Sword Art Online “Has Real Girls After All”

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Brutally realistic MMORPG anime Sword Art Online looks to have retained its positive reception – the 2nd outing delivers plenty of action, plot, high production values and even a cute girl, though Chinese gold farmers are still strangely absent…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 16/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I thought there were no girls on the internet?

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    Comment by Lokilis
    07:33 16/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    YEAH
    It's a man using a fake .gif as his webcam.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:29 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yet it says in the first ep that they all had to scan their real body measurements in order to register the game.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:42 16/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    So scan your sister :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:35 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    about that calibration thingy, its probably meant so that u r able to move the character within the game. and like most games, you are able to customize your own avatar and therefore~~ lazy to type anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:27 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obviously

    It's a trap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It also has Ace combat music as well.

    Like the rip from liberation of Fire AC6?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:29 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry I meant the Liberation of Gracemacia from ACE COMBAT 6.

    When Kirito calls Asuna it matches tune for tune after the build up of AC6 music.

    Disappointed Japan didn't spot that !!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:19 18/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ace Combat, a game by Namco Bandai.

    Sword Art Online Producers:

    Aniplex
    ASCII Media Works
    Bandai Namco Games
    GENCO
    SAO Project

    ...dumbass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:40 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    =/ there are girls on the internet -.- the problem is that nobody believes that ¬¬ i cant say that im a girl playing online cause automatically all the guys starts saying that im lying ¬____________¬

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:03 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Or your screen automatically freezes for all the friend invitations that you receive after you say a single word...

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    Comment by Myballz
    09:11 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know house wives and a few college girls that play online you think I am going to tell you that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:13 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    One of my guild member is a married woman.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:36 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    beauty and a gamer. dat like find diamond in the desert

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    Comment by Kurocha
    14:20 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And I'm 9/f/jp!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:23 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, this isn't mentioned in the anime adaptation, but she ended up in the game by a whim. She's not really a gamer. :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    really? where the hell do you guys live? I'm a girl and all my friends (that are actually either really pretty or cute) are really heavily into online rpg's and console gaming. I'm like the odd one out not playing lol.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    09:55 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    and im pantsu....

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:32 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    if they do they must be ugly!

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    Comment by Garyuu
    04:22 16/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    How is this a surprise even if you didn't read the original material? She was in the ED of the first episode.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:17 16/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    And the OP of the second episode. And all the promotional material for the show.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    03:17 16/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    RMT is only absent because the sale was limited to 10,000 copies.

    This will be an awesome series, already can't wait for ep3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:27 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Likely a few got in, but those are also likely to be part of the 2000+ who died between the two episodes...

    Since it's unlikely the gold farming companies will look after their real world bodies, which most likely starved to death...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:03 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Plus there's the possibility that they tried to remove the gear so that the next "shift" could work on the account, leading to the first farmer ending up with a fried brain, and with the account locked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:20 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why shouldn't the time be the same? It's not like they can think faster in the VR.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:58 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But in history is not just a 3D glasses are using brain waves, and server computers must be much quicker to anticipate the scenario. In the case we are not limited to movements of the body but stuck to the limits imposed by the program, so is possible for the program, over or under clock. You never been playing for several hours, and when looked on the clock and you do not believe it was so long? Why the reverse is not possible? I not read manga or other reviews to avoid spoilers, so as I said guess

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly.

    Unlike in Accel World when they do a Physical Burst, which increases their actual physical movements by 10 times faster.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    From the point of view of who's in the game is.
    Perhaps the real situation will be shown at the end, since it was not shown to us the vision of the reality of dead players. And time in virtual reality does not follow the real time?! Just a guess .

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Very likely since farmers need to die and respawn a lot. xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:45 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    probably had sex change.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:49 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    haven't seen this anime yet. But the main concept reminds me of "hack" for some reason.

    Is it like a rip-off thing? or just a similar plot as mere coincidence of two people having the same idea? I'm not assuming anything I'd just love to know if they are sharks in the water before jumping into the sea.

    Please answer? Thank you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:30 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Coincidence seems most likely.

    The first version of Sword Art Online was published in I think it was November 2002 as a web novel, even though he'd written it for the ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Game Novel Prize contest(not quite sure when the contest is held, say it was in June that would make the timeline even less tenable for it to be a ripoff), but because it exceeded the maximum page number limit, he didn't send it in.

    But you have to take into consideration that it takes a while to write a novel. It's not as if you can just do it in a week or so.

    First .hack product dates, to I think it was April 2002. So while it's technically possible that he was influenced by it, it's just as likely that it's just a case of serendipity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So true. There are only a handful of "original" ideas, and most likely somebody might be unknowingly "influenced" by a popular game, movie, manga, story, etc...when they create their own.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:58 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not at all, I've read the novels and it's one of the best stories I have ever read. I'd highly recommend it, the anime sticks pretty closely to the novels which pleases me. Should they continue it will probably go down time as a 'godly' anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:29 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    He started writing the first novel back in 2001, and finished it in 2002. At the time, he was pretty much just a fanfic writer. 2002 was also the time when MMOs were starting to gain in popularity, so it's no surprise that both .hack and SAO were created at that time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If she's a guy, is a pretty hot one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    so you're a fellow trap lover...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So this is like DOt.Hack/Sign?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:37 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is better than i expected

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    Comment by touzakarinn
    22:38 12/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who can tell me what does "Chinese gold farmers" mean?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:44 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    After watching the first episode, while enjoyable it was seriously wtf, how the hell are those people trapped going to sustain their real life body, and with a mass of 10k people trapped even if all over the world, you would have expect an Interpol action IRL on the very next day.

    which makes me prefer the .//hack series even more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:38 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Big Bad went to the press and essentially gave the governments 2 hours to transport everyone to facilities that could sustain them.

