The DeanBeat: Please build me this metaverse about The Dark Tower series

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When it comes to metavers, we see a lot of fog and hype there. Everyone thinks they want it, but they’re not sure what it is or is it something that has already happened or something is coming in the future. Here are some of my own thoughts on what Metavers should be.

What I want to encourage is a little imagination. If you remember the words of Tech-Tuna CEO, Strauss Zelnik, he said in an interview and in a talk he gave that Metawars was overblown and a lot has happened. He described his inspiration for Second Life and Virtual Worlds as a trivial failure, and praised GTA Online for doing everything that gambles mean through gaming. It’s social, playing with people, they get into their games.

But I think Zelnik fell into the trap of thinking we’ve already gotten there and done it. Why try it again? It’s good to remember that there were a lot of multiplayer online (MMO) games before GTA Online and World of Warcraft, such as Eve Online. They tied to each other.

In my opinion, Metavers should be real time. It should be agile and you should be able to instantly switch from one world to another without any painful delay which takes you out of the immersion that you can be anywhere.

My idea of ​​entertaining metavars involves the work of a young writer who long ago studied English as a major and T.S. Elliott explored rich works full of literary contexts such as The Westland and themes of heaven and hell and the end of culture. .

He had the idea of ​​creating a world and a set of characters and stories that were all connected. Each individual creation had its own meta story. It was like the idea of ​​linking books from Robin and Rand Miller’s original Mist.

It was inspired by The Lord of the Rings, Arthurian Legends and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. And he read a poem by Robert Browning’s Child Roland to the Dark Tower. The series was about the interpretation of what happened when a knight approached the Dark Tower.

I’m talking about Stephen King and his Magnum Opus, The Dark Tower series. Before Carrie, King was often criticized for his horrific works, and he was considered the literary shlokmister who created the worst pulp fiction.

But he started with this idea and then he was buried for decades. But he was building the world, and he made the backdoors in this world into a big meta story. He had the idea of ​​creating a world and a set of characters and stories that were all connected. With the idea of ​​parallel worlds and time travel, he created it so that these characters – such as The Stand’s Villain, Randall Flagg – would appear repeatedly throughout the decades in his books. He weaved works such as The Westlands and The Seven Samurai into The Dark Tower’s tapestry, which eventually became eight novels and over 4,250 pages.

I realize they’ve made a critically panned movie about the first story. And Amazon canceled the TV series based on it. But I’m one of those die-hard fans.

Combining dozens of novels and other creative works together and telling a very big story, King got the last laugh at people who felt his work never deserved to be labeled as an epic. He created his own Magnum Opus. In my mind, he created metavars. You can take it all and turn it into a digital metaver of the connected virtual world. You can use those links to find common threads between stories. It wasn’t just a story. It was a whole collection of stories, all under one roof. It was like a franchise of a franchise.

Or better yet, you let the readers and players take this world and make it their own. To me, this is a kind of notion that deserves the word metavers. I wish someone would tie it.

What will I do in those metavars? I do not know. Hell, I can create my own Stephen King-like stories about The Dark Tower or maybe connect with other fans. It will be a world built on, and something in which I can sink my teeth as a fan.

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