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11 It took close to 200 players almost four hours to beat the thing down into the ground. Why, you might ask, would anyone waste four hours of their life doing this? Because a game said it couldn’t be done. . This is like the Quake freaks that fire their rocket 16 Chapter 1 launchers at their own feet to propel themselves up so they can jump straight to the exit and skip 90% of the level and finish in 2 seconds. Someone probably told them they couldn’t finish in less than a minute. Games are about challenges, about hurdles or puzzles or fights overcome.
His name was drawn from quite a different source: William Blake’s 1794 Book of Urizen, the story of a conflicted anti-hero who is cast out of the heavens and into a chaotic void, then rises to create a new world there. 1 So, in the guise of a flea-bit 1970s detective with an eighteenth-century metaphysicist’s name, he ventured out to explore Alphaville. But even finding people to talk to was sometimes difficult. As he wandered around Alphaville in his first days in the game, Urizenus often came upon roomfuls of avatars seemingly engaged in tasks of one kind or another: lifting weights, reading a book, playing a piano, or learning other skills (‘‘skilling,’’ in TSO parlance) that would make it easier for them to green their motive bars or earn the game’s virtual currency, known as simoleans.
Computer-controlled dwarves made poor conversationalists; a person sitting at a terminal hundreds or thousands of miles away could provide a very different set of responses, from the polite, sane, and helpful to the churlish, crazy, and injurious, and everything in between. With human typists behind the other characters, it was like being in a parallel world. With MUD1, computer games graduated from being finite tasks limited by the complexity of the software behind them, and became places where there was no end of possible situations one might encounter in the course of what looked at first glance like only a game.
The Second Life Herald: The Virtual Tabloid that Witnessed the Dawn of the Metaverse by Peter Ludlow