Original COMPLETED Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-fi Virtual Reality

The Earth is changing. Aliens invaded, bringing with them social upheaval, advanced technology and an armada of peacekeeping robots. But Alan, a college student pursuing a now-useless degree, cares little about all of this. He has only one thing on his mind: the Game. A fully immersive virtual reality, the Game appears to be a major part of the invading civilization. And Alan can't wait to play. Soon though, he realizes the Game is anything but simple, and the stakes are higher than he ever imagined.


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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Start: Enter the Game ago
Tutorial? What Tutorial? ago
The Tutorial Starts! Or does it? ago
Is this the tutorial? ago
Tutorial, Start! ago
The First Step of Survival ago
Barely Surviving ago
The Key to Survival: Upgrades ago
Risk Management ago
Mistakes ago
Revelations ago
New Beginnings ago
Arc 2 Start! Back to Reality ago
The City ago
Finding the Undercity ago
The Labyrinth ago
Guild Assessments Day One ago
Basic Combat Assessment ago
A Surprising Assessment ago
Final Assessment? ago
Old Hangouts ago
Progress ago
Moving 3.1 ago
Introductions 3.2 ago
Running in Circles 3.3 ago
Not a Chapter (Hiatus) ago
Hacking? 3.4 ago
New Challenges 3.5 ago
News 3.6 ago
The Gam3: Opening Moves Official Release! ago
A Hacking Good Time 3.7 ago
Announcing thegam3.com! New chapter can be found there. ago
The Academy 3.8 ago
The Academy 3.9 ago
The Academy 3.10 ago
The Academy 3.11 ago
The Academy 3.12 ago
The Academy 3.13 ago
The War 4.1 ago
The War 4.2 ago
The War 4.3 ago
The War 4.4 ago
The War 4.5 ago
The War 4.6 ago
The War 4.7 ago
The War 4.8 ago
The War 4.9 ago
The War 4.10 ago
The War 4.11 ago
The Abyss 5.1 ago
The Abyss 5.2 ago
The Abyss 5.3 ago
The Abyss 5.4 ago
The Abyss 5.5 ago
The Abyss 5.6 ago
The Abyss 5.7 ago
The Abyss 5.8 ago
The Abyss 5.9 ago
The Abyss 5.10 ago
The Abyss 5.11 and Earth’s Gambit Release! ago
The Abyss 5.12 ago
The Abyss 5.13 ago
The Abyss 5.14 ago
The Empire 6.1 ago
The Empire 6.2 ago
The Empire 6.3 ago
The Empire 6.4 ago
The Empire 6.5 ago
The Empire 6.6 ago
The Empire 6.7 ago
The Empire 6.8 ago
The Empire 6.9 ago
The Empire 6.10 ago
The Empire 6.11 ago
The Empire 6.12 ago
Epilogue ago
Sacrificial Pieces is now out on Amazon! ago
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Phalkor
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This is a well written story.  The grammar is good and it seems very well put together.  I expect great things for this story.  I bet it hits the top 50 before the next 10 chapters come out.

Aeoknort
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Really interesting premise, with the right mix of classic ideas and new themes.

Definitely a must read for any sci-fi fan

regist0
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The Best Sci Fi on this site

The Gam3 is currently the best sci-fi on this site.

 

The universe  described in the story is truly unique and has a lot of potential. 

Gibster
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Absolutely Fantastic SciFi

This is a very imaginative story.  It has an enjoyable storyline with realistic characters.  The world building is wonderful and very vivid.  I am really looking forward to more.  The way the story is set up leaves so many options.  It is absolutely massive with limitless potential.  It wonderfully blends magic, scifi, VRMMO, aliens, and more!  This story is among the top on this site and one of the top 2 scifis.  

 

I am so happy that there are increasingly higher quality stories with original and diverse backgrounds.  With the way things are going, the potential is very high.

Shambala
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Got my brain blown away

Original at the point of blowing my mind in expectation of more. I just can’t wait to have more of a glimpse of this world the autor created… Fun fact, I’m considering to start a bit of  AI of my own…. I’m sure tho I will keep checking every day now and there if any new chapter is out.

 

Thanks for the amazing writing.

baengi
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Great story, still need some polishing

Review from the first chapter of Arc 2) You have a really good story here. It has a lot of potential. Your grammar in general is quite good too. The story is fluid, there’s no big hole and there’s no discrepancy so far. The way you built the weapon and character system is great.

