“Hey Jesse, guess what?”
“They got that new awesome video game Virtual Prison at the mall”
“Serious! I am going there right now and I’ll have that game beaten in no time, you’ll see.” Jesse knew he could beat the game; he had been waiting for weeks for it to get to town. Furthermore, Jesse sometimes felt that he lived at the outer of the universe.
The game was all the talk of the chat rooms on the internet, which he frequented. Jesse was the king of the video games at the Game Palace store at the mall and if anyone could beat this game, it would be him.
Within minutes, he was racing down the driveway on his bike. His brother
Andrew watched through the living-room window as Jesse raced down the street. Andrew wanted to get to the mall first, but couldn‘t. He had to stay home until he was finished cleaning the basement. There was no way he could get out of it.
The mall was not far from where the boys lived so it didn’t take Jesse long to get there and park his bike. He found himself standing in front of a locked store, it wasn’t opened yet. He watched through the glass as the manager counted his cash and got ready to open. The manager switched on the lights and came to the front as he recognized Jesse standing there.
The manager knew Jesse well, and he knew why Jesse was there this early. As the door were unlocked the manager escorted Jesse to the Eagles Nest.
The game was larger than anything Jesse had ever seen. He was shown into a boxlike structure. The room’s dimensions were twelve feet by eight feet. There was a curved screen that covered his total peripheral vision. He in the leather chair; he could feel his excitement building.
“All the action will be in front of you on this special screen Jesse. There are lasers in the ceiling and the surrounding walls to give you a 3-dimensional effect. Ready?” He nodded yes. Jesse had to place a helmet type gear that not only covered his head but also his eyes with specials lenses that distorted his vision but would help him with the special screen. Jesse also had to wear a vest that had circuitry that would light up if he should take a hit or be killed by a virtual bullet.
“Okay, Jesse, the game will last till you either die or you are captured,
understood?” Jesse nodded yes, as the owner gave him a smile. He was passed a virtual rifle that came with the game so that he could kill the Nazis that were out to get him in the game.
“Good luck Jesse, let us see how long you last.” said the owner as he closed the door.
It was totally dark in the room. Jesse wasn’t able to see his hand in front of his face suddenly the screen lit up. He suddenly heard, “Achtung, Achtung Halt, Halt!” Then he heard a gunshot and grabbed his right shoulder, pain shot through it. He looked at his vest; he saw the circuits flashing where the circuit had shocked him, imitating a gunshot wound.
Suddenly, he realized that the whole room had taken the impression of a
mountainous terrain with the infamous Eagle’s Nest in the background. Jesse knew that it was located in the Bavarian Alps near Berchtesgaden and that Hitler had never seen it, due to Hitler’s fear of heights.
There wasn’t anything Jesse didn’t know about the history of Hitler and his Nazi hordes. He enjoyed playing games that gave him the chance to destroy them. He slowly lifted his head as he saw some soldiers moving toward to his position. Jesse took a couple of quick shots. He saw the soldiers collapse in a heap grasping their chests. He heard some other soldiers screaming to their comrades “Das Schwein,” and charged.
Jesse spent the next hour exchanging gunfire with the advancing soldiers. Killing them at every turn. As the body count mounted, Jesse reached new levels in the game. His virtual rifles changed to encompass the ability of first a machine gun, then a bazooka. He knew that it would soon become a grenades launcher. Jesse first didn’t notice, but his view of the Eagle’s Nest was becoming closer as the game gave the impression that he was slowly advancing on the castle.
The Nazis kept coming. There didn’t seem to be any end to them. All Jesse could do was to keep killing them. He was determined to get to the Eagle’s Nest and win the game; he had a reputation to uphold.
Jesse reached the gates to the compound that encircled the Eagle’s Nest. Using the scope on his virtual rifle that now had a silencer on it, he was able to spot two soldiers that were guarding the entrance to Eagle‘s Nest. There didn’t seem to be any other soldiers around. Jesse became suspicious about the tranquility of the scene. He quickly scanned the area surrounding the compound and couldn’t see anyone except the two
guards. The game slowly moved him closer to the compound till he was no further than
The game slowly moved him closer to the compound till he was no further than thirty yards from the guards. Slowly he took aim and before the guards realized what happened, two silent shots were fired and the guards collapsed into a heap. Jesse quickly looked around and saw neither the guards nor anything else moving.
Suddenly, Jesse found himself standing beside a door that was partially open. The game seemed to understand exactly at what part of the game that Jesse needed to be. Jesse slowly pushed the door of the compound. He entered and saw nothing, but heard the shot. Pain shot through his chest as he collapsed.
Andrew finally finished his chores; his mother checked and nodded her approval as she lectured Andrew again on his habits of procrastination. Andrew had heard this lecture before and he mimicked his mother’s lecture literally word for word in his mind as he nodded his agreement.
When the lecture finished, Andrew rushed out to his bicycle and was racing down to the mall as fast as legs could pedal to see if his brother Jesse had succeeded beating the game. A few minutes later Andrew got to the mall as he saw his brother’s bike still locked up at the main bicycle rack at the mall’s entrance. He was glad because that meant
his brother hadn’t beaten the game yet, so he rushed into the mall and went into the video store. As he walked in, he could see the manager sitting in his office as he looked up, recognized Andrew and waved to him as he pointed towards the box that held the new game the Eagle’s Nest.
He went to the box and he tried to open the door, but it was locked. Therefore, he went and asked the manager if he had seen his brother Jesse because no one answered the door to the game. So the manager with Andrew a few steps behind went to the game and opened the door with his key. They both entered the room to find no one inside, the manager was surprised as he told Andrew that he didn’t know where Jesse was, he never saw him leave.
Andrew at first was worried about his brother and wondered where he had gone. His thoughts quickly changed as he realized that he could play the game. So he told the manager that he was going to try and beat the game before his brother comes back to continue the game. The manager smiled as he remembered the competitive spirit the boys had among them. So once again, he explained how the game worked and watched Andrew putting on the equipment that he needed to play the game and left the room as he closed the door leaving Andrew to play the game.
The lasers came on as the game started. Andrew with his virtual gun used his abilities to kill the onslaught of Nazis. He soon was getting closer to the Eagle’s Nest. He felt that he was must better than his brother Jesse and he was going to beat the game before Jesse got back. As Andrew fought the Virtual Nazis, the sounds of rifle and machine gun shots echoed loudly.
He was unable to hear the screams for help. Hidden deep inside the Eagle’s Nest, in a cell in one of the turrets of the castle was a prisoner looking out through the bars of his cell watching the battle raging below. The prisoner could see Andrew moving closer. The game slowly started to pan the outer walls of the castle as it looked at the cell’s window. Jesse could be seen through the bars looking out, he was now imprisoned in the game.