She used The Elder Scrolls as an example where you pick up a book and you can read it. At first I didn't like the idea but I thought about it some more...
The problem with TES is that it doesn't keep record of the books you read so you can look at them again in the future. Accurate to the era, the only way to look at it again is to keep one in a library of your own making. Obviously things aren't done the same in 2042 so time to brainstorm...
Ironically enough, Alpha Protocol comes to mind. Remember that really long tutorial/conversation with Westridge (41:25)? He tells you (45:40, unfortunate fast-forwarding is unfortunate) how hearing a name or information will automatically add that information to your dossiers (his example: Westridge likes people getting straight to the point; professional attitude). Not only that, but dossier information can be weaponized in dialogs, often to the effect of taking the target character off guard, potentially even changing their behavior to a significant degree (there's one in my mind right now but it's very spoiler/end game stuff so won't elaborate). Additionally, when information is added to the dossier, it is clearly noted on the screen that the dossier was updated (46:50).
In Consortium, the keywords pop up in the information console, yes, but no indication is given to player to suggest it has;
This ties in strongly to this thread:
Retaining some dialog information through playthroughs
I hope Vennir chimes in here. Other thoughts/suggestions welcomed.
Edit: From the linked thread:
FordGT90Concept wrote:Zombie posting is a bad idea, mmkay? A shame I get my best ideas when I'm <10% awake. XD
Still true! XD