#1. The Cyber Cafe

In China Town there’s this cybercafe in the same building as The Kingfisher. It’s small and cheap and old. The walls are still decorated with Diablo 2 and Quake boxes. The computers are a bit behind too, but that’s not really what the patrons go there for. Go in, buy some time, and load up Heart of Wit. It’s an Asian MMO, the kind with graphics that look like Gaia online. Make a free account and wander into the City of Wit.
The City of Wit will be inhabited by a half dozen players. All of whom will be talking in what looks like Asian script of some kind but is actually hyper stylized English. After your eyes adjust, you’ll realize that the player character names are the names of people you know in your everyday life. Most will ignore you, but occasionally they’ll give you quests or challenge you to a duel. The quests are simple. Kill five dragon hatchlings and we’ll give you a gold ingot. That kind of thing.
Whatever you do, never accept a challenge to duel and always do the quests. Names aren’t the only thing that crosses over between the game and reality.


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