Chapter 5: When I’m About to Play the Game
I was truly moved as I saw the VR machine already set up as I carried it towards my room.
The VR technology of perfect immersion was just recently established. The one who accomplished this technology is a genius who then gathered like-minded people who shared his motive. They even promised to give all they have to fulfill their own dream, the establishment of VR technology.
They’ve splendidly and perfectly completed the technique which was said to be impossible in the 21st century, the words said by them truly made history that day.
『WE WANT TO FLUFF THOSE BEAST EARS ！ WE WANT TO LOVE THEM！ WE WANT TO EMBRACE THEM！ 』
The ones who heard that cried as if it was the words of a divine revelation. When I heard about this from Shinji, I too, shedded tears of gratitude. Their words after that were also extremely wonderful.
『GATHER, OUR DEAR COMRADES！ HERE IS OUR DREAM! THE ARCADIA WHICH YOU SEE IN YOUR DREAMS IS RIGHT HERE! WELL, O HUMANS WHO TAKEN CAPTIVE BY 2 DIMENSION[2D], NOW MAKE YOUR STAND！ WE HAVE PREPARED THE STAGE FOR YOU. NOW IS THE TIME FOR US TO PASS THROUGH THAT 1 DIMENSION! IF YOU HAVE A DREAM, IF YOU WISH TO MAKE THEM A REALITY, NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE YOUR STAND！ 』
It’s heavenly. I wonder what should I do to become like them? As expected, God is truly a sacred being. Though some people are looking at them with disdainful eyes, that line of sight is a reward itself――Limited to beautiful girls though ―― or so they say. They’re already have no equal. I’m offered a 100 million ‘thank yous’ towards them and then continued lifting the VR machine to my room as fast as I could.
The name of this VR machine is【REVE】. It seems to hold the meaning of “Dream” in the French language. Though I have been pondering on why it is in French, I decided that it’s god’s will. It’s not something that the likes of us have to questioned about. 俺
Though there are types where it is attached to the chair, bed chamber types with even oxygen tanks connected and, Head-Gear Types which are worn like a helmet, I decided to go with the Head-Gear Type. It’s just right since I think that I’ll have more freedom with this type when lying down with it on my bed. There was a tag on the headgear, written on that is …..
『Though I’m wavering which type I should choose, I decided on the headgear type. You’ll be able to react quickly if you’re attacked while playing. GOOD LUCK』
Was the message from father. But, in the first place father, usually attacking during my sleep while mother is alone is reaching the limit. This worry is―― that huh, I forgot about such potential threat. GOOD JOB father.
But, wait a minute. I won’t be able to notice it if someone enters my room while being in the VR game right？ How should I react in that situation. Maybe I can do something to get in touch with the outside despite the immersation IN VR. Well, I will try to ask Shinji about that.
While feeling a bit nervous, I’m slowly wearing the 【REVE】 on my head, and then I’ll tread upon the path toward the arcadia.
『 Welcome to Innocent Earth Online Tutorial. You’ll make your character in this place. Please wait for a while and keep your posture as it is』
What welcomed me to the game is an indifferent mechanical voice. My surrounding is a total darkness which I can’t see anything, I’m standing alone with my birthday suit. Ugh, even if this is VR, even I have the common sense to be embarrassed.
『I’ll explaining about character making while scanning your body. Innocent Earth Online is located in virtual space, it’s the biggest VRMMORPG where you’ll be venturing with your own body. That’s why for your character making, it’ll be close to your physical status in reality, to be exact, it’ll made with some deformed of anime style. We can’t tampering too much in regard to face and posture. But, it’s possible to change things like your eyebrows and hair inside beauty parlor of virtual space. Because of that everytime this scan is done, your face and build is the reflection of your real body』
I see, in short a lean person is still lean in game, and a fat person will still be fat, is it? That’s a bit harsh. Aren’t there several people who want to escape from this kind of reality? Ah, so this is what it means to venturing with your own self huh. Moreover, by saying reflection of every scans mean that if one gained weight, this side will gained weight to is it…….. Which means that it seems I can’t slack in my training just because father is not at home huh.
『Scan complete. Please confirm it with the mirror in front of you』
Along with that voice, a life sized mirror appeared in front of me. As expected of VR. The production is extremely detailed.
「A, A~, AA~」
Fumu, my voice also exactly the same as my real voice. Truly a terrifying technology.
