History NightmareFuel / SwordArtOnline

17th Feb '18 1:24:06 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* We went this far without mentioning the [=NerveGear=] in and of itself? Much of the danger from the Aincrad arc, and the reason players were stuck in there to begin with, is because the [=NerveGear=] was ''designed to flash-fry your brain'' if you died ingame or if someone from the outside world tried to remove it. Though some characters [[HopeSpot briefly brought up the option of unplugging the [=NerveGear=], it has an internal battery]] and that internal battery could be used to... you guessed it... activate the brain-frying procedure. Kayaba had it all figured out. [[FridgeHorror Now think about how Kirito still uses his old NerveGear and there's no evidence, in the anime at least, the brain-fry function was removed. It's still there, dormant.]]

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* We went this far without mentioning the The [=NerveGear=] in and of itself? itself! Much of the danger from the Aincrad arc, and the reason players were stuck in there to begin with, is because the [=NerveGear=] was ''designed to flash-fry your brain'' if you died ingame or if someone from the outside world tried to remove it. Though some characters [[HopeSpot briefly brought up the option of unplugging the [=NerveGear=], it has an internal battery]] and that internal battery could be used to... you guessed it... activate the brain-frying procedure. Kayaba had it all figured out. [[FridgeHorror Now think about how Kirito still uses his old NerveGear and there's no evidence, in the anime at least, the brain-fry function was removed. It's still there, dormant.]]



* We've gone ''this far'' without mentioning [[spoiler:Kirito being injected with succinylcholine at the beginning of Alicization?]]

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* We've gone ''this far'' without mentioning [[spoiler:Kirito *[[spoiler:Kirito being injected with succinylcholine at the beginning of Alicization?]]Alicization. That's closer to death then he's ever come.]]
19th Nov '17 4:12:23 PM Gadjiltron
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* The whole premise of the first arc is prone to some degree of FridgeHorror.
** The original conflict in the Aincrad arc -- being unable to leave the game, and death in-game kills your real body -- raises the stakes higher than most people would be comfortable with.
** Player killers are a large nuisance in [=MMOs=] in the current day, but when combined with the above premise, they turn into a fearsome threat. Even if you have the in-game prowess to defeat them in a straight fight, there's nothing preventig them from fighting dirty. Even worse, there's an entire guild consisting of these people.

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* The whole premise of the first arc is prone to some degree a mixture of this and FridgeHorror.
** The original conflict in premise of the Aincrad arc -- being unable to leave the ''Aincrad'' arc. 10,000 people think they signed up for a game, and death in-game kills your real body -- raises instead they were really signing up for a war, and they don't even get to go through basic training first. As many of them die in the stakes higher than most people would be comfortable with.
first month as do in the next two years. EverythingIsTryingToKillYou, and some of the players start killing each other. The entire ''Aincrad'' arc is scary.
** [[PlayerKilling Player killers killers]] are a large nuisance in [=MMOs=] in the current day, but when combined with the above premise, they turn into a fearsome threat. Even if you have the in-game prowess to defeat them in a straight fight, there's nothing preventig preventing them from fighting dirty. Even worse, there's an entire guild consisting of these people.



** Finally, the game forces your avatar to use your physical features. So even if you've managed to escape the player killers and escape the game entirely, those player killers still ''know what you look like'' and can hunt you down if they so choose. This is actually explored in the Gun Gale Online arc.
* Skull Reaper, the very last boss that they fight, [[spoiler: just before the reveal that Heathcliff was actually Kayaba]], pictured to the right. No wonder everyone was running away in fear.

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** Finally, the game forces your avatar to use your physical features. So even if you've managed to escape the avoid dying to player killers and escape the game entirely, those player killers still ''know what you look like'' and can hunt you down if they so choose. This is actually explored in the Gun ''Gun Gale Online Online'' arc.
* Skull Reaper, the very last boss that they fight, [[spoiler: just before the reveal that Heathcliff was actually Kayaba]], pictured to the right.above. No wonder everyone was running away in fear.



