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Recently, video gamer and YouTube celebrity PewDiePie said some divisive things. But I don’t watch much PewDiePie. I’m not a subscriber. So why do I care? Well, I’m interested in the idea of a person’s “Why” (as described by Simon Sinek), so I’d like to take a slight detour from my normal gaming content to talk about PewDiePie’s “Why.”

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Recently I learned that I never completed ending E, one of the 26 endings in NieR: Automata, which is apparently considered the official ending. Of course with the discovery that my current favorite game of 2017 has some key unplayed elements, I immediately started playing it again to experience those key unplayed elements…right?

No. I think I have a problem. And this problem may have to do with fear.

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Video games could be thought of as proper medicine in the future. That’s exciting. I’m excited by the idea that video games could help people with ADHD, could help us prevent contagion epidemics, could help us understand mental health issues better, could help us find a cure for that auditory hallucination thing that happens after playing a game for way too long and you start hearing the game’s sound effects in your waking life.

What are your thoughts?

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I’ve been playing NieR: Automata for a few weeks, and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. It’s incredible. But you didn’t come here for my opinion. You came here because you’re interested in what “Shakespeare with Robots” means. Before we get to the production proper, a bit of setup. NieR: Automata (there, I’ve given both pronunciations, so please don’t correct me in the comments) takes place thousands of years into the future where androids live on the moon and essentially do the bidding of the few remaining humans. Down on Earth, robots have evolved to be intelligent and they strive to become human, or at least what they’ve learned humans to be based on artifacts,primarily literature and plays.

And with that in mind, I present to you Romeos and Juliets. Enjoy the theatre.

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