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gameI still have no idea what the story is I was playing for like an hour over an hour so I have no idea what the story is cool oh come on mark it's not that difficult you're merely a double agent looking to attain immortality by hacking into a demon realm full of murderous math rejects accidentally unleashing them and turning the world into a bunch of mind-control zombie BOTS looking to cleanse humanity with bloody bloody vengeance oh wait was that not clear from the
gamehow much time you got friend cuz this one's Laura's gonna make you Wu Zi er than extended VR play sessions hello Internet welcome to
theorythe show that lives in the blurry borderlands between
gameand reality today's episode is all about the new incredible VR titled bone works developed by stress level 0 if that studio name sounds familiar well it should it's actually the same team that made duck season 2 years ago you know the VR duck hunt parody with more dead 80s kids than your typical fun Afghan and more hidden
gamelore than well your typical fun Afghan go figure and now it seems like they're back at it with even more tricks up their sleeves and bone works on the surface bone works appears to be a VR riff on half-life first-person shooter check physics-based puzzles check crowbars facehugger crabs and a whole lot of orange big old check marks they're the only thing that we're missing is a gravity...
gun but underneath stress level zeros created what's perhaps the most original fascinating and well hidden
gameuniverse that we've seen in years rips a bit too well hidden you see the surface level was all that some reviewers got out of their
gameplay experience when looking at reviews for bone works he had people saying stuff like the story is bare-bones and the lack of a meaningful story made bone works feel a little hollow definitely miss the opportunity for some calcium memes there i GN bone works is hollow needs calcium dog dead memes aside though bone works is anything but hollow in addition to being just a really tight vr shooter it's also a
gamemuch bigger than what it appears considering it plays a critical role in a massive multi
gamemystery that stress levels 0 has been laying out for us and so that is what we start exploring today the calcium-rich story skeleton a bone works and how the whole thing ties together with a serial killer dog man haunting
gamecartridges in the 1980s there is a lot to cover so let's first start by simply addressing the story that we see in this single
gamewhen you strip away all the melon belly and noodle dogs at its core bowen works is about one man's quest to hack a
gameand achieve immortality now we play as Arthur Ford Security Director for monoghan industries we from an in-
gametimeline that monoghan is the video
gamecompany turned global corporate overlord back in the 1980s they were a competitor in the...
console wars but in the present day of bone works either in 1996 or 1997 they've not only pioneered advanced VR technology but have also expanded into housing nutrition medicine and short monoghan is basically Nintendo if Nintendo grew up to be evil Google when the
gamebegins we see a cutscene of Arthur logging into ma ngons new virtual system myth OS city a virtual metropolis built by monoghan to serve as a functional Second Life for sins where users can hop in and lead an entirely separate life or hack multiple separate lives the city we're told is set to open to the world soon but it's not long before our peaceful stroll through the VR city gets interrupted by a transmission coming in from the outside world the real world M Hays security engineer for the bone works project tells us that the city is on lockdown I have no idea how you weren't kicked like nobody else can log in the system cockney frozen might have something to do with it so if you can make your way to the core tower you might be able to manually restart it and let us back in so the system is frozen and it's our goal as the only person left in myth OS to manually restart it and that's the
gameor is it you see it quickly becomes clear that the system's shutting down was an inside job hey so everyone's kind of freaking out over here there's a rumor from security that somebody broke into the complex and coordinated a breach in myth I don't know why or who would even know...
how but I think it's an inside job and from there it doesn't take much to figure out that we are the double agents rewind back to the beginning of the
gamewe see arthur jacking into the system via some very unconventional means he's barricading doors he's plugging USB drives into wires he's using a rough-looking VR headset and now notice the name on all of those devices on both the USB Drive and the headset you see the name gamut now if you played stress level zeroes previous title duck season or if just watched my
theoryon it you might recognize that name you see gammon was the company that created the Ducks and cartridge home to the blood-soaked mascot dog who in that
gamewas able to escape his digital confines as well as the king bit gaming system that we played it on so going back to that timeline we saw earlier from bone works we know that this was mana Gon's rival during those console wars Gammons king bit gaming versus mana gongs holly system a classic genesis versus super nintendo rivalry king bit does what poly systems which is apparently summoning a killer dog to kidnap children and slaughter parents slap that one onto the promotional materials in short we're playing as Arthur infiltrating myth OS using the technology of Madigan's competitor he's a double agent this is all reinforced by a call later in the
gamewith encryption specialist Elora who just shakes her head at us while holding the gamin USB drive but this all leaves...
the question of why what was Arthur Ford hoping to achieve by betraying mana God well our first hints come in some messages that are scrawled on the walls of the workplace environment at the very beginning of the
gamequote our minds are directly connected to the void bone works back-end is the only thing preventing true death what if mortality is possible in quote because this is the opening of the
gamethese messages all just come across as a bunch of meaningless jargon a lot of gobbledygook but when you revisit this information later it appears to be the crux of the entire
game's plot to fully understand why though we first have to define some terms as we learn in the opening Museum level void energy is chaotic matter that forms the foundation upon which myth OS stands quantum void energy particles exist in the multiple places at once providing the perfect glue that holds instance matter together Oh talk about your reality simulations the
gameperfectly nailed the part of reality where I get bored halfway through reading a museum's description so let me do my best to translate this basically the void is some kind of magic energy source pocket dimension or other plane of existence separate from reality that mana GaN is somehow found a way to access based on how it's described here I think it sounds a lot like the movie Inception there you descended down deeper and deeper through different dream states you would be active in the deepest layer but you still...
