Two women are in a room filled with computers. One is sitting in a high-tech chair, rigged up to a futuristic virtual reality system.
Friend: Are you ready to fight THE ULTIMATE cyber battle?
Player: I am! I am!
Friend: Okay, but one more thing…
The player looks worried.
Friend: If you die in the game, you die in real life.
Player: What? You mean…
Her expression changes to scared.
Player: My mind, believing itself done for, will be lost in the depths of cyber limbo…
She now looks completely terrified.
Player: …staying disconnected for so long that my body will WITHER and DIE?
Her friend menacingly holds out a pointy wooden stake. The player recoils in surprise.
Friend: No, see, I’ve bet all my money on this game, and I’ll be watching your score.