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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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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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story identification: all of humanity becomes digital, but then there's a power failure

I'm trying to identify this short story: Humanity has made a transition from being corporeal beings to digital ones, their consciousnesses being run as a computer program. One day there's a power ...
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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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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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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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Book about 4 people stuck in a virtual fantasy game world

I read a sci-fi book maybe 15 years ago I can't find. It was older, from the 90's or 80's. It was about some people who were very good at RPG fantasy games or video games and were asked by this rich ...
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90’s-ish Virtual Reality Movie

I remember watching a movie that was a cartoon with lots of swearing that looked like it was from the 90’s or something but people put on these headsets and entered a virtual world where people could ...
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Short story about an immersive video game with a fantasy dungeon crawl theme

I read this some time in the 80's, and I am fairly certain it was in a magazine (most likely Dragon Magazine). The story was about a girl who played a thief-like character in an online video game. I ...
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Die in the game, die in real life

I am looking for some help identifying a short film that I watched a couple years back. I have tried to track it down, but have been unsuccessful. I remember watching a short film about some kids/...
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Novel search: man and woman alone in a town, revealed to be a simulated reality

I'm searching for a sci-fi novel I read about 20 years ago; might be important to mention that I read it in french. As far as I remember, the story is about a man, who doesn't really know where he is ...
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Short story about man sharing prison cell with a guy that sees reality through a digital “hell filter”

This one has been bothering me for 10-15 years. I feel like I could have read it in an early WIRED issue. For a long time I'd assumed it was a Cory Doctorow story but he assured me that it was not. ...
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Homeless woman uploaded into computer

I vaguely remember an SF novel from the 1980's or early 90's about a poor, maybe homeless, Black woman who gets uploaded into a computer as an experiment. I think the title was the woman's name (?). ...
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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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Book Identification - 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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Cheesy YA novel about global VR MMORPG fantasy world

I'm trying to remember a book I picked up around 2014, the copy seemed reasonably worn but it could have been recent. The story centred on a teenage boy who spent all his time in a worldwide VR MMORPG....
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Looking for pre-1984 novel about two students that invent a virtual reality civilization building game

One student builds his civilization through military power, the other through advances in technology (no this isn't the Stargate Atlantis episode). At a certain point, everyone disappears. They play ...
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YA book about brother and sister in virtual reality

I remember reading a YA book about 10-15 years ago about a brother and sister playing a VR game. I think the brother started first and needed help from the sister but it could have been the other way ...
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Deus Ex Machina?

I'm looking for a sci-fi story I read about 20 years ago. It includes the following elements: A lab, and a computer simulation of the universe or earth. Evolution (possibly). A simulation created ...
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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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Anime/cartoon with kids battling with robots in a game

So I watched this as a kid, best guess was around the early 2000’s. It was dubbed in Cantonese so the actual show might be older. The show follows a couple of kids and some professor type character. ...
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Looking for name of William Gibson-like book of person who is virtual-world shaper

Looking for virtual-world based book. 10-15 years old? Key scenes: Gorilla-like creature at war with an Amazon-like woman. He finally breaks in and slowly breaks her neck. He searches his memory if ...
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Need help finding a book I read 5 or so yrs ago, written in the 90s. It was scifi romance type thing. YA

The book was about a girl who lived in a virtual reality (though I don't think she really remembered putting herself in it. while in her apartment she gets attacked, and somehow brought back to ...
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Finding a book about a videogame that manifests items in the real world

I need help finding a book, my memory is very garbled so I apologise in advance. I remember reading in the distant past, a book beginning with the word E, not too sure if the word was equinox. But ...
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Book set in a medieval VR world where the main character goes to the physical server to play for a better connection

I remember reading the book about 15 years ago. It was full immersion VR in a medieval setting. I've looked at a number of potential matches such as, Killobyte or Heir Apparent and they don't ring a ...
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Science fiction short film with a spaceman in a virtual environment (inside a lifepod) with AI butler

I'm trying to identify a short SF film I recall seeing on public TV back in the late 70s or the 80s, don't recall the title and the actors I didn't recognize at the time, nor recall now. It starts ...
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Book about a future world where people could live in a VR world and become famous from it