I’m confirming my reflection inside the mirror in front of me while voicing my admiration―― And couldn’t even voiced my surprise for a while.
Inside that mirror was me who turned into slightly anime-like character. My face and build is hardly even changed. My hair color is blonde, close to orange just like my real hair color. The color of my eyes is blue…… It’s what you call blonde haired-blue eyed. The truth is, I’m truly wishing for what you call black hair of Japanese people[i]. It was one of my wish to also experiencing that feeling in this VR world. Though I’m slightly dropping my shoulder in this matter, I decided to didn’t mind it too much since they said that the hair color can be modified later. As for eyes………… It’s impossible huh.
By the way, I often became center of attention by many people due to this appearance of mine. Though some is favourable to this interesting style, majority of them was negative. Though I was so cute during my elementary school to the point of being teased by the male students of my class, from the middle school onward, majority became something like me being surrounded by group of delinquent. Well, I’m mostly uninjured by that, though it didn’t have significant recoil on me since once those guys know the different between our power, majority of them just avoided me thereafter………… Maybe that’s what you call as lonely feeling huh.
『How’s the result？ 』
Oops, I was in the middle of character making.
『Well then, next, we’ll start the explanation about skill. Skill is a unique ability which you can use in the virtual world. Those skills will be allotted in random amount according to the detected data during the scanning process of your body. Also, the skill will keep increasing according to the clearing, participation of event or, your play style from now on』
I feel that this information is quite important. In other words, it say that the growth of the skill is changing in accordance to how I play from now on. You won’t become strong if you just simply raising your level. Skill is………… I don’t know even if I see it anyway. Shall I confirm it later.
『Next is the explanation regarding ability value. First, there’s no character level in Innocent Earth Online[ii]』
……….. I-Is that so？
『There’s also no entry like ability value[i] of character. The real physical ability of the player is directly reflecting in the virtual world as it is』
Seriously. Then how you’ll shoot something like magic？ Could it be something like ” only virgin[ii] can use magic”, it’s not that kind of arrangement right？ Please stop it？ It’ll break my heart you know[iii]？
『It’s possible to strengthening physical ability by learning of skill. That kind of skill is easy to acquire with play style often using your body』
I see. Then, what about magic？ How to learn magic？
『Next is explanation regarding occupation[job]』
『The suited occupation is set automatically by random with your scanned body data as a base. In case you want to change your occupation please ask about the information regarding change of occupation by going to the nearby Hello Work[iv]』
What a destestably realistic job change system. The naming is just too realistic. this will gradually eating into the heart of part of people.
『The explanation about the processing is at the end. You can’t advance forward if you can’t walk by your own specs inside the virtual world. The procession in regard to livehood and movement is basically manual operation』
Well, that’s natural right?
『But, since you can’t do battle decently just by relying on manual movement in regard to combat. Please consider those factors firmly. Do you think that weak human like you guys can win against those monster？ 』
Eh？ Somehow the trend made a swift change with this messy announcement.
『No matter how much virtual world it is, you’re a complete amateur of battle. You can’t even put a decent resistance』
Well, the opponent is a monster after all, you see.
『Thus, when it’s time to battle, the “Arts” exist for your support. For example there’s 【Diagonal Slash/Kesagiri】 Art which you can learn as a samurai.. By using this, anyone can reproducing the programmed ideal movement of diagonal slash. Also, Arts have Level, the effect and ability will keep rising along with it’s Level』
I see. In short, I can enjoy the movement itself from the very beginning by using arts. On the contrary, one can’t fight decently since that movement is not something that one can do in reality without the assistance of Arts. Interesting.
『There’s also several arts for defense or evasion. That’s because the processing speed, reaction speed and, kinetic vision of the player won’t change even if the player usiing skill, one have to defending or evading from enemy attack arts by themselves which is relief measure due to the fact that it’s disgustingly difficult. If one say that one’s can pull it off, it means they’ll become way super demon-like means to use in real life*. So what should we do? since this kind of game balance won’t sell very well. That’s right, let’s just support their movement by using support system for evasion and defense. That said the chronology of it’s development』
They’re just too frank aren’t they? Well, to be honest it’s not like I don’t have a favorable impression for that, is there？
『The explanation will be ended with this. Please go towards the door on your left if you want to hear the tutorial again or, towards the door on your right if you want to start playing the game. Well then, welcome to Innocent Earth Online』
Without hestitating, I opened the door on my right with a push.
My life begins anew from now on.