Back to the computer game: I wasn't able to beat it when I first played it as a 7th grader, but 3 years later I managed to actually start making my own decisions and stop listening to the damn computers.
Still the hell each of those characters went through makes any angst I may feel minimal. If you lose (or if you just read the book). Having absolutely nothing in your power, not even being able to kill yourself, by bludgening your head next to a rock.
Anywho, in the game you follow one of five characters:
You first follow each of the characters through a personal quest set up by AM, formerly Allied Mastercomputer. This allows you to build up yourself esteem, by outwitting AM. Then you go through a final quest to destroy him, depending on what you figure out.