Thursday, September 15, 2011

If dot.Hack and Second Life Had A Kid, A Book Review

"Here they take a break from balancing their checkbooks or feeding their kids or doing theri homework or whatever, and live another life for a while."
"A second life?"
"Why limit the numbers?... If you need a rest from the first one, why not have several--or as many as it takes for you to learn how to live the first one correctly? It's not all escape, you know. Some of it is practice."

-excerpt from Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane

If .hack and Second Life had a kid, and Ragnarok Online was godparent, that kid would grow up wishing it was Omnitopia.

Omnitopia is every MMORPG's wet dream (no, not the gamer's, the game's). It is what MMOs were meant to be, if only the different corporations would stop writing their own software and build something that was universally cross-compatible.

The last series I've read from Diane is the Young Wizards (admittedly young adult while Omnitopia is very adult in many ways), and she has vibibly grown in her writing from 2002. I eagerly look forward to the rest of the series, as this is a world that I definitely want to dive into again.

I invite you to join me.