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Reality check: Microsoft, David Bowie, Bill Gates, and a creepy video game called ‘Omikron’

Sure, there was a game called Omikron: The Nomad Soul, starring a digital David Bowie, launched in 1999 for Microsoft Home windows.

No, the game was not made by Microsoft. Suggesting that Bill Gates had anything to do with it is like calling Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner the mastermind behind Fb as a result of the social community runs on iPhone.

Name me a puppet if you’ll, however it’s one more off-the-mark COVID-19 conspiracy theory involving the Microsoft co-founder.

The journey game, made by French developer Quantic Dream and revealed by Edios Interactive (now Sq. Enix), is getting a number of consideration this week as a result of rise of the Omicron variant, as you may think.

Fueling the conspiracy theories are the game’s underlying themes and anti-government plot, as illustrated by Bowie’s character on this Omikron clip.

I’ll simply go away this good little video game. It got here out in 1999. Voice is David Bowie. #Omicron #videogame #davidbowie #1999 pic.twitter.com/MyvOHoMbE4

“Get up, individuals of Omikron,” Bowie’s character says, warning that they’re being was authorities puppets. “Be part of the woke up ones, and rise as much as struggle in your freedom. Collectively we will win.”

When you haven’t encountered a Quantic Dream title earlier than, video games journalist Thomas Wilde explains that the studio “went on to make a number of the weirder video games of the subsequent few generations: Indigo Prophecy, Heavy Rain, Detroit: Turn out to be Human.” The studio “loves narrative, nudity, and frankly, unbelievable pretension,” he notes.

Omikron: The Nomad Soul got here out for Dreamcast a yr after its Home windows debut.

As luck would have it, Omikron is available to this day on Steam. As a part of my due diligence, I purchased the game this morning, and I’m taking part in it now. Perhaps I ought to schedule a COVID take a look at for later at the moment, simply in case.

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