An identity crisis in Observation: Exploring dissociation with science fiction

June 19, 2019
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This piece contains significant spoilers for Observation!

I doubt it’s a common occurrence for people, but for anyone with mental health issues, there’s a familiar situation to find yourself in: you’re in the aftermath of something you did and you’re not sure what it was. You have to pick through the wreckage.

Even without the experience of a dissociative episode, Observation is a tense, sometimes mind-boggling thriller in which you take on the role of a HAL 9000-esque AI, piecing together their space station following an unseen incident. If you have that experience though, as I do, then Observation becomes a weirdly relatable game despite being all about inhabiting a disembodied computer.

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