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Other Worlds Than These: Stark and Arcadia


From The Longest Journey and Dreamfall

Let me tell you of two worlds that exist in harmony.
Stark, the world of logic and science; you could call this our future, and
Arcadia, the world of mystery and magic; a place where anything can happen.
But these two worlds are not all that different, as they both come from a common past. Before the world was split in two they were the same world, but the world had to be split to protect the balance.

You are about to take your first step on the longest journey of your life.

First of all: Stark. This world is very similar to our own, except it is placed in the future, yes Hover cars and laser guns are a common sight to the rich, but the not so rich? Well, they get by. It is Logic and Science taken to the extreme. If it is scientifically possible, it will be in this world somewhere.

But this is what makes this world unique. There is not just one location to judge the world by, the world has many locations, each so very different. It is a whole world, with different countries and different customs. It has its own views on history, with its past all but forgotten.

Now we come to: Arcadia. Some lucky people can shift between Stark and Arcadia, the rest areÖ well stuck in one of them. But I wouldnít mind being stuck in Arcadia and Iíll tell you why; it is an amazing sight to behold. Once again, this isnít merely a randomly strung together list of locations, but a whole world. In your travels, you often hear about goings on in other parts of this world. There is no plain logic or complex science here, that belongs to Stark; instead there is a world of mystery and magic. Something weird happened? Magic. Something awesome and impossible in front of you? Magic. Talking birds and crazy alchemists? Magic.

Arcadia has something that Stark doesnít. Magic beings, different sentient species and aliens. Yes you heard me, aliens in a magic setting. You see, when the world was split in two, the aliens who were visiting got caught up in it and were sent to Arcadia, and without science to make their spaceship work, they were stuck, but they evolved into something unique in itself.

So what makes these worlds to immersive? Could it be how, Stark digs our roots into a nice sci-fi future setting, but then shows a way into a world just as amazing, but with completely different fundamentals? Iím pretty sure thatís a small part of it. Although completely different, you can see them as two sides of the same coin. The characters that inhabit these worlds also come I many shapes and sizes, from wild and wacky to calm and relaxed, they help make the worlds what they are. The characters who explore these world, you see what they see, and it's amazing. If you find yourself wanting to visit another world, than it has done its job. If you can see this other world existing then it has immersed you successfully.

So, we have these two worlds existing, without the other oneís knowledge. But the balance helps keep them that way, dreams can often take you into Arcadia and small bits of science can trickle through to as well (Say a calculator?). Of course, it works both ways, bits of magic seep through into Stark as well.

Of course, Prophecy states that the two worlds will be reunited once again. What will happen when that happens? What will the new world be like? No-one knows, but I know one thing. I will enjoy Stark and Arcadia until that day comes. The amazing world(s) of Science and Magic are definitely a sight to see.
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About Freefallone of us since 4:54 AM on 10.10.2008


I'm Freefall, a 20 year old gamer from the UK.
Currently at University and balancing my time.
I'm an avid Video Gamer, I'm into every kind of game there is, games are a part of my life.
Destuctoid is the Best and Most Random Community there is, that's why I'm here.

It's a beautiful day, the sun is shining, and I'm out on a journey to save the world... Man, I love video games.

I might just drop in a few Opinions here and there, So
Don't mind me.

May your life be like toilet paper... Long, and useful

Some of my stuff:

Why we don't get any good Star Wars Sequels

Top 10 Things in Games which make me feel good

My Gaming Confessions

You've seen me before?

Who Am I?
I once went to the cinema and watched a 3D movie. As I was walking out, a guy with his 3D glasses still on yelled, "Woah, everything is 3D!" I was one of the 10 people that put their glasses back on to check.

I was looking at my to-do list on my laptop. Near the bottom of the list, already crossed out, was written "time travel" I have no recollection of writing that.

Once, there were only two brownies left. I decided I should eat them both so that they wouldn't be lonely. I am completely satisfied with my decision.

That's who I am.

Most Games Completed In a Year= 2009:

Tomb Raider Legend
Gears of war 2
Professor Layton
Knights of the Old Republic

Oddworld: Strangers Wrath
Knights of the Old Republic II
Left 4 Dead
Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force

Prince of Persia
Drawn To Life
World of Goo
Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines
Jet Set Radio Future

Dead Space
Resident Evil 5
Homeworld 2

Star Trek: Elite Force II
Tomb Raider: Underworld
Jade Empire
Plants vs Zombies
Pokemon Platinum
Dead Rising

Perfect Dark Zero
Second Sight
Tomb Raider Anniversary
Secret Files: Tunguska

Grim Fandango
Rainbow Six Vegas 2
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Freespace 2
The Secret of Monkey Island: SE
Half-Life 2
Ninja Gaiden 2

No One Lives Forever
Earth Defense Force 2017
Splosion Man
Half-Life 2: Episode 1
Gears of War
Fable II

No One Lives Forever 2
Beyond Good & Evil
Star Trek: Shattered Universe
Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis
Castle Crashers
Left 4 Dead
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey

Pokemon Yellow
Timesplitters 2
Max Payne 2
Mirror's Edge
Timesplitters: Future Perfect
Star Wars: Republic Commando

Brute Force
Halo 3
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Starcraft: Brood War
Valkyria Chronicles

System Shock 2
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Shadow of Destiny
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Burnout Paradise
Assassin's Creed 2
Amped 3
Batman: Arkham Asylum

"Skills for kills agent, skills for kills"

"Try to get your combat multiplier even higher!"


No One Lives Forever 2
The Longest Journey
Grim Fandango
Valkyria Chronicles
Halo. Yes you heard me.

You are now converted to my cause.
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