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Nier: Automata's existential story about an endless war between androids and machines has a ton of great moments. My favourite moment of all doesn't come from an epic sword duel on top of a tower or a difficult, fourth wall-breaking decision, but instead from a perfect musical cue.

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Without his mask, Yoko Taro looks like anyone else at the Game Developers Conference. He has a thin grey beard and wears a black hoodie with short, flowing sleeves that wouldn't seem out of place at Hogwarts.

His head is shaved, and his face is round, but otherwise he doesn't resemble the giant Nier mask that has become his trademark over the past few years. He just looks like a Japanese man.

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Nier Automata is a game that gains meaning through repetition. The ending to the game changes following multiple playthroughs. Players see events from new perspectives and learn new information that recontextualizes past actions. It's given us a lot to think about. Mike and Heather dissect the story in this discussion.