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The PlumbBob Quest: Part 1
Published Jun 14, 2010


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Hi and welcome to Part One of my story, "The PlumbBob Quest". This was inspired from a paper which was based on the question "What if our world was a virtual reality? What if we were living in a game of The Sims?"
But the question that my story is based on is this: "What if the information processing of the Sims became so complex that they acquired the power of thought? What if our sims could deduce that they were, in fact, virtual? And what if they tried to free themselves?"
This is the answer. This is the story of two sims and their quest for the truth.

Hi and welcome to Part One of my story, "The PlumbBob Quest". This was inspired from a paper which was based on the question "What if our world was a virtual reality? What if we were living in a game of The Sims?"
But the question that my story is based on is this: "What if the information processing of the Sims became so complex that they acquired the power of thought? What if our sims could deduce that they were, in fact, virtual? And what if they tried to free themselves?"
This is the answer. This is the story of two sims and their quest for the truth.
My life living in the town of Whitworth was pretty ordinary. I went to school, I played sports, I listened to my MP3 player, I did my homework... I did nothing out of the norm. Not once did I suspect something sinister involved, something affecting everything that happened around me... But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me start from the beginning. Let me tell you everything... Chatting online with girls from school that I didn't really like was boring, time-consuming, and overall just not worth it. This is what I, Becky Cannon, decided as I typed endless messages like 'wen r u gonna c ur bf?' and 'wat r u doin this week?' and 'yer, he's sooo cute. but wat bout brad? he's so hot'. But according to my mother, Emily, I didn't spend enough time with girls. I didn't have any besties that were girls, and I needed to spend more time with females. She said this because my best (and only) friend was Jasper Jinks. A boy. Though we'd been practically inseparable since we were tiny toddlers, my mum didn't approve. She said if Jasper was my only friend, I'd never experience 'the wonders of girl friendship'. Whatever that meant. So there I sat, wishing dad would get home. Wishing some long-lost relative would suddenly arrive at our doorstep. Wishing that aliens would knock on our door. Anything to distract mum so I could stop talking to these shallow girls. Mum kept popping in every ten minutes or so, asking if I was talking to the girls at school, asking if I wanted a snack, asking if I'd made any friends. The truth was I hated all the girls I spoke to with a surprising passion, but I just said "Yeah, they're all really nice. We have a lot in common." Mum was satisfied, at least. I was so relieved when my cell phone rang. A distraction! I quickly stood up and saw that the caller was none other than Jasper Jinks. "Hi Jasper, what's up?" I asked. "I've discovered a new theory," Jasper said. "You've got to come over right now, Becky." Jasper was an enthusiastic scientist and researcher. He was forever coming up with strange and often far-fetched theories about absolutely everything. Once he thought that vampires lived among us, once he thought that using too much bug spray on your plants could turn you into a strange plant creature... once he thought that aliens lived in a place called Strangetown and that they took someone named Bella Goth there.
"Another one?" I asked, sighing.
"No, no - you have to believe me, Becky, this is serious," Jasper said. "It's not anything about vampires or anything like that! This is scaring me, Becky, you have to come!" Never had Jasper sounded so terrified before. Could this really be serious? "Fine, I'll be right over," I said. What had Jasper discovered? "Mum, I'm going to Jasper's!" I yelled, running out the front door.
She followed, calling, "What about the girls you were talking to?"
But I pretended not to hear.
When I arrived at Jasper's house, which was just down the street, I rang the doorbell. Penny Jinks, Jasper's mum, answered the door. "Oh, hi, Becky," she said. "Jasper's in his room."
She said the last part with a hint of distate, as though she would rather that her son was the captain of the basketball team instead of a budding scientist.
When I entered Jasper's room, he was on the computer. Jasper's room had always fascinated me, and kind of freaked me out. Above his bed was some kind of weird sumo kite and a scary mask. Next to his bookcase was a poster of an 'alien'. On the wall next to his computer was a poster of a UFO, and above the computer was a portrait of the woman he called 'Bella Goth'.
"Shut the door," he said.
"I thought your mum said we weren't allowed to," I replied dryly.
"Just do it," he said impatiently. I did.
"So, mad scientist, what's the crazy new theory?" I asked him casually, hoping it would soon be over and we could chat about things unrelated to aliens.
"Becky, this one's serious. I swear," Jasper replied. He stood up. "Have you ever played a simulation game? You know, a virtual reality game? With a virtual world?"
I nodded.
"Well, I have reasons to believe that we're LIVING in one. I have proofs. In physics. Mathematical equations," Jasper said slowly. "Everything we do is watched and controlled by creatures outside our world. We are, literally, computer game characters. We're VIRTUAL." "I think the game is called... the Sims." I laughed. "Good one, Jasper. You had me spooked for a moment there," I replied. "You need to get out of the house more," I joked. "Come on, let's go to the park." "I'm SERIOUS, Becky! You have to believe me!" Jasper pleaded. "They're controlling us and everyone around us," Jasper said. "We have to stop them." Jasper was beginning to worry me. Had he finally gone off the deep end? How long had he stayed cooped up in his house, researching his insane theory? But, hoping to get him OUTSIDE in the fresh air, I decided to humor him. "Okay," I said. "So how WOULD we stop them?" "Could we communicate with them? Could we get them to stop controlling everything?" "I don't know," Jasper admitted. "I don't even know if they're controlling me and you right now. It's practically impossible to tell." "This... doesn't really make sense to me. Can you... explain it a bit more?" I asked hesitantly. "How can something outside create our world? Can't our world create itself?" "We are created from information processing," Jasper said. "Wait, how much do you know about quantum mechanics?" "About as much as you know about making cheesecake," I replied. "Okay then, I'll try and explain it simply," he said. "In the virtual reality theory, our universe would have been created with a processor, therefore there must be a processor outside of our universe - as the processor cannot create itself. The processor logically cannot be contained in our universe because the creation of our universe could not begin if there was not a processor beforehand." "...Okay?" I said, laughing nervously. "But Jasper, of course our world is real. Look." I tapped the desk hard. "See? I touched the desk. And it hurt. Our world's real. End of story." He laughed. "Of course it is real to you. It is real to everyone in our world." "If you played a simulation game you would think that their virtual reality isn't real. But it's real to them. Being 'virtual' doesn't mean it wouldn't seem real to its inhabitants. For the inhabitants of a virtual reality, the reality is local to their world. It's just not objectively real." "So we're virtual. But everything seems real to us because everything else is also virtual?" I asked, still confused. "Something like that," he replied, sighing quietly. "So what's our next step?" I asked him nervously, worried about what the answer might be. "Well, I think we should go to the library and search for more information," he replied promptly. "Oh. Okay. Let's go!" Anything to get him out of the house, I thought. Besides, I was getting kind of curious.

