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Posted: Aug 16th 2011 3:41PM (Unverified) said

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The word "eclectic" springs to mind.

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 3:45PM Xplicit said

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Definitely looks cool, soundtrack on the trailer was awesome. Can't wait to see more of it.

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 3:54PM Saelyth said

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3:09 WTF is doing voldemort there? xD

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 4:28PM (Unverified) said

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@Saelyth

Don't know- I was stuck on 3:00 < nom nom nom > :D
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Posted: Aug 16th 2011 3:58PM Airdefier said

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this is ridiculous, im so hooked now. Its kinda ...matrix---y

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 4:07PM TheMustacheHero said

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What....is this?

Posted: Aug 17th 2011 3:12PM Ordegar said

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@TheMustacheHero

Second Life meets Free Realms?

/shrug

It looks like a mess to me, but someone will like it I suppose.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2011 4:07PM Sharuk said

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Looks very interesting.

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 4:11PM DJJazzy said

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I loved the novels. I'm hoping this is a sandbox mmo. The visuals were stunning.

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 5:20PM Eamil said

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@DJJazzy

The interview posted last night suggests that there will be sandbox elements, at least.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2011 4:38PM Lateris said

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I have been waiting on this game since 2008. What I like is all the flavors of environment and that entertainer feel.

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 4:44PM Saker said

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the systems they're talking about sound very interesting. Worth watching, could finally be something interesting and different!

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 4:45PM Tezcatli said

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This looks really ambitious. I hope they can do it!

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 4:47PM Loopy said

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Uhh.... wow. This definitely has my attention now. I can't wait to see more of it.. whatever IT is.

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 4:51PM Saker said

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I thought I saw Vladimir Ilyich Lenin in the video. Perhaps the peoples proletariat will finally succeed in creating the (virtual) workers paradise at last! Long live the revolution!

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 5:18PM Lenn said

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That was trippy! So, is this Second Life on LSD, or are there real gameplay elements to it?

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 5:24PM Lenn said

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@Lenn Never mind. Just read the interview. Plenty of gameplay elements. Very, very cool.

(Massively, when are we getting an edit button?)
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Posted: Aug 16th 2011 5:36PM Apakal said

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@Lenn

The first thing I thought of was Second Life. Beyond that, not being familiar with the books, I have absolutely no idea WTF was going on...
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Posted: Aug 16th 2011 6:17PM aurickle said

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@Apakal
It does look like a cross between Second Life and an MMO game. Elements of both. Beyond that, it's hard to say.

As for the books, the basic concept was that there were these uber-rich and powerful people in what was called the Grail Brotherhood who created an incredibly realistic virtual reality network called Otherland. So realistic, in fact, that it couldn't be distinguished from reality. Their intent was to eventually move their consciousness into these realities that they'd crafted for themselves, becoming immortal.

However, computers weren't capable of supplying the level of detail necessary to make Otherland work. They lacked imagination. So the Grail Brotherhood hit upon a method of using the consciousness of other people (specifically kids) to provide the "fuel" for Otherland. In short, they were buying immortality for themselves at the price of everyone else.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2011 6:56PM Lenn said

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@aurickle "In short, they were buying immortality for themselves at the price of everyone else."

They were politicians then?
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