A Satirical Interactive Fiction Commemorating 2020
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“Oh, no!” screams the man on the phone.
“Because your machine is running the Windows operating system, I’m almost certain the Author has already injected it with a tracking virus,” he says. “Quick! Smash that computer!”
You hesitate. Sure, you’ve heard of all those scary stories about Windows viruses in the past. But things are a lot better now. This is starting to sound like one of those silly conspiracy theories about how Bill Gates had manufactured the coronavirus so he could inject people with tracking devices.
“I assure you there is no tracking device in the COVID vaccine,” says the man. “Seriously, when that thing becomes available, you should totally take it. And Bill Gates didn’t manufacture the coronavirus. … He doesn’t need to.”
“What do you mean?”
“Think back to that TED Talk he gave back in 2015,” says the man. “How did Bill Gates know so much?”
“Because … he did his research?”
You wonder how reading a Medium article has led you down this crazy rabbit hole. This isn’t Reddit … or Tinder.
“Destroy this machine now!” screams the man. “The fate of everyone in the world depends on it!”
You run for the heaviest tool available to you. It could be a baseball bat, a hammer, or Gimli’s walking axe. Whatever is closest to you at the time.
You raise it over your head.
You hesitate again.
Something is unsettling about the guy on the phone. He’s taking his Lawrence-Fishburne act way too seriously now. How did he get your number anyway?
But you’ve trusted him this far …
Do you smash your computer?