existed on all the layers above you you were in multiple places at the same time that's why each layer needed what they called a kick to snap you awaken out of the layer directly blow you it seems like in bone works the void functions in a very similar way notice that it says void energy exists in multiple places at once meaning that when you're tapped into the void you can be in different layers of reality simultaneously that's why in the
game's closing cutscene we simultaneously exist inside the virtual world we're watching this play out on a screen in the
gamebut we also see our body slumped over outside wearing the VR headset in the real world it's just like sleeping and Inception except here where VR in the bone works program then not the
gamebut the actual in-
gamebone works project that Arthur Ford and his co-workers have built is the layer between the void and the myth OS city it's kind of like a protective barrier so that if you die in the
gameyou don't die in real life you just resurrect in the system that's why we have the second line of those quotes I mentioned earlier bone works back end is the only thing preventing true death it's an infrastructure protecting its users but what if your consciousness were able to bypass the bone works and just exists here down in the void you see the void is a very real resource in the
gameworld we see thanks to that timeline I keep going back to that monoghan discovered the void which...
on the timeline was redacted for privacy concerns and it's enabled them to build out their mix systems as such everything both real and virtual in this
gametouches the void in some way monoghan just figured out a way to tap into it and send users into the myth system using it so consider this if your consciousness is somehow able to get past the bone works and down into the void you can die over here in the VR world or heck you could even die over here in the real world and it wouldn't matter you're immortal you are beyond the need for a body free of physical limitations and constraints you can suddenly access every tech product or heck every living creature that decides to tap into the void energy and as we're told myth OS is hooking everyone who's going to be joining this system into the void so your consciousness could theoretically invade any real-world body that you wanted you could glitch trap them all and all of this is exactly Ford's plan we see it in more wall writings in that opening section of the
gamemode again theoretically if we can somehow stop the system clock we could disconnect the resurrection field outside mytho s chambers we could resurrect in the void the void 'we could allow for immortality if the mana god heads knew even remotely how valuable this is even with bone works access getting out of myth though s might be hard let's go find out so that seems to be the plan that arthur's following here insert the gammon...
USB key to disconnect the servers stop the system clock and buy himself a couple of hours to get his way into the void and become immortal I mean if you're playing the
gamelike a normal person our TT live playthrough is like a full day's worth of video for like half the
gameso you know maybe we should have been playing with a bit more urgency I'm a hammer doo doo doo nuke let's just say our version of Arthur Ford not making it to the clock in time anyway for as complex as it is apparently Arthur wasn't the only one to figure it out either according to his coworker Elora you're heading to the tower to reset I've been obsessing over the possibility for weeks and you acted on it first I couldn't let you think you were the only one who saw it just leave a way for others to get in leave the way in at the end of Arthur's board's journey which ends with a lot of ladder climbing I mean lots of ladder climbing we witnessed two important moments the first happens after finally reaching the time tower and resetting it Arthur is transported to a dingy hallway with a VR headset warning him to avoid the boy he doesn't listen and instead follows a glowing purple being through a door that says welcome home on the door is the bone Works logo as well as a doorknob made from a familiar-looking baseball one that's taken directly signatures and all straight out of duck season we open the door fall down and are treated to a cutscene where we see...
ourselves wake up in the same room that we started the
gameexcept now we're a virtual entity pick up the crowbar hop back into the headset and are transported to the final level of the
gamecompare this cutscene then to the final one of the
gameArthur hops down into the boy pit only to watch his body slumped over in a chair still with his VR headset on the crowbar still on the crate where we left it in the
game's first cutscene men in hazmat suits and guns break into barricaded room only for the camera to pan back and reveal weird floating ghostly humanoid bodies the scene cuts to black on the sound of gunshot what we can assume is Arthur Ford's real-life body being shot and yet we as the player as Arthur Ford we continue to live on we're still alive the reason I call out these two scenes in particular is because together they show that Arthur's plan work he's immortal now the first sequence is him getting rebooted into the bone works played in resetting the time tower he manages to break free of myth OS and become a separate entity beyond his physical body one that's able to exist outside of a virtual headset one that's able to pick up a crowbar and use it which puts him one step away from the boy by diving once again deeper into the system he's finally descending one more plane down he's gone from myth OS down into the bone works and now he's going from the bone works down into the void once there his consciousness becomes...
immortal he no longer needs his body in real life nor his avatar in the
gamehe just exists as a consciousness and as the floating bodies around him all throughout endings show us he's not alone in fact his medley may have just unleashed the creatures that will inevitably cause humanity's downfall which honestly serves as a good segue to the next episode where we learn more about the murderous cryptids and stress level zeroes next
gameremember at the top of the episode I said that this
gamewas all about a double agent looking to attain immortality by hacking into a demon realm full of mysterious finale Dex accidentally unleashing him and turning the world into a bunch of mind-control Dombey BOTS seeking the cleanse humanity with bloody bloody vengeance well we're currently up through double agent hacking into a demon realm so for the rest tune in later this week oh sure as VR players we all kind of wish this were real and we dream of uploading our consciousness into the world that we've created in VR in turn making the ultimate immersive experience but next time we find out the bloody consequence is when we actually manage to do it so make sure you subscribe to get notified of part two of this episode happening on Saturday also just as a reminder please give this video five stars when you see YouTube's little Yelp like reviews showing up in your feed it honestly helps way more than you know and probably way more than it should but that's YouTube in...
2020 my friends and with that it's time to unplug for the day or can you pour me all just part of a simulation now I guess you could say that it's all just a