Thoughts On: The Turing Test

Thoughts On: The Turing Test

Hi everyone! The Turing Test has been out for two months now. If you were on the fence or never heard about this game, feel free to stick around as I give you my thoughts about this game.

A Pleasant and Thought-Provoking Surprise

Honestly, I didn’t expect much out of The Turing Test. I didn’t even know this game existed. It wasn’t until I saw it appear on the Xbox store and Steam that I thought about picking it up. As I read the description about it, I thought to myself, “Puzzles? Philosophy? Sure I’ll give it a shot.” In a nutshell, The Turing Test is a first-person puzzle game set on Europa as a woman named Ava Turing is sent to deal with something through puzzles only meant to be solved by humans. That’s pretty much all I’m telling about the story.

The first thing that really popped out of the game is the soundtrack. The score by Sam Houghton and Yakobo is a masterpiece in of itself. My favorite track thus far has to be “Crews Quarters.” The solemn piano track that builds up until more instruments come in absolutely gives me chills every time. The soundtrack is available now and is a must-buy.

Next I’ll talk about the meat of The Turing Test, and that is the puzzles itself. Each one is carefully crafted and challenging. The gameplay is reminiscent of the Portal games and Talos Principle. As the game progresses, there will be optional puzzles that can be solve for additional story content and achievements. After solving a room, I immediately felt like I accomplished something. And when that lightbulb lights up in your head on how to actually solve the puzzle is absolutely gratifying.

What really surprised me about the game was its dilemma. There is a moral compass that floats around in the game as the A.I. companion TOM speaks to you about what is happening. He speaks about humans and machines where you actually say, “He’s actually right.” To have a game that walks on a moral gray area where both Ava and TOM are right about both ideals. This game is extremely though-provoking and sheds light on a tough subject. The double meaning of the title “The Turing Test,” is that it involves the real Turing Test (by Alan Turing) and the main character Ava Turing. The real Turing test determines if a machine can behave and solve problems just as good as a human (don’t quote me on this). Whereas the other meaning is of Ava Turing, where this is her test to find out what happened on Europa; because TOM is unable to solve the puzzles.

To wrap up my thoughts, The Turing Test is a sleeper hit for 2016. It’s challenging, thought-provoking, and a great puzzle game. Where the end of the game puts a moral weight on your shoulders. This along with Unravel, hold a place in my heart as personal favorite games of 2016. If you haven’t played this game, I strongly urge you to play it. For only $20, this game is worth the price.

That’s all my thoughts for The Turing Test. If you liked what you read, I have my thoughts on the puzzle game Unravel, music in video games, and my series Road to Publication. Have a good night or good morning and I will talk to you later.

-Andrew 🙂

Road to Publication #3: Second Doubts

Road to Publication #3: Second Doubts

Hello to whoever just happened to be reading this. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on this and I thought I’d give an update to my road to publication for my novel The Impure.

So far, it hasn’t been easy. For the past year I’ve sent countless queries to countless literary agencies. And among the countless queries, only 40 of them responded, each one being a rejection. Those are just the ones that actually have responded. There are still ones that didn’t have time to respond, though I still think they’re rejections.

With all these rejections I’m having doubts and second thoughts. Is my writing any good? Will it ever be published? Should I just quit? Then I have to start and think about what is wrong. And usually I start with me. Mostly I think that my biggest problem is the query letter alone. Maybe it isn’t as good as it sounds in my head or it’s just bland. So I rewrite it to be more appealing and less eye-gouging. But even with that, I still get rejection after rejection.

Sometimes these doubts fill into my head right after I receive a rejection and it’s just a really bad feeling. It’s like… I pour my heart and soul out into the pages and I send it out, only to see people say “no.” I get that the market is subjective and it has preferences, but it gets rough.

Then something hits me. Is it because I don’t have “credibility?” I have to admit, I’m still in college and fairly young. Could that be the reason my queries are getting rejected? I has to be…

Nevertheless, with all the doubt, all the second thoughts, I have to power through all of it. I know my story is worth telling. Just maybe, some literary agent will just give me a shot and say “Hey, I trust your writing and you. Let me represent you.” But when will that day come?

I’m sorry, this is just gibber gabber from a college student with a dream. It’s just… I’m getting really tired of being in school for days on end hoping to get normal job and be a drone for the rest of my life. If you made it this far, you earned yourself a sticker. And thanks for reading my thoughts.

Have a good weekend and have a good night.

-Andrew