Ready Player One
You are a salvage specialist skirting the edge of the forbidden sector. A region of space where no-one is allowed to enter. Suddenly your proximity sensor starts blaring! Something just showed up just over the border, where no one travels. And it’s something big. Should you investigate? Should you break the treaty to see what’s there?
In many ways your life is like an adventure game. Unfortunately there isn’t much preamble or lead in. You’re born and, “bam! Figure it out!” Sure there are a few years of slow activity at the beginning. But most of that time is spent figuring out the controls work and learning the interface. How do you walk? How do you talk? What’s this body for anyway?
We have a limited amount of time on this planet. In that time, we need to figure out what we’re supposed to do here. It’s sort of like the ultimate adventure game. Adventure is out there waiting for you to explore and discover.
Here are a few tips to make the game better for everyone.
Don’t spend all your time at the inn bickering with the inn keeper. Go out and explore.
Don’t spend your time worrying about how other people are playing the game. It’s their quarter, let them play their way.
Don’t worry about others complaining about how you play the game. It’s your quarter, play your way.
Don’t spend your time in fear of what might happen. Lots of things could go wrong, and probably will. But on average many things will go right. And the things that go wrong are called challenges, they give you a chance to step up and earn extra points. Yes, we still don’t know what good those points will do us, but it can be fun just to see your score go up.
Do encourage other players. Sometimes someone else will be going through a bonus round and you won’t even know it. Maybe they need that extra power boost of a hug or just a kind word to help them level up.
Do be kind to yourself. If you run into a particular puzzle that you can’t solve, maybe you need to come back to it later. Without the cheat guide it can be really hard to solve some of the puzzles on the first attempt. Allow for mistakes.
Do remember, you’re here for the experience. Enjoy the mystery.