* The premise of the ''Aincrad'' arc. 10,000 people think they signed up for a game, and instead they were really signing up for a war, and they don't even get to go through basic training first. As many of them die in the first month as do in the next two years. EverythingIsTryingToKillYou, and some of the players start killing each other. The entire ''Aincrad'' arc is scary.
19th Nov '17 4:08:01 PM Gadjiltron
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* Imagine that Video Games have taken a turn where you don't need a controller or a keyboard to play, all you need is a helmet and living the life of a adverting hero isn't just a moving picture on a screen...Now take one game called ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' and have the creator of said game make it so that if you die in the game you die in real life...not scary enough for you? Okay you know how people kill for fun? They're playing this game too and they made a guild where that's the ONLY type of person that's in said guild...Oh and you're probably saying "I have these awesome Skills, I can jus-" they have a means to paralyze you and kill you as they please...Not so simple now is it? Ya know what lets make it ever more complected, the game has a system that can pretty much label anyone as a Player Killer, a gem above every Players heads Green Means "He's a good guy He hasn't killed anyone" Orange Means "Oh he killed a guy...probably in self defense" Red Means "He's killed a bunch of people"... you know how in real life if you're involved in a murder you're charged with "Assisted Homicide"? unless you actually killed the guy... your gem won't change. Also, the game uses your actual face so let's say you stopped some guy from killing a player to get his jolly for the evening and he wants revenge but OH NO the game's cleared, everyone will be logged out...he can recognize you in public and kill you in your sleep...Fun game wouldn't you say?

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* Imagine that Video Games have taken The whole premise of the first arc is prone to some degree of FridgeHorror.
** The original conflict in the Aincrad arc -- being unable to leave the game, and death in-game kills your real body -- raises the stakes higher than most people would be comfortable with.
** Player killers are
a large nuisance in [=MMOs=] in the current day, but when combined with the above premise, they turn where into a fearsome threat. Even if you don't need a controller or a keyboard to play, all you need is a helmet and living the life of a adverting hero isn't just a moving picture on a screen...Now take one game called ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' and have the creator of said game make it so that if you die in-game prowess to defeat them in the game you die in real life...not scary enough for you? Okay you know how people kill for fun? They're playing this game too and they made a straight fight, there's nothing preventig them from fighting dirty. Even worse, there's an entire guild where that's the ONLY type consisting of person that's in said guild...Oh and you're probably saying "I have these awesome Skills, I can jus-" they have a means to paralyze you and kill you as they please...Not so simple now is it? Ya know what lets make it ever more complected, the game has a system that can pretty much label anyone as a Player Killer, a gem above every Players heads Green Means "He's a good guy He hasn't killed anyone" Orange Means "Oh he killed a guy...probably in self defense" Red Means "He's killed a bunch of people"... you know how in real life if you're involved in a murder you're charged with "Assisted Homicide"? unless you actually killed the guy... your gem won't change. Also, the people.
** The
game uses your actual face so let's say a karma system (a gem hovering above the player's head) to denote how many players you've killed, regardless of reason. It does not distinguish whether you've killed out of malicious intent or for self-defense. It also only registers the kills you've actively participated in -- being an accomplice will not change the gem's color. So while you stopped some guy from killing a can safely bet that any red-gemmed player to get his jolly for is an active player killer, [[ParanoiaFuel there's no telling about those with other gem colors]].
** Finally,
the evening and he wants revenge but OH NO the game's cleared, everyone will be logged out...he can recognize you in public and kill you in game forces your sleep...Fun avatar to use your physical features. So even if you've managed to escape the player killers and escape the game wouldn't entirely, those player killers still ''know what you say?look like'' and can hunt you down if they so choose. This is actually explored in the Gun Gale Online arc.
9th Oct '17 8:27:47 PM Ryan37352
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** For that matter, when SAO survivors begin to lose their memories whenever they lose to an boss, and why is that? Because [[spoiler:Ordinal Scale's creator is trying to resurrect her dead daughter into an AI and is doing so by taking everyone's memories of encountering her in the game, and what will happen when she is remade into an AI? Everyone whose wearing the Ordinal Scale devices will get their brains microwaved, just like in SAO if they die.]] It takes ParanoiaFuel to a whole new level as very little know about it.

