It was made in secrecy. Few knew about the development beforehand. A surprise to gaming community. A game which will redefine the meaning of "Virtual Reality". Created with the best in graphic technology, filled with a world and story so deep it could engage players for years to come.
Its release date was unknown. Its publisher was unknown. The only rumor which was recently out was that the game would begin its close beta phase soon. Invitations had been spread to those deemed worthy to try the game. Enthusiast. Gaming experts. A wide range of potential customer base. Those who've received the invitation boasted it online, although only few could be true. Their numbers weren't known, but approximated to ten thousands from all over the world.
Utilizing its newest technology in Virtual Reality, the Total Immersion System (abbreviated as TIS), the game stimulates entire five senses. Player would enter the game through a capsule-like chamber, giving total immersion to the game world. Moving a finger in real life will translate to the avatar in game. Everything is made possible with a thought. Brainwave sensors gave the tiniest bit of thought into responses, providing a gaming system close if not similar to real life situation.
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Welcome to Fantasy Omega.
It's the year 2050, but the world hadn't change much. Flying cars were still dreams. Although life had been easier in general, usual, everday problems were still present. Youngsters laughed when they hear what the old people envisioned their years would be. Teleportation devices. Touchable hologram displays. Some of them were applicable to some extends, but the others were simply dreams exaggerated. One thing did advance, though. The Internet, the network between computers around the world, had entered into everyone's life. People were connected everyday, everytime to the vast collection of human thoughts. One aspect which flourished was Online Game. From the simple, 2-dimensional online role playing games back in 20th century into the advancement these days. Games had surpassed people's expectation from times to times, and soon game world wouldn't be able to be distinguished from real world. The level of reality was so high it bordered on the uncanny valley.
As such, it was no surprise to her when her brother brought back the news of a new game. "Surpassing reality", he said. The game's name was Fantasy Omega, a role-playing game blending element of usual medieval settings with modern ages. While the premise was the simple role playing game, it was awaited for its boast of "Real Life Virtual Reality". She thought that it would be nonsense. After all, game was just game. There was no way a game can come close to reality. Rumors of it kept on floating the Net, thus there was no way to confirm whether it was true or not than trying the game itself.
Which was why it piqued her interest when her brother brought two keys for the Close Beta period. Finding it peculiar, she agreed to play the game as a beta tester. Few weeks passed by, and soon the time was nigh. The siblings went to their usual internet cafe, which was supposed to be, in secret only known to chosen beta players, housing a few TIS chamber. Since TIS was a big structure, it would be most likely that normal players would need to play from internet cafe, like what the two did.
Her brother entered one of the capsule-like TIS, and she followed suit on the one beside his. When the door closed, it was utter darkness. And then, the engine started. She was suddenly inside a white space, and instructions started to be displayed in front of her. Was it a part of the capsule's function? Or has the game begin and she was seeing it in her mind, like how Nerve Gaming System worked? She started to show interest in the game. First step was to create an avatar, which could be anyhow she imagined it would be. She ended up creating an avatar similar to her own self, although there were slight differences. That was good enough, she concluded. Next would be a name. She gave thought for a bit, before settling on one.
"Shasarazade," she thought. It was all that the system needed to response. Her data was sent in, and the world grew dark once more.
"Welcome to the world of Gaia, Shasarazade. May the Goddess be with you," the introduction sentence played out and then everything was silent.
Had she fallen asleep? The darkness seemed to last only a few seconds, or could it be hours? Apparently tapping to the nerve system directly could affect one's perception of time. She was sure that it wouldn't have been a minute now. When she opened her eyes instinctively, everything has changed. She was no longer inside the internet cafe. Instead, she was standing atop a prairie, a red sky hanging above him. "Whoa..." she couldn't help but opened her mouth wide. The feeling of wind breezing through her, the soft nudge of grasses playfully swaying below...even the resolution seemed so high she swore she mistook it for real life at that moment. "This is for real...it's awesome," when she touched her hand together, she could literally feel the skin brushing each others. Her finger could feel the texture of the grass. It was strange. It was...unbelieveable.
Suddenly in front of her eyes was shown words from out of nowhere. She realized that her avatar was wearing a goggles-like apparatus. The glass part was actually projection made by the hanging piece on her right ear. The words were something she'd seen in other games: "quest", "status", "menu", and many other standard game function. When she removed the goggles, she could see the world in full view without being obstructed by what was being displayed.
"To enhance PvP, huh? That's nice. The developer really thought much about this," she put the goggles back on. Information about her location appeared. She was in the Field of Beginning, with a quest title shining on the top-left corner. "Visit El Brunel, the Champion City", it said. Perhaps it was a beginner town, where she could get more quests and leveled up. She was a bit confused about her brother's whereabout, though. Seems like the game employed random points for new players to enter. "Well, perhaps I'll meet him there. I don't know what his name is, though...but I bet his face stayed the same," her brother had no sense of imagination when it came to that kind of things. She would just have to see the town then. Following the direction shown in the map on her goggles, she started the journey.