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the spectre arises of a world with no genuine people, only machines that simulate genuine people perfectly
I'm ashamed to confess that I missed out on the third installment and New Vegas because of things, but I would really like to get into something and this sounds dandy. Or perhaps try the Vegas one then, if that one's good.
Some might consider the difference a bit academic.
Arthur: In the end I did decide that synths are people, on the basis that some of them want to rebel and be free; being able to come up with a conclusion and a set of behaviours which their designers would not only never intentionally program them with, but also would presumably do as much as they could to suppress, is a sure sign that some actual independent thought process is happening there rather than running through a series of programmed reactions. But it took a whole heap of observation and consideration to come to that conclusion.
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