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** For that matter, when SAO survivors begin to lose their memories whenever they lose to an boss, and why is that? Because [[spoiler:Ordinal Scale's creator is trying to resurrect her his dead daughter into an AI and is doing so by taking everyone's memories of encountering her in the game, and what will happen when she is remade into an AI? Everyone whose wearing the Ordinal Scale devices will get their brains microwaved, just like in SAO if they die.]] It takes ParanoiaFuel to a whole new level as very little know about it.
27th Sep '17 11:33:21 PM nendroid
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** Persona Vabel, full stop. She has seemingly limitless power over Alfheim Online, callously fusing it with Brain Burst, sending Kuroyukihime to assassinate Kirito and Asuna, and even Kirito doesn't know what she is, only that she has GM-level abilities after she abducts Yui. [[spoiler: It turns out she's a version of MHCP-001, as in Yui herself, from the distant future, who, without Asuna or Kirito to care for her, has turned cruel and heartless, and seems to have taken on aspects of avatars from Brain Burst, suggesting the events of the game's story created her in the first place.]]

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** Persona Vabel, full stop. She has seemingly limitless power over Alfheim Online, callously fusing it with Brain Burst, sending Kuroyukihime to assassinate Kirito and Asuna, and even Kirito doesn't know what she is, only that she has GM-level abilities after she abducts Yui. [[spoiler: It turns out she's a version of MHCP-001, [[ShadowArchetype as in Yui herself, from the distant future, who, without Asuna or Kirito to care for her, has turned cruel and heartless, heartless]], and seems to have taken on aspects of avatars from Brain Burst, suggesting the events of the game's story created her in the first place.]]
24th Sep '17 2:07:48 PM apm483@gmail.com
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**** [[spoiler:And if Kirito hadn't got back up back then, [=PoH=] would have logged out, [[SlashedThroat slit Asuna's throat]] while she is still in the STL, and make Kirito watch as the love of his life slowly dies. DownerEnding indeed.]]
23rd Sep '17 2:33:02 PM apm483@gmail.com
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*** [[spoiler:And earlier, as the Japanese players (the main characters included) are rounded up by the Chinese and Korean players led by Vassago himself. Most of them bloodied, their weapons, armour and equipment removed. Basically, the Japanese players have been turned into virtual prisoners of war. Surely nobody signed up for this horrible experience!]]
12th Sep '17 5:27:53 PM Gouken20xx
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** For that matter, when SAO survivors begin to lose their memories whenever they lose to an boss, and why is that? Because [[spoiler:Ordinal Scale's creator is trying to resurrect her dead daughter into an AI and is doing so by taking everyone's memories of encountering her in the game, and what will happen when she is remade into an AI? Everyone whose wearing the Ordinal Scale devices will get their brains microwaved, just like in SAO if they die.]] It takes ParanoiaFuel to a whole new level as very little know about it.

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** For that matter, when SAO survivors begin to lose their memories whenever they lose to an boss, and why is that? Because [[spoiler:Ordinal Scale's creator is trying to resurrect her dead daughter into an AI and is doing so by taking everyone's memories of encountering her in the game, and what will happen when she is remade into an AI? Everyone whose wearing the Ordinal Scale devices will get their brains microwaved, just like in SAO if they die.]] It takes ParanoiaFuel to a whole new level as very little know about it.it.
* ''Accel World Vs Sword Art Online'':
** Persona Vabel, full stop. She has seemingly limitless power over Alfheim Online, callously fusing it with Brain Burst, sending Kuroyukihime to assassinate Kirito and Asuna, and even Kirito doesn't know what she is, only that she has GM-level abilities after she abducts Yui. [[spoiler: It turns out she's a version of MHCP-001, as in Yui herself, from the distant future, who, without Asuna or Kirito to care for her, has turned cruel and heartless, and seems to have taken on aspects of avatars from Brain Burst, suggesting the events of the game's story created her in the first place.]]
22nd Jul '17 8:04:03 PM Tehrannotaur
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* We've gone ''this far'' without mentioning [[spoiler:Kirito being injected with the heart failure drug at the end of GGO?]]
* ''Ordinal Scale'' gives us a look at[[spoiler: what would have been Aincrad's final boss. And she is NASTY. Gigantic, ridiculously fast and strong, almost sadistic in temperament, she very nearly slowly crushes Silica and Kirito to death. Oh, and she can HEAL. FridgeHorror kicks in when you realize that in the original game, after beating ''this'' monster, the players of Aincrad would find themselves confused and bewildered when they weren't immediately released for clearing the game... only for one of their strongest players to turn on them, reveal himself as Kayaba Akihiko, the man who trapped them all in there, declaring himself the REAL final boss. One can only imaging how demoralizing that would be and how much worse the fight against Kayaba would have been if the ''previous'' boss was only a fakeout.]]

