Human. This is where maintaining peace become a little problematic, people with dissatisfaction in life will push them to the extreme, and it will get worse if the number of people was massive. To rub salt on the wound, it is next to impossible to satisfy the interests of various kind of people. Because in the end of the day, there will always two people with different interest that could never be together, like McDonald’s and animal right activists.
If this dissatisfaction is left unchecked, the unsatisfied masses might return the favour with extreme measure. People begin to harass androids, setting a stigma on androids by calling them “moving plastic”, treating them with no value of respect. Without we knowing, innocent people were hurt in the process, the reason Kara broke free of her programming is because she can’t stand to watch her owner physically abusing his own daughter. Connor broke free after realizing some androids killed a human when they try to defend themself from abusive owners.
Spoilers alert, Detroit Become Human has multiple endings, like a lot, there is a good ending, there is also a bad ending, it’s all depends on what decisions you take during the game. There is one ending where the revolution ends up in failure, but Marcus has one more trick up his sleeve, to detonate a bomb and blew up Detroit. Using extreme measure to harass a certain group will pent up resentment beneath their hearts, and will one day, perhaps return the favour with even bigger measure, the problematic part of peacekeeping, is to keep everyone happy.
Speaking of peacekeeping efforts, you can read: The Incredible Garuda Contingent: Peacekeeper of the United Nations Since 1957
If you want to follow the journey of the three androids for their freedom, you can click on this YouTube playlist