A slow story and a slow plot development is okay, after all your chapters are a bit short so you don’t have that many words written yet. I can’t wait for the next chapter :-)

Now for the less great: I find your MC and other characters a bit lacking. Okay he can be following is AI all you want, but i’d like to see more of is personality and emotions. For exemple, one of is tutorial mate says something along the line of ”your AI nany” and you say its stuck the MC because it was a bit true, but you dont develop from there. It was somewhat an action part with the tutorial going but…Apart from is name and some basics, we don’t know anything about your MC after one arc.

Also, the effect Game -> Real is not really there, but for this I hope it’s just a ‘For now’ since the first arc was about the Tutorial. For exemple, personnally i’d like to know if Eve was stored in the capsule or if she’s still in the computer assembly, if merging with Titan have changed something else than just her database, if she’ll need a bigger assy to store all that new data, will she evolve to the next class (what are the prerequisite of that btw? one of the permanent goal of an AI would be to grow after all?), what the company staff think about Icewolf bringing a new guy in. His family, is he an only child?

And your MC appear a bit OP, maybe put some big class weaknesses to compensate?

Anyway, so far, good work, and dont drop that project! It is really a gold mine what you built, and if you can work the weakpoints it’s gonna be really a great story. Oh and i must say, your character appear a bit weak in part because of the AI, some stories have equally shallow MC but it’s less glaring sadly. Your concept is a bit working against you here, but if you work that weakness, it could become one of your strong point too.

 

Update at 5th chapter of the second arc.
You’re quite good with cliffhanger. You put ones good enough to make us eager for the next chapter but it isn’t a cliffhanger so big and glaring that it become annoying for the reader, gratz! Apart from that, the story development is flowing naturally, it doesn’t seem forced. The weaknesses your MC showed in the last chapter are especially appreciated, because there was a real need to compensate your MC OPness. The boon of the class he got should always be compensated to a certain degree to keep the feeling that the MC is “real”. Your character development is still lacking (in my opinion), but i see a little improvement here and there with the way he react to situations, for example. He really should show more emotions, think more thoughts. Your AI almost showed more emotion than your MC in the last part of the 5th chapter.

 

Later thought: I think i’ll do as one of the reviewer said. Think of Alan and Eve as one character. So that make the MC less shallow a bit maybe? Still love that story, read it 3 time so far. And i really liked the introduction speech from Elissandra. A very well written piece of text!

DoktorPrimat
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By the power of The Empire! Read this!

This story is very good and very different from your normal VR-story. The setting, the world, the people  and how you play the game, everything is different from the norm - and I love it.

the story is sat in a form of futuristic style, where alien life is found and interacted with, and the game itself is important in this newly found intergalactic setting. In there, there are none of thatfantasy, middleaged setting but a sci-fi style with modern and  ingenious out ofspace styled weapons. 

The MC himslef seems to a total nutcase  and needs constant attention unless you want pure dissaster!

so this story is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to read! (At least twice!)

 

-Dok

all Hail the Penguin Empire!

koutacchi
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Do not judge the story by it's title.

Truly this story is interesting as you delve in to the plot.
The refreshing feeling of a sci-fi VRRMMORPG with also a tinge of classic MMO, this story just draws you in as you read each chapter.

The only downside of this story is the all too common title that might turn other people off since they have probably seen the title a lot of times. Yet the flesh of this story is unique and exciting.

What would happen to Alan as he evolve as  a machine lord? Will he grow at a point where he doesn't need an AI on future choices? Will the AI branch out later on and become a separate avatar as they progress? All these possibilities in my head came gushing through as I finally read the last chapter.

Truly a great read, hoping for more in the future. God speed to the writer and may you grow too, in your pursuit to writing fiction.

N1onEarth
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The Game ia an amazing and unique story. it's well thought out and introduces new concepts in an over saturated genre, it's both stylish and well written. i do, however, have one problem with it. the MC is is SOO annoying. he's apparently a genius who created his own A.I but is so indecisive and dumb that he annoys the shit out of you. i understand that he was written to be a shy typical gamer, but did you have to make him so irritating? don't believe me?? count how many times he says "um" or "uh", it will piss you off. The main character doesn't even think for himself, he relies on his AI or the supporting characters to make the decisions.

screw Alan, the AI should have been the main character.

despite the MC I am still a huge fan of this story. I just have to read it in small doses to prevent the rage from building up.

Lonjest
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Find myself wanting more

Well written, good detail, good story, very interesting plot.

When I read this, I found myself waiting to see what happens next. Pace seems good to me but some may find it slow.

It could do with some table/windows being a game in all but some people aren't that good with em or have no interest. Maybe eventually this author will provide them.

Hope to keep reading this for a while.