Hey it’s me, haven’t posting for a long time right? But rather marveling at my benevolent presence followed by the pestering a lot of backlogs or missed anime episodes, I came to stop by and talk about Sword Art Online. Yes, that Anime that is currently Airing and has moved on to something of a rescue the princess quest in another online world that would warrant the Title of the Anime moot. But then again, that’s not why I am here. I am here to talk about the way the characters behave in the series, given that the looming consequences of death in-game is finally out of the window and placed with something that is ordinary and just your average daily game session. So, I ask: Why do these characters still take the game seriously?
Before we discuss why so, let’s go back and see why Kirito and the previous character in SAO take their game seriously. Of obvious aspect, their lives are at stake. If they don’t take SAO as if their lives depend on it, it will eventually take their life, duh?! Not only, that people are trapped in the game for an extended duration, unable to voluntary take a moment’s break to reality which society resides. As a way to give semblance, or to an extent, make their gloomy lives at least be reminded, or reality that they are robbed for, they just go on about the game as if it is their life. This I would think people pass on the notion of seriousness in the game, is because it is their life and the premise put weight on that. So why do AO (whatever that stupid unpronounceable name of their game) characters act as if they’re in SAO, that their live depend on it, particularly on the past few episode between the springers and those elf came from Lord of the Rings and their game politics serving up the main focus of the arc be so serious?
I would think, it is due to how the game is rendered to the characters. To further explain, it is because the disconnect between game and reality is no longer there. In SAO, the game is feed to your brain as some sort of stimulus and you react to it as if you are physically there. The ultimate virtual reality, compared to how games are played today, with passing information through our senses, like Eyes for the visual and speakers for the auditory. Despite the games today being realistic, there is still that disconnect the makes us draw the line between game and reality. We are still far behind to be able to immerse ourselves in an artificial reality that is possible in SAO’s universe. That universe has that Nerve gear that place the player in the artificial reality, that you can control by your brain as you would in any part of your limbs or body. Different from how we today play games with either a controller or mouse and keyboard. In SAO it achieve the ultimate sense of what a RPG wanted to achieve, that people are 100% in part of that reality for them to live out of. The true alter ego that they can be. The ultimate escape.
I believe that we aren’t that dissimilar to an extent on how the players of AO or SAO are. We have internet tough guys looming around in every corner and crevices in the internet. Although the notion of trolls in SAO or AO are absent. We can’t say for user if that is really the case of having a perfect system of discouraging people to mess other people. Or that the series just focus on something that is more important. There are some games today the discourages, or rather, play on these aspects in some way. In example is Demon Souls and the notion of having other players help or mislead other players. I am not saying that SAO as an Anime is perfect, that would should win numerous award for it merits in storytelling. I can’t even say that with a straight face, as we all know how a wreck of a series this is in story telling. But the world, the setting it has is something of a different matter. SAO is one of those anime, where people will find it core qualities sufficient to appreciate and ignore the bad traits, or at least be tolerant of its shortcomings.
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