As I was posting an article in the There forums (yes, again, but, well, I don’t know what else I could be writing about here: I’m not doing anything, seeing anything, thinking anything these days), I thought back of this quote from The Matrix (yes, that’s original too, isn’t it?):
Did you know that the first matrix was designed to be a perfect human world, where none suffered, where everyone would be happy? It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed that we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world, but I believe that as a species, human beings define their reality through misery and suffering. So the perfect world we dreamed, but your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why the matrix was redesigned to this…the peak of your civilization. (I’m not sure, there may be mistakes in this quote. Nevermind, you get the idea.)
The thing is that, since I’m in There, I see restrictions adding up, prices raising, and general player happiness slowly dropping. Since I’m an idealist, I’m among those who, related to the quote, think that the There designers and programmers’ skills are not up to par with the general concept and visual design. But… what if I was wrong? What if it was true that a paradise world, where everyone could do what they want, build their house wherever and however they like, and spend their time visiting the planet and chatting with other avatars, without caring about money, just couldn’t work, even virtually? I know that would please me, but am I the only one in this? And yet, when I played The Sims, and I used cheat codes to pump up my bank account, I didn’t invent those cheat codes myself, I had found them on the web, and other players were using them the same way.
Wouldn’t it be a pity if human species made Agent Smith right by the way they design virtual worlds?
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