Second World

Chapter 1 - 1. Second World Beta Test

It was a hot afternoon in front of the Trigitech Branch Corporation building. A line of young people and teenagers were queueing to go inside the hi-tech looking building. The irregular fa?ade with a dome-shaped roof covered by reflective materials perfectly suited the corporation ’s image as the top leading VR gaming company. Today was the day the company started the Beta testing of its newest game, Second World.

Virtual Reality games had been flourishing in the past 30 years, almost all the entertainments in this modern world were revolved around VR games, and many professional gamers and workshops had emerged following these VR games, creating a new line of professionalism. But of course, there were still many who just played for fun. One of whom was Jack Fei, a veteran VR gamer who had registered for the Beta Testing. Little did he know that it would involve queuing up under hot sun for hours. His shirt had been soaked with sweat, he would have brought an extra shirt for change if he had known.

Second World had been heavily promoted in the past year. It was hailed as the pinnacle of VR technology and would implement a new engine that pushed the game further into realism. It was said to be able to truly become a second world for the people of this Earth, and would compel other VR games to become obsolete, or so the marketing said. And it seemed many people believed it, looking at the number of people that had registered for this Beta Test. Many among them are famous workshops and members from well-known in-game guilds. But Jack didn ’t really think much of it, it was enough if he could enjoy a new VR game. The queue proceeded at a snail pace as company employers performed multiple checks on the attendees at the entrance.

Do you need to be so strict? Jack thought out loud.

It was another hour before it was Jack ’s turn. After several rigorous checks, he was ushered inside and arrived at another queue within the building ’s courtyard.

Are you F***ing kidding me..?! Jack was exasperated. The sun would have set by the time he started doing the Beta test.

It was at this time that a bright light flashed. An intense sound was ringing in his ear, or in his head, he couldn ’t tell. Clutching his head, he fell to his knees due to intense pain. He then experienced a sense of Vertigo, he didn ’t know if he was standing, on the ground, or falling into some sort of abyss. By the time the ringing subsided, he opened his eyes trying to see what had caused this sensation. Could a bomb had just exploded nearby? A rival corporation trying to sabotage this event? His vision was blurry for a while before he could start seeing things normally again. He was indeed on the ground on all four. He surveyed his surrounding, expecting to find wreckage due to the explosion, but everything seemed normal.

Wait, no, it was not normal. He swiveled 360 degrees. Something was definitely wrong here. He couldn ’t see any people that had been queueing with him a moment before. He went back to the entrance, no sign of the company employers. In fact, the outside street was completely empty.

Did I have a coma? This was the thought that surfaced at first. Then he heard some noises from inside the corporation building. He turned around and tried to listen further. Yes, there were definitely noises, people ’s voices. He immediately ran towards the building, he needed to find someone and asked what had happened. He reached the double glass doors that automatically slid open when he was near and dashed inside, only to be tripped by something on the ground and fell to the floor. He messaged his pained waist due to the fall and looked back at the thing that had made him tripped. It was a black chest.

Who the heck put a chest in front of a door?

He touched his hand on the chest to push it out of the doorway, only to hear a sound of notification flaring inside his mind.

”Please enter your alias, ” a mechanized female sound was heard, accompanied by a blue hologram that appeared above the chest.

”What…? ” Jack was flabbergasted. What was this? Some kind of new interactive technology?

”Please enter your alias, ” the female sound insisted.

Jack looked arou

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