The First Season
A computer programmer is creating the perfect
universe for an interactive virtual world where players can interact
with people as if in the real universe.
The development of this game is not easy as the
virtual characters are aware of their existence and should really
take the world as a real one. This is a bit like playing God and
creating the perfect game universe where no human will question
it and will take it as is. Please watch the movie 13th Floor for
a better idea of how this story goes.
Three Game Testers come along and play the game
to find out if there are any flaws and if the game can be played
perfectly without a glitch. This is the basis for the series.
Each episode will be about a new scenario in the virtual world
where the virtual characters should not suddenly question reality
and the testers can actually enjoy a good game.
At the beginning of a session or episode, the
testers choose where they want to be, what they want to see, if
they want to shoot at robots, aliens, or simply enjoy a detective
story. If we can secure the rights, then we can make it very specific
and recreate any realistic version of a game or book on the market.
The Virtual Game can call up to any prominent member of society
past or present, like Einstein or Madonna, and ask of them to
become whatever the players require.
The testers will have certain powers to make the
game more interesting and this will be unacceptable to our virtual
characters as they will know better, this magic or these miracles
are not possible. Soon they will develop ways to counteract these
advantages our players will have.
The game play is similar to the holodeck in Star
Trek and it is therefore exactly like reality, though sometimes
we can mix animated characters or create an environment similar
to any video game. It also has its special features, the laws
of physics are not working exactly as they should and soon the
virtual characters will understand things we have not even considered.
The virtual universe will become the model to understand our own
universe, complicating the life of the computer programmer and
the players even more.
The problem will always be that the virtual characters
are extremely skeptical and don't take anything for granted. It
needs to be corrected: the characters and the virtual universe.
Players of the game are aware of this and they need to take notes
about what should be changed. So at the end of each episode there
will be a report made to the creator (the computer programmer
or God), in order to make sure everything goes smoothly in the
The Virtual Universe is an up to date and modern
show mixing video games and real life in the quest to create the
perfect game world every player can only dream of. Complete immersion
into the game play and the chance to change the environment as
they progress. Only one problem, the characters in the game are
self aware, intelligent and they fight back!
The Programmer, the Players,
the Virtual Characters
The Programmer/The Creator/God
The Programmer is called God or the Creator. He
does not answer to any other name. He was on the team who developed
the first ever 3D games and has moved way beyond anything that
has been done up until now. The technology he is working with
is the most advanced in the world and he has access to virtually
every known database available to man and a few secret ones on
top of that. From his fingertips he controls a whole new universe
that has a life of its own. His virtual characters are learning
in time and eventually could destroy his creation, something the
creator is deeply aware of and needs to prevent.
The programmer also supervises the players and
the virtual characters while the game is on. For example something
might go wrong and only a last minute change in the program from
the creator might save the players. Any glitch can also be corrected
as the episode progresses, and the players will sometime ask for
certain objects or a better view. The creator listens to the testers
and works at perfecting the virtual universe.
Player 1 – Chanya The Master
(She’s Out of this World!)
Chanya is the top player of most popular games
in the world. She has won just about every competition on the
planet and she is the expert in gaming. She represents the freak
player who knows what she wants. There is no place for second
best, illogical plots or bugs. She will finish a game without
cheating even if it kills her (many times over).
Player 2 – Ryan The
Cheater (He’s only Human…)
Ryan is a moderate player. He knows his stuff,
he’s good, but he’s no expert. He represents the normal
customer who will buy a game for the fun of it and will usually
give up before the end as he is not that bothered. He will look
for cheats, hacks and an easy way out.
Player 3 – Wu Tse The
Beginner (She’s Pure and Innocent.)
Wu Tse is a total ignorant, she can’t even
record a film with her DVD Recorder! She represents the debutant
player incapable of lasting even the first 3 minutes of a game.
She is necessary to the testing procedure because every game should
start easy to make sure the new player can get into the game before
throwing away the console or destroy it in a rage.
The Virtual Characters
The Virtual Characters don’t have a specific
description because they come back differently depending on the
game being tested. They don’t appear in every episode, it
depends on the needs of the Creator, but they are often the same
actors. They can be dressed in suits, in soldier’s uniform,
in armor, as robots, as gods, as aliens, as anything. They keep
their name from one episode to the next.
They will eventually have their secret meetings
regarding their universe and what they can do to change their
fate. They don’t want to be used as they are, to become
soldiers or aliens fighting some players. They are trying to understand
the nature of their universe and are looking for a way out. Eventually
they will become agile at changing the scenario of the programmer
and will be more and more unpredictable. The creator is having
a hard time keeping them in line, it’s a constant battle.
At the end of the season the virtual characters and the creator
will have to come to a better arrangement if this virtual universe
is to continue providing fun for the players.
Beyond the First Season - Going Deeper
As the story goes, the computer programmer
will start to see himself as a God and will soon seek out his
own creator, as he will suspect he is too living in a virtual
world created by another programmer just like him. Since he will
have the wisdom to leave clues in his master game in order for
the virtual characters to find him, he will soon go after the
clues another programmer would have left for him in the real world.
This other God he will eventually find will ask for his help with
the design of the perfect universe. That will not be enough for
our programmer, he will then wish to meet the creator of his creator.
As the second season goes, we will meet many layers
of reality with a God for each one of them, and we will get confirmation
that life is just a video game. They will unite to form a Guild
of Creators and they will help each other to build the Perfect
Virtual Universe. Our players’ mission will now be to move
in between all these other universes, find the clues leading to
the creator of the virtual universe they will be exploring, and
report back to the Guild of Creators.
There will also be the question of who is the
ultimate creator and the search for this ultimate universe. As
we go up the ladder, each universe has much more to offer than
the previous one. Until we reach some sort of reality that has
nothing to do with us or the universe as we know it. It turns
out that the more down the line we go the more realistic and perfect
it becomes, in the sense that it is easier to accept for human
being to live happily.
This is a quest to find the real universe and
the place humans have in it. It is also about how the universe
might have looked and how we could improve upon its design. Ultimately,
this extraordinary way of looking at the universe can change completely,
we could have been living in a dark room for all of our existence.
First there were oceans to stop us, then we went beyond the oceans.
Then there was space, and now we can go beyond that. And what
is it that exists beyond space or the universe? This is where
our computer programmer and players need to go. Not an easy task,
but it is not beyond them. If they can understand the underlying
laws governing the universe, they can get there and meet their
creator. What they will discover there is beyond belief or our
understanding, but it is the real universe. Again, it is only
programming and there is something else beyond that. Is there
an ultimate creator? An ultimate God? No, because something or
someone must have created him. This is the main concern of the
Guild of Creators.
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