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* We've gone ''this far'' without mentioning [[spoiler:Kirito being injected with the heart failure drug succinylcholine at the end beginning of GGO?]]
Alicization?]]
* ''Ordinal Scale'' gives us a look at[[spoiler: what would have been Aincrad's final boss. And she is NASTY. Gigantic, ridiculously fast and strong, almost sadistic in temperament, she very nearly slowly crushes Silica and Kirito to death. Oh, and she can HEAL. FridgeHorror kicks in when you realize that in the original game, after beating ''this'' monster, the players of Aincrad would find themselves confused and bewildered when they weren't immediately released for clearing the game... only for one of their strongest players to turn on them, reveal himself as Kayaba Akihiko, the man who trapped them all in there, declaring himself the REAL final boss. One can only imaging how demoralizing that would be and how much worse the fight against Kayaba would have been if the ''previous'' boss was only a fakeout.]]]]
** For that matter, when SAO survivors begin to lose their memories whenever they lose to an boss, and why is that? Because [[spoiler:Ordinal Scale's creator is trying to resurrect her dead daughter into an AI and is doing so by taking everyone's memories of encountering her in the game, and what will happen when she is remade into an AI? Everyone whose wearing the Ordinal Scale devices will get their brains microwaved, just like in SAO if they die.]] It takes ParanoiaFuel to a whole new level as very little know about it.
15th Jul '17 5:57:01 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Imagine that Video Games have taken a turn where you don't need a controller or a keyboard to play, all you need is a helmet and living the life of a adverting hero isn't just a moving picture on a screen...Now take one game called ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' and have the creator of said game make it so that If you die in the game you die in real life...not scary enough for you? Okay you know how people kill for fun? They're playing this game too and they made a guild where that's the ONLY type of person that's in said guild...Oh and you're probably saying "I have these awesome Skills, I can jus-" they have a means to paralyze you and kill you as they please...Not so simple now is it? Ya know what lets make it ever more complected, the game has a system that can pretty much label anyone as a Player Killer, a gem above every Players heads Green Means "He's a good guy He hasn't killed anyone" Orange Means "Oh he killed a guy...probably in self defense" Red Means "He's killed a bunch of people"... you know how in real life if you're involved in a murder you're charged with "Assisted Homicide"? unless you actually killed the guy... your gem won't change. Also, the game uses your actual face so let's say you stopped some guy from killing a player to get his jolly for the evening and he wants revenge but OH NO the game's cleared, everyone will be logged out...he can recognize you in public and kill you in your sleep...Fun game wouldn't you say?

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* Imagine that Video Games have taken a turn where you don't need a controller or a keyboard to play, all you need is a helmet and living the life of a adverting hero isn't just a moving picture on a screen...Now take one game called ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' and have the creator of said game make it so that If if you die in the game you die in real life...not scary enough for you? Okay you know how people kill for fun? They're playing this game too and they made a guild where that's the ONLY type of person that's in said guild...Oh and you're probably saying "I have these awesome Skills, I can jus-" they have a means to paralyze you and kill you as they please...Not so simple now is it? Ya know what lets make it ever more complected, the game has a system that can pretty much label anyone as a Player Killer, a gem above every Players heads Green Means "He's a good guy He hasn't killed anyone" Orange Means "Oh he killed a guy...probably in self defense" Red Means "He's killed a bunch of people"... you know how in real life if you're involved in a murder you're charged with "Assisted Homicide"? unless you actually killed the guy... your gem won't change. Also, the game uses your actual face so let's say you stopped some guy from killing a player to get his jolly for the evening and he wants revenge but OH NO the game's cleared, everyone will be logged out...he can recognize you in public and kill you in your sleep...Fun game wouldn't you say?
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