Snow Crash

Oh. Yes. I am going to start off this post by talking about the absolutely brilliant book by Neal Stephenson (see Cryptonomicon), Snow Crash. The book that popularized the use of the word “avatar” as it applies to the Web and gaming. The book that inspired Google Earth. And despite being 20 years old, it is more relevant than ever and uses the cyberpunk theme to hilarious and thought-provoking extents. It paints the picture of an Internet/MMO mashup, sort of like Second Life, based in a franchised world. Governments have split up and been replaced in function by companies; competing highway companies set up snipers where their road systems cross, military companies bid for retired aircraft carriers, and inflation has caused trillion dollar bills to become nigh worthless.

In the book, a katana-wielding freelance hacker named Hiro Protagonist follows a trail of mysterious clues and eventually discovers a plot to infect people with an ancient Sumerian linguistic virus. The entire book is bizarre, but it has some great concepts and is absolutely entertaining. Stephenson never fails to tell a great story; his only problem is wrapping them up. Anyways, I highly suggest you read it.

Well, I’ve been thinking about games again. I have two great ideas in the works, and one of them is “hacking” game based roughly in the Snow Crash universe. It doesn’t really use any of the unique concepts from it besides the general post-fall world setting and things like the Central Intelligence Corporation. It probably won’t even use the Metaverse, although it depends how much I choose to expand the game from the core concept. The player does play, however, as a freelance hacker who may or may not wield swords (not that it matters, since you probably won’t be doing any running around).

I’m writing up a Project Design Document which will cover all the important points of the game:
Download the whole document

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New February Resolutions

Yay, new blog. Since I am basically unknown on the Internet (and in real life), nobody is going to read this post. Except for potential future fans. Hi, people from the future!

Essentially, blogging has always seemed appealing to me; it’s like a diary that’s not useless. Most people have idle ideas stirring around in their head all day, and a diary/blog is a good place to release them. However, if you’re ideas are particularly good, people will want to read them. You can also get anonymous feedback from people with a selfish but unbiased viewpoint.

Unfortunately, I don’t actually have very much to talk about. My previous attempts fell in with the other hundreds (or however many) of abandoned blogs. After a couple of (sometimes interesting) posts, I would not write one day for some reason or another, and it was all downhill from there.

So my resolution for this February is to write one post every day. At the end of the month, I will hopefully have established a habit. Also, February is the best month to pick, since it only has 28 days. Damn. It’s 29 this year. Oh well, post #29 can be a bogus post.

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