Levelling the Playing Field

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Levelling the Playing Field

Post by Scattercat » Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:12 am

"Marcy?"

"Coffee, Mister G?"

Garrickson shook his head. "Do you know where my success came from, Marcy? Some people inherit their fortunes. Some earn them. Some steal them. Some people are just lucky."

Marcy stood stiffly, waiting for instructions. "Should I cancel the three o'clock, boss?"

"Me?" Garrickson reached into his desk and pulled out an electronic device. "I cheated." He punched the buttons on the handheld console in a rhythmic order. With a crystalline chime, a pile of paper-wrapped bills appeared on his desk.

"Coffee, Mister G?" She was looping.

Garrickson sighed. "All I really want is another player."

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Re: Levelling the Playing Field

Post by Mr. Tweedy » Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:47 pm

I like the idea a lot, but there seems to be a logic hole in the story. If everything is a game and there aren't really any other people besides G, then how can he refer to how other people came to be successful? And if there are other people who succeed by non-cheating methods, then why is he alone and looking for another player?

Or is this a deep in joke referring to a specific game? Or is referring to the fact that no one wants to play games with you if you cheat?

I don't know, seems to be missing some crucial detail.

But the idea of the guy knowing a cheat code for real life that drops money on you is golden, and the secretary looping is creepy in a funny way. Work with it.
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Re: Levelling the Playing Field

Post by Scattercat » Sat Jul 03, 2010 3:39 am

I was going with "player" as a metaphor for "other people who know it's all a game." He's got the cheat code for Real Life, but there's no challenge in beating Real Life once he knows the cheat code, and no one else remains who is both self-aware and also willing to play on his server, as it were.

I think it works with either assumption, really, though I prefer the idea that life is really a video game rather than the idea of a video game that perfectly mimics real life.

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Post by Mr. Tweedy » Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:44 am

Ah, so the problem is that I am approaching the drabble with inadequate cynicism.
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Re: Levelling the Playing Field

Post by Scattercat » Sat Jul 03, 2010 5:07 am

I have long maintained that there is no such thing as inadequate cynicism.

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Post by strawman » Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:57 pm

That's some package you got there, s'cat. :D
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Re: Levelling the Playing Field

Post by JeffJ » Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:09 pm

Cheat codes for real life. Love it!

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Re: Levelling the Playing Field

Post by strawman » Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:54 pm

JeffJ wrote:Cheat codes for real life. Love it!
Truth is stranger than fiction.
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Re: Levelling the Playing Field

Post by Mr. Tweedy » Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:38 pm

Okay, so, when Mr. G shows Marcy his cheat code, he's actually trying to let her in the secret? He's saying "It's all a game, yo," but she won't listen?
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Re: Levelling the Playing Field

Post by bell » Sun Jul 04, 2010 5:57 pm

She can't listen. She's an NPC.
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Post by Mr. Tweedy » Sun Jul 04, 2010 9:04 pm

But he didn't know she was an NPC? He was hoping she was a player too? Is he coming to the awful realization that he is the only player, that the game is not, in fact, an MMO, but single-player only?

This story is making me nuts.
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Re: Levelling the Playing Field

Post by Scattercat » Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:22 am

He's talking to her like one talks to one's cat. Don't you talk to inanimate objects? He's really, really bored and alone, so bored that he's holding conversations with the NPCs despite the fact that they only react with one of their canned responses.

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Post by Mr. Tweedy » Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:56 am

Oh! Oh, okay. Right. I knew that.
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Post by ROU Killing Time » Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:03 am

Mr. Tweedy wrote:But he didn't know she was an NPC? He was hoping she was a player too? Is he coming to the awful realization that he is the only player, that the game is not, in fact, an MMO, but single-player only?

This story is making me nuts.
Sounds like Garrickson could benefit from reading his Heinlein.

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Re: Levelling the Playing Field

Post by JeffJ » Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:32 am

"God split himself into a myriad parts that he might have friends. This may not be true, but it sounds good, and is no sillier than any other theology." [Lazarus Long, _Time Enough for Love_ by Robert Heinlein]

Or God split himself into a Zillion parts that he might be a universe.

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