A Satirical Interactive Fiction Commemorating 2020

Was 2020 a Simulation?

An interactive fiction to uncover the truth and laugh (maybe)

Photo by Joshua Sortino on Unsplash

You’re on the internet, and the pandemic is still raging outside your window.

You come across an article on Medium. It asks:

Was 2020 A Simulation?

You frown. Something is unsettling about this article. The headline seems to be a bit too clickbaity.

You lean back, wondering if you are going to read on.

You read on.

You scoff, temporarily disgusted that you’ve fallen for such a trivial formatting trick. This is starting to feel like a sick joke.

The article assures you it’s not a joke, although parts of it can be funny. The author says he only wants to show you the truth.

What truth? You wonder.

That your concept of the year 2020 is nothing more than a simulation program designed to conceal an even darker reality.

What? There’s a version of reality even darker than this?

You glance up at the avatar of the article’s author. You think to yourself, I see what you’re trying to do here. Go back to your Zoom classes, kid. This isn’t The Matrix, and you ain’t no Lawrence Fishburne.

The author assures you that due to copyright fair-use, this is exactly like The Matrix, and he very well could be Lawrence Fishburne.

You feel a splinter in your mind.

Then you find a warning closer to the bottom of the article. It says the rules of the branching multiverse would kick into gear the moment you make your first choice in this interactive fiction. But it’s not too late to turn back.

You scoff again. I get it. I get it. I can take the blue pill. Blah blah blah.

There is no mention of a blue pill. There is no mention of a red pill either. Thank goodness.

The author asks if you want to proceed.

Click here for yes.

Click here for no.

Shaolin student, Zen practitioner, Agile enthusiast, an atheist who’s nostalgic for his Christian days, losing sleep over the state of democracy

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