Is anyone else watching Westworld? I'm seriously obsessed with this series, and it keeps getting better and better every episode. The last one, #4, is my favourite by far.
It's set around an immersive, virtual-reality MMORPG some time in the distant future. Imagine if they made a show about your experience as a player/God of Aetolia? Yeah, it's like that. The character archetypes consist of "PCs" (Guests), "NPCs" (Hosts) and the staff/programmers who run the game externally. The players play an exorbitant fee to enter the game, where they have absolute power and can do whatever the fuck they want to/with the hosts for ultimate fantasy-fulfilment. Some of them choose to pursue the quests/storylines, others just have lots of sex with the NPCs in the brothel, and others get their kicks out of going on mindless rampages to shoot everything in sight. So basically, just like any MU*, the game is full of bad roleplayers and immersion-breaking PK-whores, as well as people who take the game way too seriously and really want to delve into the story. However, the NPCs start to become self-aware, which is the main drive of the overarching plot of the show.
The game-world is set in a Western, hence the name of the show. But since the world isn't real, and the "Western" characters are actually NPCs, the show's genre is science-fiction (particularly centred around AI) in equal measure.
I LOVE IT. And I feel like other MU*ers and RPers really ought to be fan-freaking with me!
No spoilers in this thread, but I'd love to hear thoughts about it from other people in this community.
Here are a couple of trailers: