Written by: Malaika Abid – Grade 10
Imagine if we are all simply avatars here on Earth and this thing that we call life is simply a big video game. That when we die, we log out of this game and re-enter the real world, called Tygon. This is the core concept of a book called The Game, which I happened to stumble upon last weekend as I was searching desperately for anything that would dispel my boredom. It has changed my entire outlook on life.
However, it would not do the book justice if I simply stopped there.
I must also tell you about how long ago, on Tygon, a man named Brandon came along and created something called Mainframe, a supercomputer which controls everything that occurs on Earth and the lives of the avatars. Children from the ages of 5-18 would have to play this game, being reborn every time they died, until they either ran out of money to play, in which case they would have to return to the regular schooling system, or they simply grew too old.
The key concept of this was to help children become wise and learn how to be responsible by going through several trials at “life” through simulations before they had to actually start living it. However, as with everything else, with good comes bad.
Take, for example, the fact that money is involved in this whole operation. Players earn money when they do better in a life or gain more viewers (yes, other people on Tygon get to watch your every move while you are on Earth). There are also people called Patrons who get to sponsor players, bet on them, and help me them to do better. Guess who one of the Patrons is? That’s, right! Brandon, the very creator of the game, is a Patron, but there is no way he would be able to give an unfair advantage to the children he sponsors, could he? When money is in the equation, there are always evil conspiracies.
Of course, there is a lot more to it. There is a boy named Zack who has been sponsored by Brandon and a girl named Alexandria who had to return to the regular schooling system at one point. Instead of learning math and science at school, however, she learned of its deep dark horrors and secrets. Oh, and did I forget to mention that all the citizens of Tygon have become addicted to watching the Game? All of the world’s economies, businesses, and governments all are reliant and connected to the Game in some way, shape, or form. Though there is a lot more to this tale, I don’t think I would be able to tell you much more without completely giving away the whole plot, a crime punishable by death in my opinion.
If you enjoyed the Hunger Games and are hungry for more dystopia, get ready to dive into this world, which will question how you believe everything in the world works. It will inspire you to work harder and become a better individual just in case life really is a video game and our achievements on this planet really do equate to money in “real life.”