Ever wonder what it would be like to actually take part in your favorite video game? Not just making your own Oc and just following along with whatever you are prompted to do; but actually interacting with the characters truly? Creating lasting bonds, interacting with instinctual responses, character development; that sort of thing. Well, that is exactly what happened to us; my friend and I. Somehow… somehow we got ‘inserted’ into one of the most intense action-packed games of all time in our books, Mass Effect. But, before we get into the actual story, you have to see our ‘character development’.
BEFORE ME2- OUR WORLD:
“Pizza’s here!” I heard Karleigh shout from the den.
“Awesome! Breadsticks?” I heard the bedroom door open as Kayleigh walked in, the smell of freshly baked garlic following,
“Na duh. Seriously, Lee, would I ever forget those? You are practically addicted to them.”
We both had just finished our mid-term exams so we decided we were going to chill out for the whole weekend by playing video games. I was an adamant Playstation player while Kar was an X-Box fan. We were always arguing about which one was better so we were going to settle that debate by playing our favorite game, Mass Effect; though since I hadn’t gotten around to getting the trilogy set we were going to play the second game. Seriously, why spend money to buy three games where I already had two of them?
Kar and I had been friends since we met at the beginning of my freshman year of college. We immediately were best friends and even decided to room together; luckily we were able to get a whole dorm to ourselves that semester.
Anyways, while I was rearranging the bedroom to put our screens next to each other and set up the system Kar was setting us up with food and drinks. The only things that was going to pull us away from our systems was going to be sleep and bathroom breaks so we had to be stocked up with everything a gamer could think of.
I had just finished setting up right as Kar finished as well. She looked around the area and asked,
“Did I forget anything?”
I looked around. She had set us up in an amazing way; gummies, chocolate bars, nachos, soft drinks, and completed it up with the pizza and breadsticks.
“I don’t think so. If we think of anything later, I’ll get it.” She smirked as she practically fell onto her bed,
“Right you are about that.” I just shook my head,
“Well, are we ready to start?”
“Heck yeah!” I smiled as I cut both systems on; sitting down on the floor next to her bed, leaning my back against it as I crossed my legs.
This was going to be fun. The games loaded and when we finally got to the character creation menu Kar yelled out,
“I call Vanguard!”
Whenever we did character creation with games we both had we would always pick different classes to keep it interesting. I sighed,
“You’re going to renegade as heck, aren’t you, Kar?”
“Good lord, two Jacks on one ship. Might want to go ahead and put in an order for a Normandy SR3” She threw a pillow at me.
“Whatever. So what class are you picking?”
“I guess I’ll go with Soldier. That way I can cover your butt when you decide to go ‘Psyotic Biotic’.”
“Where and how hard? Oh, wait…better leave that for Scars.”
“Yeah, well why don’t you go get high off of Krios.” I grinned at her, pulling one out of her book,
“I’ll jump right on that a.s.a.p.” She busted out laughing,
“I’ve been a bad influence on you. Welcome to the Darkside!”
After spending at least an hour on character creation we both heard thunder, making us both jump. Kar put her controller down and walked over to the window.
“Balls, it’s going to be a bad one.”
“Hope the power doesn’t go off. We haven’t even gotten to save yet.”
Just as I said that the power started to flicker. Kar slowly turned toward me and glared,
“You just had to jinx us, didn’t you?”
“Well, sit your butt down so we can do just that.”
She did just that and we both pressed start, prompting the beginning cutscene…well, at least we thought it was the original cutscene. All of the sudden the screens flashed to black then slowly started glowing with a faint orange glow, somehow reminding me of the holographic effect from the omni-tools in the game. I looked at Kar, which she shrugged.
All of the sudden a high pitched squeal rang out from the speakers. We both grabbed our ears in pain, the sound slowly getting louder and louder. Kar yelled out,
“Lee, what is going on?!”
“I don’t know!”
“Cut the tv’s off!”
I reached forward and pushed the button for my tv. Nothing happened and the sound was getting even louder.
Kar jumped up and ran over to the power bar where the tv’s were plugged up and pulled it out of the wall. Again, nothing happened and the sound was so loud I couldn’t even hear my own thoughts.
I could feel myself about to pass out, vertigo setting in from the sound. I looked up to the window and only saw the same thing that was on the tv’s. I then turned my head to Kar and saw her just as she fell to the floor, holding her ears as if her life depended on it. Then finally, my world went black.