Analogue: A Hate Story is a western visual novel created by Christine Love and released in early 2012. It's technically a sequel to the 2010 Digital: A Love Story, but the only connection is the setting - no characters persist between the two, and Analogue takes place hundreds of years in Digital's future, so no familiarity with the first game is necessary.
Things to know:
- Analogue is about a derelict colony ship that was found after going missing for hundreds of years. The player plays the role of an investigator using the ship's computer to interact with the resident AIs and figure out what happened on the ship. In a bigger sense, Analogue is about transhumanism, women's rights, traditional marriage, LGBT issues, future anthropology, and loneliness.
- Analogue has a lot of reading. It is, in fact, practically a text adventure.
- Despite being a western-developed game, Analogue is still pretty anime. If that isn't your cup of tea, you may not enjoy it.
- Analogue touches on some pretty dark and serious themes. It can be more than a little heavy-handed about them at times. There are some parts that may make some readers uncomfortable - I'll warn about them in advance, and TIMG the relevant sections in case you want to skip over them.
- This LP won't have a strict daily update schedule, but I'll try to keep new updates coming every 2-3 days. The reason for the delay is that the game is highly nonlinear, and I'm going to be opening decisions to audience vote on a regular basis. Voting on binary decisions will get 24 hours, more complicated decisions will get 48.
- No spoilers, even under spoiler tags. Speculation is allowed and encouraged.
Table of Contents
- Part 1: Initial Connection
- Part 2: Mugunghwa
- Part 3: The Pale Bride
- Part 4: Kim Yeong-seok
- Part 5: Hyun-ae
- Part 6: *Mute
- Part 7: The Smiths
- Part 8: Hana
- Part 9: Smith Sang-jung
- Part 10: Second Opinion
- Part 11: Cosplay
- Part 12: Ryu Jae-hwa
- Part 13: Bad Priorities
- Part 14: The Reactor
- Part 15: *Mute's Questions
- Part 16: Happy Marriage
- Part 17: Back to Hell
- Part 18: Why did you kill all those people?
- Part 19: Confession
- Part 20: Chance
- Part 21: Just Friends
- Part 22: I'm a horrible monster who'll let you die
- Part 23: Alternately
- Part 24: The Reactor Revisited
- Part 25: Maintenance Logs
- Part 26: This is Goodbye
- Part 27: You're Missing Something
- Related works
*Hyun-ae's and *Mute's Notes
Notes on Pronunciation
A cliché to remember
Kim family tree
Smith family tree
Letter to Sun-hi 1, 4/18/313 Kim Eun-mi
Letter to Eun-mi 1, 4/29/313 Kim Sun-hi
Letter to Eun-mi 2, 7/6/316 Kim Sun-hi
Letter to Sun-hi 2, 7/17/316 Kim Eun-mi
Letter to Sun-hi 3, 4/13/317 Kim Eun-mi
Letter to Eun-mi 3, 5/15/318 Kim Sun-hi
Letter to Sun-hi 4, 5/16/318 Kim Eun-mi
Letter to Eun-mi 4, 2/3/322 Kim Sun-hi
Unsent letter to Sun-hi, 2/6/322 Kim Eun-mi
Unsent Letter 1, 11/21/321 Oh So-jin
Unsent Letter 2, 11/26/321 Hana
Pretty Flower, 12/5/321 Hana
Unsent Letter 3, 12/9/321 Oh So-jin
Unsent Letter 4, 12/21/321 Hana
My art is, 12/29/321 Hana
Unsent Letter 5 2/12/322 Oh So-jin
Unsent Letter 6 2/23/322 Hana
Unsent Letter 7 3/3/322 Oh So-jin
Brought home, 1/11/311 Oh So-jin
Laughable, 4/6/313 Oh So-jin
A proper damn gentleman 4/18/313 *Mute
Daughter, 7/10/313 Oh So-jin
I'm sorry, 9/18/313 Smith Sang-min
No luck, 2/20/314 Smith Sang-min
Visit from Sang-jung, 5/30/314 Oh So-jin
Legendary Temper, 7/14/314 A clerk
Drank himself to death, 9/5/315 Oh So-jin
A pack of idiots, 9/8/315 Smith Kyung-sam
Contempt, 9/23/315 Oh So-jin
By example, 10/4/315 Smith Kyung-sam
Mourning dress, 10/14/315 Ryu Jae-hwa
Letter to Sang-min, 6/30/317 Smith Sang-hi
Response to Sang-hi, 7/4/317 Smith Sang-min
Letter to Sang-min 2, 7/6/317 Smith Sang-hi
Response to Sang-hi 2, 7/10/317 Smith Sang-min
Here comes the fall, 1/12/322 Smith Kyung-sam
The month of good fortune, 2/29/319 Kim Jung-su
Broken Promise, 3/5/319 The Pale Bride
Insufferable Child, 7/24/319 Yeong-seok's wife
Held prisoner, 8/3/319, The Pale Bride
At least use my real name!, 9/8/319, The Pale Bride
Women's quarters, 10/3/319, The Pale Bride
Straight to hell, 10/27/319, The Pale Bride
Wife, 11/23/319, The Pale Bride
The Bride's adolescence, 3/7/321, Kim Jung-su
