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About this game

What doesn't kill you...kills someone else, and leads you down an ethical rabbit hole. In the near future, paying users can rent the "virtual experiences" of other people. These "feeders" sublet their own bodies, at the risk of their own lives, so that customers can safely enjoy extreme, potentially self-destructive vices, like binge eating, cliff diving, or worse.

"Rent-a-Vice" is a 150,000-word interactive cyberpunk-noir mystery novel, and 2018 Nebula Award for Game Writing Finalist, by Natalia Theodoridou, where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based—without graphics or sound effects—and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

You're a private investigator with a bad habit, an ex, and mountains of debt--troubles so deep that you stand to lose custody of your kid. When a mysterious client asks for your help finding their missing lover in the seamy world of virtual experience, it's up to you to gather evidence, experience the technology for yourself, and solve the case.

Delve into the darkest corners of the clandestine Rent-a-Vice industry. If you believe the etho-politicians, VE compromises the well-being of society, and normalizes vice and disorder. But what are users after? Is it entertainment, or something deeper? And is there anything in it for the feeders, other than profit?

As for you, will you resist your own vices, or go all in?

• Play as male, female, or non-binary; gay, straight, or bisexual.
• Fight or embrace your personal demons, struggle against the machinery of power, and find friendship in unlikely places.
• Save those in trouble or extort them for your silence, or go rogue and burn the entire industry to the ground.
• Expose corruption or exploit it for your gain.
• Test your skills as a PI while you share other people's experiences of life and death.
• Trade favors to retain custody of your child; reunite with your ex, or find romance with someone new.
• Become a champion for the marginalized, usher in a new ethical standard, or step on corpses to climb to the top.
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Mar 27, 2022

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340 reviews
A Google user
October 3, 2019
Story has a lot of heart and hard choices, but overall it feels a little hollow. Choices barely seem to matter in the end. Also stats were weird and messed with the story in weird ways. At times I wasn't sure which stat was being utilized and it caused failures in dialogue that impeded the investigation. Interesting concept though.
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A Google user
December 15, 2019
Writing was full of errors, and had very little choices. Also it was too short to pay almost $5 for. Very little content after I paid, and nothing ever changed in the story after paying. What a rip off! Save your money, try one of the other stories. This one felt rushed, and definitely wasn't worth my time, or money!! Seemed like it was not completed, or just hurried. Could have been much better. Interesting idea, poor execution. I would give 0 stars if I could.
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Papi Long Legs
July 13, 2021
This story moved me to literal tears. A lot of the stuff in this I felt I could relate to, and some I really could (self harm, depression, hopelessness), and it just moved me so bad. I genuinely loved the story and wish there was more, maybe a sequel or even that the story was longer, though it already felt like it went on for forever. Ended up getting back with the ex, and after everything that happened it just felt good to have a good ending. Absolutely loved it, 10/10, will play again.
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