Questions tagged [virtual-worlds]

Virtual worlds, as opposed to fantasy worlds, are typically environments that are created by computer technology into which people from the real world can be immersed in. These can range from holodeck type experiences (physical manifestation) to directed mental imagery (such as in The Matrix).

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Short story about a virtual world. Protagonist is a female who specializes in torture experiences

I think I read this online in the last ten years, so after 2005 or so. In the story, everyone is online, I think 24/7. People are jaded and always looking for new experiences. The protagonist (or at ...
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Story with VR worlds for the wealthy

There is this story I read years ago about a world where the wealthy created VR worlds for themselves to live in. These virtual worlds were extremely realistic and the 'masters' of those worlds could ...
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How does holodeck keep people from running into the walls?

I can understand how the holodeck creates virtual environments. But I don't see any mechanism that prevents people from walking into walls. Are the floors moving? Are they in a different dimension ...
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Short story about addictive games and virtual realities

This was a short story I read in the 80's but I think it was written earlier than this. It was about a man who was hit by a bus and thrown through a shop window. When he became aware he was in the ...
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What's the movie where this guy finds that his world is simulated and tries to find those simulating it?

He receives a letter telling him to go to a place that he would never think of going to--to just drive to a place he didn't know existed. When he does he sees that that part of the world (part of ...
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Full body VR sim where characters are trapped in a fantasy world

I read this sometime in the late 90s, borrowed from the local library. The basic plot was that people couldn't exit the VR sim(s), so the authorities brought in one of the original designers of the ...
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Which Sci-Fi work introduced the idea of “Virtual Reality”?

There are countless Sci-Fi works featuring Virtual Reality (Definition: A computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or ...
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Very old Matrix-like short story, based on chemicals released into the air, pre-computer

I am looking for a story about the future of mankind, in which most people have been enslaved in a virtual reality. It ends with the revelation that the people are just lying there imagining their ...
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Trying to remember book about virtual reality

The story is about a man who slowly but gradually finds out that he is living in a virtual reality. Eventually they let him return to the real reality, but then, after a while he starts to notice ...
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Why is the original “self” lost through death in The 13th Floor and replaced by the virtual one?

In "The 13th Floor" person A experiences a simulation of person B's body and world. If person B dies while person A is experiencing their world, person A's sense of self is destroyed and person B then ...
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Story where the hero ends up having his eyelids removed and being hooked up to some kind of virtual reality machine

Trying to identify a short science fiction story where the protagonist is some kind of policeman or investigator, and at the end he chooses to live his life out hooked up to some kind of virtual ...
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Cartoon where the characters enter a virtual world where disabled father regains walking ability

I remember this one cartoon show on Cartoon Network, probably around year 2000. There are some characters, but I remember his father was handicapped; he could not walk. They can all enter a virtual ...
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Story about getting trapped in virtual reality labyrinth

I remember several years ago coming across a story where the characters get trapped in a virtual reality labyrinth where they were wearing a prototype/demo bodysuit that simulates pain responses, to ...
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I'm looking for a book about a guy that enters into medieval place to save a princess through a virtual reality computer game

I am looking for the title of a book that feature a man who uses virtual reality equipment set up to his computer to play a game. Once there, he is immersed in a virtual medieval world and becomes a ...