~End of Part One~

Thanks for reading! As usual, gigantic humungous thanks to custom content creators. I hope you enjoyed the first part. Part 2 is coming soon!

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#14Pernille93Jun 17, 2010

Awesome story! You have me completely captured. One bad thing however, is that Jasper's mother looks like a 20year old \:\) I don't know, she doesn't seem realistic :b

#15MangioJun 21, 2010

\:wub\: such an interesting start, and what a great theory to test.. i wonder what our two sims are venturing into. cant wait for more \;\)

#16LJgamingJun 23, 2010

Wow! great idea! Will they jump out of computer game or smth? =DD

#17IllandryaJun 23, 2010

Loved it! So refreshing to find such a well-written story with an intriguing, unique concept. I can't wait to find out more about Jasper's theory and how they are going to prove it \:D 

#18my_bullittJun 25, 2010

Great job, and what a fantastic idea!  **off to read part two!** \:rah\:

#19haiduongAug 31, 2010

Oh, it's quite funny how Jasper tried to make Becky understand his theory! I'm going to read the part two right now! \:D

#20fredbrennySep 1, 2010

\:rah\: I am sorry I didn't have time before. I will now read the whole story. I love the concept! Great first chapter!  I will be back after reading  the next 5 chapters. \;\)

#21fabrizioammolloSep 18, 2010

This is brilliant! \:rah\:

#22TwilightDreamerNov 3, 2010

THIS IS GREAT I <333 IT x10

#23TwilightDreamerNov 3, 2010

more plz

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