It's finished!!!!!! Before we start, let me say that PAX has been amazing. I had the honor of reading this chapter to quite a few Destructoid members that were in the story. I wonder if people I don't know, like Anthony and Jim even know about this! But yeah, they were at PAX and I finally got to tell a bunch of the Destructoid staff that I am a big fan of their work. Athough, technically Anthony isn't at Destructoid anymore - I was able to thank him for HAWP. Not much has to be said though, I guess - other than: I love you guys. Thanks for reading my story. Now I'm off to pursue a personal project. I'll still have time for blogging, but my next big project is a video game project. It's about time to get serious about finishing something that you guys can actually play.
Anthony pulled out a pistol he got from Handsome Beast and aimed it at Kraid. Kraid didn�t move. He stood there focusing on Anthony, waiting for the end. Fame Designer crossed his arms and waited. They all heard Alice huddled up in the dirt sobbing. She looked as if she had given up, but turned her head up to Anthony and spoke.
�You can�t kill Fame Designer.� She said weeping. �Bullets won�t hurt him.�
�Woah, hold on.� Fame said. �We don�t really know that for sure.�
Kraid reached for a classy hat slowly while Anthony�s attention was away. He had saved a few hats for the battle, just in case classiness would change something. Kraid had nothing left to lose. He pulled one out, and Anthony noticed.
�Oh hell no.� Anthony said as he pulled the trigger twice sending two bullets into Kraid�s chest.
The hat flew miraculously towards Anthony�s skull. The hat suctioned itself to Anthony, making a hat and mask combo that looked quite awkward. Kraid felt the silence of death envelope him as blood and stomach acids mixed together inside him. The pain was excruciating and he dropped to the ground. His eyes fixed on Anthony. He tried to stay awake long enough to see the effects of what he had done, but he quickly went unconscious. The last thing he was able to see was Anthony ripping away the hat and mask trying to contain his sanity. Perhaps he had done some good.
Anthony experienced a flood of guilt and memories of his life, and became instantly burdened. Kraid�s classy attack made Anthony sweat thinking of all the thousands of people he had murdered to get the power that he had achieved. He knew in his mind that he was merely inside a game waiting to be beaten, but now his heart was full of regret. He thought of the life that he could have had with Ashley. He could have been friends with Beyamor and his sister instead of killing them to meet his ends. The world he lived in was so colorful, and he had taken it all for granted.
�My head!� Anthony screamed. �I�m sorry Ashley! It was my fault! My fault!�
It was time to wake them all up. First, Fame Designer stepped out of his module and was informed of who ended up winning. Fame, in his excitement, woke everyone else up and gave everyone refreshments. Everyone was told to gather for a meeting in the break room. One by one they gathered. They all met, tired and drained from being in those awkward pods that they had to lay in while the game played out.
�This has been the first beta test of our technology and marks the first time we�ve entered friends and family.� Fame Designer said. �We will give you compensation and a complimentary dinner later on tonight for your hard work, and we would like you to fill out a survey. The survey is a bit long, but will bring quality to our products in the future.�
�I have a question.� Hugh said. �How come my powers were short circuited by your powers? I mean isn�t it kind of imbalanced in the gameplay if you have a power based on someone�s memory? Because it seemed like you retained yours.�
�Yes, of course, thank you Hugh.� Fame turned a shade of red. �How embarrassing, but yes, this is a known bug that I totally forgot to fix in this build of the software. Rest assured that it will be fixed for the home version.�
�But,� Hugh mentioned. �You had like three lives worth of information, not two � which would have made more sense.�
�Hmm�� Fame Designer said. �Um� I don�t know. That�s weird. I�ll have to look into that.�
�So who won?� Mr. Andy Dixon asked.
�Well� You aren�t going to believe this.� Fame said. �It was your daughter� Alice.�
The air in the room went out. All of them looked at each other. Andy�s wife entered the room with Miss Alice Dixon in her arms. Everyone had trouble believing what they were being told. A little baby had managed to survive every obstacle she was up against.
�Parts of your characters were randomized. Alice�s age ended up being much older than her true age. But we had code that tried to compensate for her inexperience.� Fame Designer explained. �We knew that there was a chance that your daughter would not take to the intelligence engine that we designed for taking care of different age groups. I mean� originally that code was written to give a boost to children that were around five to ten years old. It equalizes difficulty for everyone, and creates a balanced playing field.�
�So�� Mr. Andy Dixon said. �What does that mean?�
�It means that I believe much more in the human spirit than when I started this project.� Fame Designer said. �Our technology is built to effect �intelligence� not wisdom. Just look into her eyes� She is thinking� She has a will. She has dreams. Her wisdom and her courage came from inside. It means, Andy, that your little girl is very special.�
Andy and his wife looked down at Alice in awe. The rest of the group followed suit. They took pictures of her with a stuffed toy crowbar and dressed with a salmon colored robe. They smiled and played with her before it was time to go. James extended a finger to her and she grabbed at it and shook it. Wolf held her for a moment and bounced her, making her laugh. Elsa stood up when she got a message from Mongoose telling her he was just about to park outside the building.
�Thank you, all of you.� Fame Designer said as they left. �It was a pleasure.�
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