#010: Numbers of The Beast

#010: Numbers of The Beast

Sometimes all it takes is a single memory.

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And I'm back to up to date... just as you start giving answers. :P

So that's what the Doc's brain surgery is about. Creating virtual universes using, well, brains. (Nice Matrix White Rabbit, by the way ;) )

In which case... I'm assuming it's gone wrong at some point, putting the participant(s?) in danger. And Professor Hamish is working to fix it.

And now the question on my mind: Could Jenn be the only participant? Is our Zelda T-shirt wearing friend just another NPC, with a bit more 'processing power' than most?

Which all raises a further question - how much value should we place on these NPC lives? Are they aware? Or just simulating awareness? (How does one tell?)

EDIT: And, no, I haven't read Heinlein's "Number of the Beast." I've read Revelations though, so I know roughly what that reference is... And it's making part of my brain go "NopeNopeNopeNopeNope"...

The_Darkness:
And I'm back to up to date... just as you start giving answers. :P

So that's what the Doc's brain surgery is about. Creating virtual universes using, well, brains. (Nice Matrix White Rabbit, by the way ;) )

In which case... I'm assuming it's gone wrong at some point, putting the participant(s?) in danger. And Professor Hamish is working to fix it.

And now the question on my mind: Could Jenn be the only participant? Is our Zelda T-shirt wearing friend just another NPC, with a bit more 'processing power' than most?

Which all raises a further question - how much value should we place on these NPC lives? Are they aware? Or just simulating awareness? (How does one tell?)

EDIT: And, no, I haven't read Heinlein's "Number of the Beast." I've read Revelations though, so I know roughly what that reference is... And it's making part of my brain go "NopeNopeNopeNopeNope"...

That's some solid theories there. :D Let me just tell you that there is in fact a certain subplot involving that line about various NPCs receiving different amounts of computing power. The question of awareness is in fact extremely crucial, and connected to the little flying droid from the first episode.

As for "The Number of the Beast" - I've read it a while ago, but it's a definite inspiration for what's going on here. :D

koobismo:

That's some solid theories there. :D Let me just tell you that there is in fact a certain subplot involving that line about various NPCs receiving different amounts of computing power. The question of awareness is in fact extremely crucial, and connected to the little flying droid from the first episode.

I thought it might be :) I almost made reference to that flying droid in my comment, since this chapter raises the question of how it thinks. Glad to see that you're way ahead of me.

Quick, somebody translate the binary code on the comic! I'd type it in but I'm lazy.

I read the narration in CatalystEXE's voice...

Other than that, I'm getting some Paprika flashbacks for some reason...

This reminds me that I need to rewatch eXistenZ one of these days.

DAM IT!!!
I was expecting some Iron Maiden reference with that headline xD
Oh well, can't always be perfect ;)

MMOOOOAAAAARRRRR questiooons!!! :P
I'm wondering if I'll be able to hang on at chapter 20 with everything that's going on :/

And it makes more sense now. Now I wonder what backstory the Sims' sheriff has.

It's starting to come together. And a few answers too. I LOVE HER NAME. Wonder why....?

This one was longer, and I'm glad. Can't wait for her to meet up with the Sheriff. This is fun!!

 

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