AI: The Somnium Files Creator Has Some Profound Thoughts on Gender Identity

AI: The Somnium Files Creator Has Some Profound Thoughts on Gender Identity

zero exhaust Y AI: The Somnium Files writer and director Kotarou Uchikoshi He took to Twitter recently with a bit of trivia regarding the gender identity of one of the supporting characters in his latest game, AI: The Somnium Files – Nirvana Initiative.

*Note: This article contains minor spoilers. AI: The Somnium Files – Nirvana Initiative.

His original tweet thread dives into not only Marco’s gender identity (an AI designed to help police solve crimes by diving into the minds of criminals and key witnesses), but also the process of locating him and why. Certain decisions were made about how the character is referred to in English.

Unsurprisingly, the conservative side of the game’s fandom exploded. Some complaints were met with sarcastic humor.

Others were met with a sincere outpouring of love in the face of hate.

But what was most interesting was when the conversation turned into a philosophical look at gender identity in general.

Uchikoshi has expressed his support for the LGBTQ+ community in his two AI: The Somnium Files games. In the original game, Mizuki He says Mama, owner of a marble bar, “The LGBT community is rich in sensitivity, has excellent taste and is full of talented and artistic people. And they share a common struggle… It makes them more sensitive and capable of sympathy. It’s because that so many of them are kind and caring. And they choose to live their lives, on their own terms. It means they have a strong backbone. So because of all of that, I really respect them. They’re even a little cool…”

The same sentiment is reiterated in the sequel where Mizuki punish people who discriminate against LGBTQ+ people, the disabled community, and other minorities. The games encyclopedia entry for LGBTQ+ also clearly states: “The acronym LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning. I love you all!”

Font: Kotarou Uchikoshi On twitter

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