Finished watching the Sword Art Online (SAO) anime today. Today, I watched episodes 13-25. WOot! They’re ~22 min episodes so it goes pretty fast. Obviously I liked it esp in the first 14 episodes. The last 11 episodes were not as good do to a twist in the storyline. A bit strange with the plot change in the middle, kinda kills the momentum but you can only kill monsters for so long I guess.
I liked the series because I like the ideal of really living in the game world. I’d be a fighter trying to gain strength. Surely beats going to school. I’m pretty bad at MMO games so only having one life is very scary but certain things would be really cool like cooking or fishing as you can see in the anime.
Also raises the question of online vs offline personalities. This is a subject I find pretty fascinating and think about sometimes. Maybe a blog for a different day. I’m going to watch the SAO special epsidoes today (2013/03/03 Update: not worth watching).
The series can be found on Hulu.com or google ‘animefreak’ for a commerical-less source
SAO synposis from wiki:
a Virtual RealityMassively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online (SAO) has just been released. In the game, players control their avatars just as they would with their real bodies using the Nerve Gear, a VR Helmet that stimulates the user’s five senses via their brain. However, on its first day out of the beta testing period, the players soon discover that they cannot log out
So the players are stuck in this game where it becomes their lives and they can not be respawned either. In order to free them from the game they have to defeat all 100 levels.