Loading Human, like all the best sci-fi stories, doesn’t focus on the here and now—it takes what concerns us today and pulls it ahead into the future or far into the past, extrapolating through fiction rather than fact. Science fiction is often a look forward, focusing on contemporary anxieties, issues, and hopes, and exploring those in a way that imagines a different future, even if it’s actually set in the past. Loading Human, an upcoming virtual reality game, takes concepts like love and loss and pushes them to their limits, using the lens of science fiction to examine them in a new light.
Loading Human’s Nonlinear Narrative Lets You Explore Connections
Nonlinear narratives aren’t just those that let you move around the world of a game at your leisure. In the case of science fiction, a nonlinear story can be one that jumps back and forth in time, whether through some kind of time-travel device or something more abstract. Telling a story out of order, as Loading Human does, shows you a different side of causes and effects, complicating what may seem to be a straightforward idea or event.
Loading Human begins with a simple introduction in which you meet the key characters—Prometheus, a young astronaut whose shoes you step into; his father Dorian, who needs your help to find a mysterious object called the Quintessence to keep himself alive; and Alice, Dorian’s intriguing secretary. Rather than following the story straight from beginning to end, Loading Human jumps around in time, giving you consequences before the actions that cause them, making you wonder about how things come to pass.
It’s similar to something like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a sci-fi story that, at its heart, is about people and relationships. By progressing nonlinearly, it lets you watch a relationship form and unravel simultaneously, and it’s only on subsequent viewings that you can understand exactly how events unfold. Loading Human takes this concept one step further by bringing it into the more immersive realm of video games. Experiencing events out of order allows you to draw connections and discover surprising links which might otherwise have escaped your notice.
Loading Human’s Twists and Turns Keep Players Unsettled
A twist is not a required feature of a sci-fi story, but the speculative nature of the genre often encourages writers to surprise their readers with the unexpected, whether that’s an alien, a shocking protagonist, or a revelation that not all is as it seems. Loading Human certainly fits the bill, but its episodic structure means that players will experience several twists over the course of its narrative, rather than just one.
Loading Human’s twists and turns are comparable to those of Duncan Jones’ Moon. While the twists themselves are considerably different, both works feature the isolation and loneliness of space as a core concept. What constitutes human connection when you travel vast distances through both space and time?
The twists in both stories serve to shake things up. Like a feinted punch, you think the hit is coming from one direction when it’s actually coming from another. You’re constantly aware that something is unsettling and wrong, but can’t quite figure out why. Mysteries and twists like these keep you digging deeper and deeper, searching for the core truth, somehow sensing that what you’ll find there will only unnerve you further.
Loading Human’s Vision of the Future Turns Today’s Concerns into Sci-Fi Problems
The future is one of the most common focuses of science fiction. Will our future be a blissful utopia or a horrifying dystopia? What will humanity look like centuries from now? These questions are things we ask now and explore through science fiction. The answers we come up with tend to reflect our contemporary feelings. As we enter into the age of virtual reality, the future seems a lot closer now than ever, making for some interesting fictional takes on what may yet lie ahead.
Loading Human is set during an age yet to come, one in which humans can extend their lives indefinitely and human-controlled long-distance space travel is feasible. Despite the futuristic setting, Loading Human is still an inherently human story. Rather than getting lost in futuristic details of far-off technologies, the game is grounded in the human experience. You navigate the full spectrum of emotion—love, grief, and all the jagged, mixed-up feelings at the heart of every tumultuous relationship—along with the additional complications the future brings. Traveling light-years away to save one person may mean the loss of another—a problem that we don’t currently contend with, but is deeply rooted in current struggles to balance family and romantic relationships. This is the secret weapon of sci-fi stories. You can be truthful and profound by being creative, rather than representing reality exactly as it is.
Loading Human’s Use of Sci-Fi Story Conventions Cements its Place in the Genre
Loading Human draws on common sci-fi features to form a uniquely compelling narrative which connects contemporary ideas with futuristic concepts. Science fiction lets us imagine a future that looks at the concerns we have today in a new way, as Loading Human does with ideas like love, life, and death. What will such things mean in the future, when life can be extended? How will familial love affect romantic relationships? And what is more important—the family you make, or the family you’re born into?
Loading Human combines a futuristic narrative with virtual reality technology for an incredible, genre-defining experience. Preorder your copy today!