How it all begins...
All our avatars are going about their business at the start of another normal school day <On WikiTube World.> It's a beautiful day on campus... Well, it's almost always a beautiful day here. Sure there is weather simulation but it rarely rains or is cold, practically everyday it's bright, sunny, and the birds are singing. It's permanently like a late spring or early fall day from British Columbia, Canada.
Even the forests here locally are giant redwoods exactly like the forest moon of Endor from the movie Return of the Jedi. The students usually tell all the new kids every year that over in McArthur Island Park their is an Ewok village. So it's not uncommon to see a flood of noobs over their searching... Yes, hazing the noobs is still a practice, even on a Virtual Campus.
This morning everyone was stopped in their tracks. An automated voice message chimed in over the audio all across campus. It sounded a bit like a P.A. system from an old style school. There was this little chime sound, some crackling then a loud megaphone screech as the voice bellied up to the mic. The voice was that of Ms. Parisa Erdoğan, the founder and lead developer at DreamWorld Studios. It was her source code that was used to created the Virtual Galaxy Beta (VGB) software. VGB had become the primary source of internet access, advanced education, and entertainment for the world. This success had made Parisa and DreamWorld Studio the richest company and individual world. Parissa was estimated to be worth well over 100 billion.Parisa's message...
"This is my last will and testament. All of that legal mumbo-jumbo stuff is encased in the coding and copies are in the hands of a bunch of people... So if anyone is thinking of anything funny they can just forget it.
I'm going to be straight with you all. I worked damn hard on Virtual Galaxy Beta and it has pretty much consumed my life. I started writing the core code for this almost 40 years ago. When I wasn't writing code I was off playing games. Damn, I love those old games. Not because they were all the great but because it's a bit like watching an infant take it's first steps. Damn, magical I tell you. Aside from the occasional drop in the babies nappy, it's been a sweet ride.
Along the way though, I found out that I couldn't have children and I never made a lot of friends. The few friends that I have are pretty much controlling my company because I couldn't trust anyone else to do it. Thank you guys, without you I could never have done it.... but I already made you all filthy rich so you're not inheriting a damn thing from me.
No, no.. I'm not just rambling. I'm telling you all this because if you look in your UI's Options your going to find a new section. "Leader Board." That's right. One last great game for everyone to play. The bulk of my possessions, the key to controlling the code of VGB will all go to the winner. I realized that wasn't enough though so I'm also making prizes for everyone that places in the top 100. The top 4 places will get prizes like this:Fourth Place
: Wins 10 Million DollarsThird Place
: Wins 50 Million DollarsSecond Place
: Wins 100 Million DollarsFirst Place
: Gets the grand prize of the remainder of my wealth, controlling interest in my privately held company, DreamWorld Studios, and... the key to the code for VGB
Everyone else in the top 100 will get a 25 thousand dollar prize for competing. That's 2.5 million dollars in prize money up for grabs.
Just to sweeten the pot, I've added a bunch of other little prizes throughout the VGB for completing games, earning the most VCoins, etc etc etc.. You'll see them all as you go along.
There's a catch though.
The haptic headgear that allows everyone to enter VGB has been locked. If anyone tries to remove the gear basically your brain will short circuit and you'll be a vegetable for the rest of your life. Sorry about that but I had to make sure that no one was going to cheat. People on the outside world can still watch what is going on inside but they can't communicate with you in anyways.
That's a word of caution to the outside world. Don't try to mess with this game. I've built in plenty of fail safes. It took me 40 years to write this code I'm sure it'll take you a few years to crack it.
Now don't worry, since everyone in VGB uses an avatar and pseudonym - no one in the outside world will know who you are. That means no one will go around pulling off your headgear on purpose to take you out of the game.
Oh, by the way the log out option has been disabled in your UI.
When the final stage is completed, everything goes back to normal. So if everyone is ready then let's begin..."
GAME ON!OOC: At the time that Parisa created this message she was not aware that people from the outside world would find a way to crack the code and jump into VGB. Those new (NPC) players would start with fewer XP points and not having solved or defeated any of the soon to be known required elements but because they could watch from the outside they'd know how to solve/do those things quickly. Enemies/greedy people will soon enter the game... but for now it's, Game On.
At the same time the message ended there was an audible beep and a synthesized masculine voice said "All Stats have been reset." In that moment, all clothing, items, weapons, armor, stats.. everything accept the avatars were set to empty/0. Nude avatars stood around in classrooms and open fields aghast at what happened.