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Old 2012-07-06, 01:09   Link #1
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Sword Art Online - Q & A

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Old 2012-07-06, 18:08   Link #2
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Just looked at some 4chan posts and want to know...

1. Is the concept of SAO is exactly like Hardcore Diablo 2 or 3?
2. Does PK really exist?
3. Does the concept of 'stats' exist? (ATK for damage, INT for magic damage, VIT for defense, DEX for accuracy and so on)
4. Does trade scam exist in SAO?
5. Is Kirito already an expert in SAO?
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Old 2012-07-06, 18:27   Link #3
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As the anime has yet to air, most of my answers will contain spoilers.

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1. Is the concept of SAO is exactly like Hardcore Diablo 2 or 3?
I haven't played any of the Diablo games, so I'm afraid I can't answer this question unless you were to tell me what the concept behind Hardcore Diablo 2 and 3 was.

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2. Does PK really exist?
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3. Does the concept of 'stats' exist? (ATK for damage, INT for magic damage, VIT for defense, DEX for accuracy and so on)
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4. Does trade scam exist in SAO?
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5. Is Kirito already an expert in SAO?
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Old 2012-07-06, 18:40   Link #4
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3. Yes stats exist, in the novels it said when you leveled you had a choice from skill slots or stats like dex, str, vit, and magic does not exist in SAO, for the most part

4. I don't believe that there is any trade scamming

5. Yeah as said above, he was a beta tester so he was already familiar with the game at the start of the story
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Old 2012-07-06, 18:54   Link #5
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Just looked at some 4chan posts and want to know...

1. Is the concept of SAO is exactly like Hardcore Diablo 2 or 3
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2. Does PK really exist?
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3. Does the concept of 'stats' exist? (ATK for damage, INT for magic damage, VIT for defense, DEX for accuracy and so on)
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4. Does trade scam exist in SAO?
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5. Is Kirito already an expert in SAO?
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Old 2012-07-06, 21:55   Link #6
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Just started reading the novel, what's with all the hate towards the 'beaters'?
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Old 2012-07-06, 22:03   Link #7
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From the wiki;

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«Beater» is a portmanteau of the words «Beta Tester» and «Cheater». Beta Testers have a bad reputation among the players of «SAO», since most of them had gone solo and did not bother to help the new players after the start of the death game was announced.

The term was first created after Kirito defined the difference between «Newbies» and MMO players that got selected as beta testers. He chose to create this swear as a way of pushing the discrimination of SAO to the minimum. He ended up being the first person to be called «Beater».
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Old 2012-07-06, 22:22   Link #8
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At that time, most of the beta players were also being blamed by other players for not being aware of the true nature of SAO (That it's a death game and you die IRL if you die ingame). Kirito did some calculations and figured that comparatively speaking, the casualty rate for beta testers was actually higher than that of new players (even if the actual figure in dead bodies was lower).

By the time Volume 1 kicks around, the hate seems to have gone down somewhat, but at that point Kirito's only interactions with others are with Asuna, Cline, Scilica, Lizbeth and Agil, who're all friends; and the other clearers, who at this point don't really give a shit and just want to get the game over and done with.
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Old 2012-07-06, 22:41   Link #9
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Thanks, i just thought it seemed really unreasonable that they were being hated on for something they couldn't help.
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Old 2012-07-06, 23:00   Link #10
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It's the real world. People can find any reason to hate. The beta players did bring some of it on themselves, but a lot of the hate is also completely unjustified.
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Old 2012-07-06, 23:04   Link #11
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Is there any interaction between the characters in real life and not in SAO or any other MMO?
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Old 2012-07-06, 23:11   Link #12
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Is there any interaction between the characters in real life and not in SAO or any other MMO?
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Old 2012-07-07, 10:55   Link #13
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Forgot to ask the following:

Does SAO accept the concept of: Kill a boss -> New Game -> rinse and repeat?
Does HP (hit point) bar exist in SAO?
Does SAO display how much damage a user took?
Does lag/bugs/dupes exist in SAO?
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Forgot to ask the following:

Does SAO accept the concept of: Kill a boss -> New Game -> rinse and repeat?
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Does HP (hit point) bar exist in SAO?
Yes. It curves around the player as was shown in the PV.

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Does SAO display how much damage a user took?
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Does lag/bugs/dupes exist in SAO?
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Old 2012-07-07, 13:06   Link #15
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Old 2012-07-07, 13:49   Link #16
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I was wondering how the players are being taken care of in real life. Someone told me that they were put in hospitals but I was wondering how they could be moved without the game being turned off. I know they said the helmet has an internal battery but wouldn't it still need to be hooked up to some kind of console for the game to work? I know there was some kind of cable being plugged in during the opening scene.
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Old 2012-07-07, 13:53   Link #17
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I was wondering how the players are being taken care of in real life. Someone told me that they were put in hospitals but I was wondering how they could be moved without the game being turned off. I know they said the helmet has an internal battery but wouldn't it still need to be hooked up to some kind of console for the game to work? I know there was some kind of cable being plugged in during the opening scene.
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Old 2012-07-07, 14:00   Link #18
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Also, the NervGear's internal storage has a shit ton of storage space - the novels imply that VRMMO games are installed onto the NervGear's storage, rather than running from the PC's hard disk.
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Old 2012-07-07, 14:10   Link #19
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Yeah, but you still need to internet connection, and it seems that NerveGear isn't wireless.
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Old 2012-07-07, 14:18   Link #20
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This is gonna be a big spoiler. Let the reader beware.

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Or Kirito's house already has wired ethernet ports - in my old house we actually wired up a few places with ethernet cables, before switching to wi-fi in our current place.
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