Could Sword Art Online become Reality?
If you haven’t caught wind of this series, don’t be surprised. It is still airing in Japan (now in its second season) and not on DVD here in the US yet. To give you a quick overview, it is about a virtual video fantasy game that ends up with a wild twist (we will tell you later after the break).
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It is set in the not too distant future and is a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) – even the acronym is long. You wear a helmet that allows you to use your 5 senses within the game. Think of it as The Matrix mixed with World of Warcraft (WoW) or Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). How cool would that be to feel the Sword or Battle Axe in your hands swinging it at Ogres? You also have a virtual interface to switch weapons, review your inventory, check on others and eat.
The good news is there would be no eye strain or corporal tunnel syndrome, but probably bed sores. I would be investing in a very comfortable bed.
Here is a possible (and silly) scenario that may happen. Your Mom would have to tap into the game to get you to come to dinner or clean you room. While in the mist of a battle, you hear “Harold Honey, time for dinner! Put down that stick and make sure you wash your hands”. What would everyone in your party think of that little episode – besides thunderous laughter?
Did we mention that it hijacks all the players virtually with no way to log out. You read that right, you enter a virtual fantasy world for a little bit of fun and excitement, then BANG – this happens. There is a massive announcement by the game designer which is broadcast to everyone. He tells you that the only way you can get out of the game is to complete all the levels. On top of that, if you die in the game, you will die in the real world as well. Just to add insult to injury, they replace your current avatar bodies with your actual one in the real world. No hiding your face now!
Now don’t worry as it isn’t all gloom and doom. We do see relationships build, alliances made and a bit of romance to boot. What would you expect if you were stuck in a game for a couple years?
How do you think this would pan out if it happened today?
Would the Government get involved?
What would happen the the thousands of people stuck on the game?
What do you think? Leave a comment.