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What was that weird 'shock'/EMP I received?

Well, I'm just past the part where the helicopter gets ambushed. Just as I entered Lower Hengsha, the entire game froze a bit, there was some electronic static and my things were rebooting (like I was hit by an EMP). It's happened before too.

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I'm assuming this is in-game and not the fault of my computer. And uh, if this is a spoiler for the end-game, spoiler tags, please!

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This is indeed something you figure out during the course of the game (unless you are in the habit of completely ignoring computers and the e-mails they contain).

If indeed you are impatient, take a look:

The phenomenon you are experiencing is something that Tai-Yung medical (and someone else, who I shall not name to avoid an additional unnecessary spoiler) is behind, in order to prompt people to replace their "faulty" neural interface augmentations with a new "improved" augmentation that does not suffer from this fake problem. The new augmentation chip acts as sort of a kill-switch that allows shutting off people's augmentations remotely (and other things, again, I'm trying to avoid unnecessary spoilers). As far as I can tell, the game never explains how this fake problem is caused, but I may have simply missed the explanation during my playthrough. You have a chance to replace your own chip with the "improved" version. If you do so, during a later boss fight your augmentations will be disabled.

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Yeah, I just found out a couple minutes after I asked this via Pritchard in-game. Thanks anyways! I know I won't be installing it. –  SS' Apr 1 '12 at 18:42
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If you install the upgrade, your augmentations will be partially disabled during a boss fight later in the game, making it slightly more difficult. –  hammar Apr 1 '12 at 18:55
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