Dear Smith, 4/30/321 *Mute
Just us wives, 3/13/321 The Pale Bride
Little Sister, 6/2/321 The Pale Bride
Illiterate, 7/13/321 Ryu Jae-hwa
Muteness, 10/2/321 The Pale Bride
Arguing the emperor, 12/29/321 Ryu Jae-hwa
Why did she have to die?!, 1/28/322 The Pale Bride
Back to hell, 2/10/322 The Pale Bride
I'll kill them all!, 3/3/322 The Pale Bride
The nightmarish bridde, 2/7/320 Heo Min-jung
Mother, 2/21/320 The Pale Bride
Independent woman, 4/3/320 Heo Min-jung
The new anxiety, 4/22/320 Yeong-seok's wife
My last stand, 5/13/320 The Pale Bride
Drastic measures, 5/13/320 Heo Min-jung
Forever silenced, 5/13/320 The Pale Bride
Peace at last, 2/14/321 Heo Min-jung
The new promise, 3/7/321 Yeong-seok's wife
Last midday report, 3/4/322 *Mute
Maintenance logs, 3/5/322 *Mute
Camera footage, ? *Mute
The new heir, 10/30/316 Kim Yeong-seok
The new wife, 7/13/318 Kim Yeong-seok
The new official, 12/30/318 Kim Jung-su
The new happiness, 2/8/319 Yeong-seok's wife
The new girl, 3/2/319 Yeong-seok's wife
The new friendship, 10/18/321 Kim Yeong-seok
The new bruise, 11/25/321 Yeong-seok's wife
The new bribe, 12/28/321 Kim Yeong-seok
The new magistrate, 1/12/322 Yeong-seok's wife
Confidence, 4/5/319 Ryu Jae-hwa
Marital admonitions pt. 1, 1/30/321 Ryu Jae-hwa
Marital admonitions pt. 2, 1/30/321 Ryu Jae-hwa
Marital admonitions pt. 3, 1/30/321 Ryu Jae-hwa
Marital admonitions pt. 4, 1/30/321 Ryu Jae-hwa
Marital admonitions pt. 5, 1/30/321 Ryu Jae-hwa
Marital admonitions pt. 6, 1/30/321 Ryu Jae-hwa
Marital admonitions, pt. 7, 1/30/321 Ryu Jae-hwa
The Pale Bride's Marriage, 3/13/321 Ryu Jae-hwa
There are spoilers beyond this point! Enter at your own risk!
The Mugunghwa's archival AI. Cooperating with us to unravel the story of what happened on the ship.
The Mungunghwa's security AI. Blames *Hyun-ae for the deaths of the people on the ship.
Father of Kim Yeong-seok. And old-fashioned man greatly concerned for the continued prosperity of the Kim family. Released the Pale Bride from stasis.
Adopted son of Kim Jung-Su, after his father's death in 316. As the heir, he planned to become high magistrate and surpass his late father.
In Year 322, he succeeded in his ambition.
Kim Yeong-seok's wife
Name unknown. Had a very unfavorable first impression of the Pale Bride. Good at math - often helped her husband with matters of state.
Smith Sang-min's wife. Constantly struggled with getting her husband's attention and affections. Involved in some sort of huge scandal.
The scandal: She had an affair with her husband's concubine.
Last Captain and Emperor of the Mugunghwa.
First wife of Captain Ryu. Was nervous at the prospect of her husband taking on a second wife.
Also Captain Ryu's sister.
Only son of Dai-ho. Had no faith in the main Smith branch's future. Possibly a scoundrel.
Youngest son of Dai-hyun. Alcoholic, often cleaned up after the mistakes of his brothers. Eventually drank himself to death. *Mute was in love with him.
Older sister of Sang-min. Was widowed in 317.
Middle son of Dai-hyun. A violent and abrasive man.
Oldest son of Dai-hyun. A competent high magistrate, but with a tendency to let his affections wander. Was fired in Year 322 due to an excess of embarrassing scandals.
The Pale Bride
Second wife of Captain Ryu. Had been in cryo-stasis since an unknown time in the distant past, in hopes of finding a cure for an unknown disease. Very much an outsider to this culture.
Real name: Kim Hyun-ae.
1/1: All historical records are deleted.
?/?: Kim Jung-su married to Heo Min-Jung.
Smith Sang-min married to Oh So-jin.
?/?: Kim Eun-mi married to Park Kan-dae.
9/5: Smith Sang-jung dies.
9/18: Smith Sang-jung's funeral.
?/?: Kim Sun-hi married to Oh Nam-kyu.
?/?: Yeong-seok's father dies.
10/30: Yeong-seok adopted by Kim Jung-su.
7/6~10: Kim Yeong-seok married to Han ---.
12/13: Kim Yeong-seok passes his civil service examination.
2/29: The Pale Bride is released from her capsule.
5/13: The Pale Bride's tongue is cut out.
?/?: The Pale Bride married to Captain Ryu In-ho.
12/29: Oh So-jin begins her affair with Hana.
1/12: Smith Sang-min is fired.
1/12: Kim Yeong-seok becomes the new High Magistrate.
1/28: Ryu Jae-hwa dies.
3/5: The Pale Bride disables the life support, killing everyone on the ship.