    And because some folks had their gear removed by outside forces. Well, it became pretty clear that he wasn't bluffing about the situation.

    And finding him would be pretty useless, considering that he's hooked into the system himself as well, and can pull the plug on the entire world at his whim. So dragging him out by force could set off the equivalent of a dead man's switch and kill off everyone logged in.

    And no government would survive the blowback from knowingly and purposefully killing off 7 to 8k in civilians. Least not civvies in what are considered the civilized world anyway.

    Blowing up some third world nation.. Fine..
    But killing off civvies in say Berlin? Or London? NYC? Not going to happen.

    Only way to pull that off would be if it were a pandemic situation, and you're trying to save the rest of the populace. But that's just not the case here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:11 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Blowing up some third world nation.. Fine.."

    Guess we're noting but shit stains to you Rich first world people whining over first world problems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And for some reason my other comment hasn't shown up or was deleted. *sigh*

    Anyway, don't mistake a sketch of the geopolitical situation and the general responses from the populations of the First and Second World nations as indicative of the thoughts and opinions of the writer of a comment.

    Example, most people loathe Brussels Sprouts. I rather like them myself. But when I'm writing about how most folks find them one of the most loathsome vegetables around, then my own opinion is immaterial.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:59 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just describing the general attitude one finds with the populace of the First and Second World Nations.

    Said attitude may or may not match my own personal opinions.

    In this case, my own personal opinion is fairly irrelevant, as I'm simply sketching out the ramifications of certain actions based upon an existing geopolitical framework.

    Or to use an analogy. Let's suppose I'm allergic to chocolate icecream. I eat it, I run the risk of dying. This in no way effects whether or not other folks can eat it, or how popular it'll therefore be on a global scale.

    Now if I'm writing about icecream sales, then I can't just omit chocolate flavoured icecream, just because it's bad for me. Heck, my own situation is completely irrelevant to the topic at hand, how well does it sell. And chocolate icecream does sell very well.

    So in this particular case: the general attitude found with the populace of First and Second World Nations would be.. "Oh bombing some Third World nation and killing some civvies? Baaah, big deal.. What's for dinner, honey."

    Does it mean I share this view, just because I'm writing about it? Or is my view immaterial, as I'm merely reporting what the attitude is.

    Something to consider, before you try jumping down someone's throat again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:12 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Blowing up some third world nation.. Fine.."

    Guess we're noting but shit stains to you Rich first world people whining over first world problems..

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    the anon at 11:38 covered it pretty well. They are treated the same way coma patients are, they're fed with an IV drip.

    And interpol wouldn't be able to do much, as the helmets can't be taken off. Any attempts to disrupt/dismantle/damage/remove them result in the death of the patient.
    If the players are disconected from the server for more then 2 hours, they die. If the nerve gear is unplugged for more then 10 minutes, they die (it kills them while it has enough battery power to do so. Interpol can't interfere with the server enough to try to shut it down without killing everyone, despite having physical access to it.

    As for Kayaba, the mastermind behind it all, he's safely tucked away in a place where nobody can find him. Before anyone comments about how it's impossible to hide away for that long, look at both the fact that it took 11 years to track osama down. Kayaba is also a genius, and it the later novels it's shown that even two years after SAO ends, people are still playing perfectly into his predictions. Not going to reveal how, just know that they do in the later novels.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:39 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    1. Pirate server?
    2. virus, which mimic user input - so helmet thinks that user is in helmet and then you remove user.
    3. EMP - which kills helmet
    4. you cant fry brains in less than 1 second. Show me any microwave which cooks food in less than 1 second? no! And microwave have 3000W. This helmet it has max 100W - even less probably about 5 to 10W. Think about battery - it can hold up for 2 hours. Only way this helmet can destroy brains is with explosion, mechanical force (spikes) or some chemicals ...
    5. hack, rootkit, malware, none software is 100% secure.
    6. Flashing the BIOS of device.
    7. trow him in poll - water absorbs microwaves - water absorbing microwaves is generating heat in normal microwave. So water will destroy the device, absorb microwave and cool down user.
    8. steel dust - will absorb and disturb microwaves - just trow some in helmet.
    9. helmet is probably burns out the spinal cord of the brains so insert aluminum foil between device and neck.

    10. (to my self) don't try to rationalize fiction.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:03 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Again, try the light novel, it apparently deals more with the technical side of this whole situation.

    It's just not something that's going to appeal to the generic anime fan. No different from how most folks who watch action movies wouldn't know the difference between a Beretta and a Sig.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:15 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    holyshit! this is anime, seriously! fuck about details, and just suck it up!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    *First girl in Game*
    CUE BISHI BISHI SPARKLES!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Third one seen actually.

    First two were shown during the first episode, being rather mortified at looking like their real selves in a crowd filled with "gentlemen" who just had some disturbing psychological news handed to them.

    Although in case of Asuna, well, he just notices that his "partner" is a girl, attractive, and around the same age as him, and she knows how to wield a blade as well.

    Good enough reason to cue the sparkles.
    It's like Taiga Fujimura being excited about someone being able to cook well, and that they're willing to make extra's so she can join for dinner.






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