EP 433 – Story #1

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You are Edwin, an intern at Ubisoft. On a routine shift, your minder approaches you and tells you all the voice actors quit so you're having to voice every character in Far Place 7
: The Final Frontier. You're not pleased about this. After all, you've been playing Far Place since it first appeared on the Game Boy Color, and you'd rather keep playing than do another voice.

You use some amateur foley art to spruce up and change your voice.
 It's a lot better now. But that night, when you're alone in bed, you hear something outside the window. You get out of bed, walk over, and peer through the glass pane.

You rush outside to see who it was, but they are gone.  As you come back into your house you notice Tony's adoption papers on your front porch.
 You look at them, then inside and see he has left a note for you. You read it, then sit down on your couch and cry.
***
I was never very good with people.
 I couldn't stand being around crowds. I always felt like there were eyes on me, watching me, judging me. So, when I moved here from California, I told myself that I wouldn't let my past catch up with me.

You want to adopt Tony, but you simply do not have time.  Then you get an idea!  You can make Tony help you voice characters in the game in secret!  You sign the adoption papers right away and sneak Tony into Ubisoft HQ.

You take him to your office, and you tell him to pretend to be your assistant. He is shocked, but he does as you say.  You explain to him that you need him to do voices for the characters in Far Place 7: The Final Frontier.

It takes Tony 2 solid weeks, but he finally does it and voices every character in the game.  You turn in the voice masters to your minder and he gives his feedback:
 "Tony did a great job."
"Thank you," you reply. "I'm glad you liked it."
Your minder then asks if you would like to play the game. You nod, and he leads you back to your office.

You play the game and are amazed at the following state of the art gameplay features:

• Smooth animation
• Amazing sound effects
• Great graphics
• Easy controls
• Easy leveling system
• Simple yet addictive gameplay
• Fun and exciting story
• Multiple endings
• Lots of replay value
After you finish the game, your minder says, "Tony did a great
 job!"
"Thank you," you reply. "I'm glad you liked it."
Your minder then asks if you would like to play the game again. You nod, and he leads you back to your office.

You play the game again and notice something unusual:
 You level up faster now!
You play the game again, and you notice something else odd: The characters are much more lifelike now. They even react to things like their hair blowing in the wind or a flower blooming.

You play the game again, and you notice something even odder: You can control the camera angles now!
You play the game again, and you notice something strange: There is no end to the game!

You go to get a snack in the company lounge, and all the food items are food from the game.

You play the game again, and you notice something even stranger: You can make a sandwich yourself!
You play the game again, and you notice something even odder: You can pick up trash and throw it away!

You play the game again, and you realize you have a new hunger and thirst and sleep bar.

You play the game again, and you notice something even odder: You can talk to other players online!
You play the game again, and you realize you can go anywhere in the world.

You stop and realize that you have become an NPC in the video game!

***
As you approach the door, you hear a loud voice behind you.
"Hey, Edwin! How's it going?"
You turn around and see a man in a suit and sunglasses.

It's Todd Howard!

"Hi," you say. "I'm sorry, but I don't know who you are."
Todd smiles. "Oh, I'm just a fan. I've been looking forward to this day for years.

Next time on "So You've Become and NPC in a Video Game, Now What?"

"I'm Todd Howard, the creator of The Legend of Zelda. And I'm here to announce the next installment of my most popular franchise: Far Place."
"Why are you announcing it now?"