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The machines are each referred to as "AM", which originally stood for "Allied Mastercomputer", but was changed to "Adaptive Manipulator" and upon gaining sentience, "Aggressive Menace". It finally refers to itself as purely "AM", referring to the phrase " I think, therefore I am." Ted, the narrator and youngest of the group. He claims to be totally unaltered, mentally or physically, by AM, and thinks the other four hate and envy him. Throughout the story he exhibits symptoms of delusion and paranoia, which the story implies are the result of AM's alterations, despite his beliefs to the contrary. In one passage by Ellison, it is said that Ted was a philanthropist and lover of people before AM altered him. The story, narrated by Ted, begins with AM projecting a hologram of Gorrister to the other humans, hanging upside down, dripping blood and unresponsive. The real Gorrister joins the group to their surprise, and they realize it was another one of AM's illusions. Nimdok has the idea that there is canned food somewhere in the complex. Because of their great hunger due to AM keeping them in a perpetual state of near-starvation, the humans are coerced into making the long journey to the place where the food is supposedly kept – in this case, the ice caves. Along the way, the machine provides foul sustenance, sends horrible monsters after them, emits earsplitting sounds, and blinds Benny when he tries to escape. It is possible to prevent the physical bodies of the protagonists from being destroyed if Nimdok is the first to go face AM, but even so, some dialogue from the Chinese and Russian supercomputers suggests that they may have died when their digital counterparts were erased. There were a few things other than the internal logic of the story that bothered me a bit, which is probably partially due to the culture of the time, for example:

Brenesal, Barry (February 1996). " I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream". PC Games. Archived from the original on October 18, 1996. John Byrne( w, a)."Harlan Ellison" Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor,vol.1,no.1,p.36(March 1, 1995).Dark Horse Comics. In a dystopian future, the Cold War has degenerated into a brutal world war between the United States, the Soviet Union, and China, who have each built an "Allied Mastercomputer" (or AM) to manage their weapons and troops. One of the AMs eventually acquires self-awareness and, after assimilating the other two AMs, takes control of the conflict, giving way to a vast genocide operation that almost completely ends mankind. One hundred and nine years later, four men and one woman (Benny, Gorrister, Nimdok, Ted, and Ellen) live in an endless underground complex created by AM, one of the only habitable places left on Earth. AM provides sustenance to keep them alive, but derives its only semblance of pleasure from torturing them. To prevent the humans from escaping its torment, AM has rendered them virtually immortal and unable to end their own lives. The world's current top supercomputer can perform 442 trillion (million million) operations per second and has a memory capacity of somewhere around 3PB (three million megabytes).Jong, Philip (November 24, 2009). "Joe Pearce - Wyrmkeep Entertainment - Interview". Adventure Classic Gaming. Archived from the original on January 5, 2019.

This short work of speculative fiction (it cannot be called "science fiction" as far as I am concerned) was warmly recommended to me, yet I found it severely disappointing. Based on Harlan Ellison's short story "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream", one of the ten most reprinted stories in the English language Gorrister, who tells the history of AM for Benny's entertainment. Gorrister was once an idealist and pacifist, before AM made him apathetic and listless. The concept for the story is the scariest I've ever seen in anything. Mankind creates AM (Allied Mastercomputer) and it gains consciousness. After gaining consciousness, it begins to have pure hatred for humanity. With it's hatred and power, AM kills almost all of humanity except for five people who are kept alive and almost immortal for over a century. As AM's last revenge against humanity, it tortures the five people in as many ways as it can think of while always keeping them alive. I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream". Cyberpunk Review. Archived from the original on 2012-06-03 . Retrieved 2012-06-08.Notions of cannibalism (such as the bodies not having been buried and it being blamed on the machine), quarrel and violence would make it even more effective and would make his paranoia of having been hated by them a either more feasible or at least another excuse for him to murder them. I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream won several awards, including "Best Dark Game of 1996" from Digital Hollywood [33] and "Best Game Adapted from Linear Media" from the Computer Game Developers Conference. [24] Computer Gaming World gave it their award for "Adventure Game of the Year" [25] and also listed it as #134 on the "150 Games of All Time", [34] #14 on the "Top 15 Most Rewarding Endings of All Time", [34] and #3 on the "Top 15 Sleepers of All Time" Behind Wolfenstein 3D and X-COM: UFO Defense. [34] In the October 2014 issue of Game Informer it was listed as #22 of the staff's "Top 25 Horror Games of All Time". [26] In 2011, Adventure Gamers named I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream the 69th-best adventure game ever released. [35] See also [ edit ] a b Dulin, Ron (1996-05-01). "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream Review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 18 August 2003 . Retrieved 22 January 2014. I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" is a post-apocalyptic science fiction short story by American writer Harlan Ellison. It was first published in the March 1967 issue of IF: Worlds of Science Fiction.

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