Please Press Start






a warm waterproof hip-length jacket usually with a hood, originally worn in polar regions, but now worn for any outdoor activity


(informal, derogatory) a socially inept person with a hobby considered by most people to be boring

No one intends to get addicted. At least that's what they say. The manufacturer says that it is an unintended consequence over which they have no control. They encourage prospective gamers to “play the game responsibly”. They even include the phone number for an addiction resource group with every game they sell. It has done little to stem the epidemic.

Since its release, there have been over two hundred deaths reported. Many more are suspected. Each case is similar. The victim’s skin has a sickly pallor. Most die of starvation, so engrossed in the game that they forget to eat. They are found clutching their controllers, hands hardened into claws due to rigor mortis. Medics report that they have to break fingers to remove the device.

I know all of this. I understand the arguments against playing and I rehash them all as I sit holding the game in my hands. Still, I open the case and insert the disc. The screen goes blank and then three words appear on the screen:

Please Press Start.


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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

There are a few book series out there along these lines. not to mention a movie. Still a great premise for a story, though.

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The story started as a bit of a joke. My whole family was sick last weekend and we spent the whole time convalescing and playing videogames. I wrote it for them as a nod and a wink to that experience, then I figured, what the heck I'll post it...

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