I read this book a while back and probably found it in the young adult section of my library. The plot revolved around a future world where people could live in VR and earn money become famous. It ...
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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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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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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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Time Traveler mistaken for senile, put in VR

I'm trying to find a story where a time traveler goes into the future and, attempting to explain himself, people think he is senile or has mental problems. In the future he's arrived in, people can ...
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Book set in the future about virtual worlds

I am looking for this book. It was a rather lengthy book about a bunch of people in virtual worlds, and set in the future. The stuff I remember had one character playing a fantasy virtual reality ...
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What movie has this virtual reality scene in it, of an office worker whose fantasy was to be a success at work?

It was one of those earlier movies that featured paying for a virtual reality experience/fantasy and this clip wasn't the main part of the movie, but rather an example of a fantasy you could get, or a ...
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1990s novel about a man trapped in simulated historic New York

I read this in the late 1990s and I think it was fairly contemporary then. Some things I recall: The protagonist is part of the company that makes virtual reality simulations. Somehow he gets trapped ...
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book: collection of YA stories by different authors with the central theme of VR and VR suits

It had a yellow/orange cover. I read it tons of times as a kid and would love to find this book again. Here's a few more details: Going into virtual reality or VR as they called it involved getting ...
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Cartoon in which a group of teenagers fight a humanoid bug inside a virtual version of their city

I'm looking for a cartoon. As I can remember, the story follows a group of teenagers under the guidance of a virtual, priest or monk-like man in white clothes (who always appears on a big monitor), ...
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Post-apocalyptic novel with group of teenagers who would fight in virtual war simulations

Alright, I'm looking for a sci-fi post-apocalyptic novel I read in Middle School, not sure if it was written for young adults. It probably had a year for its title. The plot revolved around three ...
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Trying to recall a sci-fi book about elitists uploading their mind into computer to gain immortality [duplicate]

I vaguely remember reading this book in which there was an elitist group trying to gain immortality by uploading themselves into a computer(simulation). Each created their own world. Our hero somehow ...
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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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What TV show has someone getting married and having kids in a VR machine?

I'm looking for a TV show that I vaguely remember, so the details may be off. It's about a man that creates a virtual reality machine. He has a subject enter the machine. The subject falls in love, ...
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Virtual reality MMO book with a cross genre chase

About 15 years ago or so (so, no, not Halting State) I read a science fiction book about a virtual reality MMO. The protagonist in the story was female. There's a bit in there also where she was ...
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YA Sci-fi novel about a girl who can enter VR without a suit

I think I read this back in the late '90s or early 2000s. I don't remember the plot at all, but there are a few bits and pieces that stick in my mind: Part of the book takes place in the real world, ...
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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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Cartoon where guys from junkyard become transformed cars

What is the name of this cartoon I've been trying to find for years? It starts in a junkyard with these guys (teens, I think) - they go out and get into these junk cars and turn the ignition switch, ...
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Computer simulation of a battle of the Crusades. In perhaps the first cyberpunk anthology

I'm looking for a short story that describes a battle of the Crusades. After the description of the battle (perhaps Battle of Ascalon? Crusaders on the march defeat an Islamic army in the open?) it is ...
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Story where man develops a virtual reality world or game

In the early to mid 90's I read a book I really enjoyed and I haven't been able to find it. I thought it was called ' Network'. The story surrounded a man that was developing a virtual reality world ...
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TV series about children ending up in father's computer game

So, I only saw a single episode of this during my childhood - 10 or more years ago I had guess - where there is a group of children whose father programmed a game and they ended up in the game and ...
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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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Thirteenth Floor movie ending question

The whole question is spoiler heavy so please only people that saw the movie read this question
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Sci-Fi book in which a guy travels a virtual reality world along with friends

I remember only some of the parts to the book and it will sound kind of weird, but, I really want to figure out what book it was. Some of the parts I remember are, a guy is in a virtual reality type ...
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Virtual reality computer game set in a fantasy world

I need help remembering a paperback style book that had a fantasy adventure computer game being played by a young boy and then followed up I believe by his older sister whom I presume had to rescue ...