Sword Art Online Chapter 16.5 — Two years worth of EXP flowed into Asuna *GLOP GLOP*

So yeah, yes­ter­day’s post about Sword Art Online had me jok­ing about the fact that Asuna was insin­u­at­ing that they could have sex in SAO when she start­ed strip­ping in front of Kir­i­to. Because my com­mon sense told me that it was obvi­ous­ly impos­si­ble to do so unless they want­ed to teabag the whole night. Hours lat­er, I found about that the author of the nov­els had a bonus chap­ter on his web­site…

*drum rolls*

Where Kirito and Asuna have sex in a CERO B video game.

Uh...huh

…Wait, what?

So, lemme get this straight. An MMO devel­oped by a major gam­ing com­pa­ny imple­ment­ed a fea­ture in which two play­ers are able to engage in sim­u­lat­ed inter­course. A game that was hyped up to an unbe­liev­able lev­el of noto­ri­ety before its release and appar­ent­ly had a CERO rat­ing low enough that minors are allowed to own the game or have it bought by their par­ents. A game that feels so real, it might as well replace real life.

Welp. 2022. Birth rates in Japan decrease even more. No won­der this whole brain-fry­ing predica­ment hap­pened in the first place. Accord­ing to Reki Kawa­hara, ten years from now Japan’s video game safe­ty checks and cen­sor­ship becomes so lenient that they become lazy at the same time. Now, my ques­tion is, do they still blur out the gen­i­talia in SAO? lololol

GLOP GLOP GLOP all over sil­i­ca

(^ Exclu­sive ecsta­sy update for Phan­ta­sy Star Online 2? WILL IT BE ABLE TO HANDLE SUCH REVOLUTIONARY AND REALISTIC SOUND EFFECTS? HM, THE POSSIBILITIES.)

Looks like I’m going to have to ignore the BS extras that the author put into the web nov­els if I’m going to take this series at least some­what seri­ous­ly. 😛

8 thoughts on “Sword Art Online Chapter 16.5 — Two years worth of EXP flowed into Asuna *GLOP GLOP*

  1. Acc­tu­al­ly the expla­na­tion was that dur­ing the bet­ta test, male play­ers who expe­ri­enced the full dive for the first time com­plained that it was dis­turb­ing to be miss­ing body parts in such a real­is­tic world and the com­pa­ny there­fore decid­ed to make the play­er avatars anatom­i­cal­ly cor­rect.

  2. @M1k3y: That’s even more ridicu­lous that they tried to hand-wave it with an expla­na­tion like that.

    I want a func­tion­ing penis in this game. Thanks Bliz­zard!”

    Don’t wor­ry play­ers, we’re here to serve you. Oh yeah, it’s still open for kids and teenagers.”

    The prospect of it is just too sil­ly. I just can’t take it seri­ous­ly, sor­ry. There’s sus­pen­sion of dis­be­lief, and then there’s a real­ly bad excuse to write (bad) erot­ic con­tent in an MMO sto­ry.

  3. M1k3y’s expla­na­tion is mis­lead­ing. It’s not that the beta testers just com­plained, it’s that there was a notable change in their men­tal health after being in a dive for more than 48 hours. Why they would be test­ing for 48+ hour gam­ing ses­sions is beyond me.

    That aside, I felt the chap­ter was just incred­i­bly awk­ward for var­i­ous rea­sons. For one, at least in the trans­la­tion I was read­ing, Kir­i­to is explain­ing the whole expe­ri­ence, and as he’s explain­ing it, he dives down these ‘scene-jus­ti­fi­ca­tion’ tan­gents and returns to the mat­ter at hand with an apol­o­gy for digress­ing. As well, it hap­pens to be both char­ac­ter’s first times at going at it (and Asuna admits to ‘play­ing sin­gle play­er’ in SAO, which is how she knows the option works), but Kir­i­to is the bold­est vir­gin I’ve ever heard of.

    Prob­a­bly the most dis­turb­ing part of the whole scene is the fact that the author NEVER lets the read­er for­get that it’s tak­ing place in a game. With the low amount of story/world devel­op­ment in the chap­ter cou­pled with the fact that it’s writ­ten in such an awk­ward (and dis­turb­ing) way, I fail to see what Kawa­hara was try­ing to accom­plish with it.

    I’m glad I read it though. I find myself crav­ing to know more about the full dive tech­nol­o­gy and the sto­ries sur­round­ing it, which is why I’m thor­ough­ly enjoy­ing the first part of vol­ume 5. It seems that the more point­less the info is, the more inter­est­ed I am. This is a feel­ing I nev­er had until I start­ed read­ing the nov­els before watch­ing the ani­me.

  4. @Mikoto and @E0000B6FAF25838, I can under­stand your feel­ings of awk­ward­ness about the scene, but I feel you two are look­ing at it the wrong way.

    First, I under­stand that you feel that it’s weird to have the fea­ture in the game, espe­cial­ly because of minors play­ing the game. If the game were real, and the fea­ture were real, then there would def­i­nite­ly be parental con­trols to pre­vent younger play­ers from using this fea­ture. That’s why there was the ethics code in the first place.

    It’s weird to think about sim­u­lat­ed sex, but why not inte­grate it? Peo­ple are always look­ing for new ways to expe­ri­ence each oth­er. There’s noth­ing wrong with explo­ration, and at least in a VR world, you don’t have teens get­ting knocked up. It may be uneth­i­cal, because we’re not used to the idea, but there are plen­ty of 16/17 year old teens going at as we speak. It’s kind of human nature to want that kind of rela­tion­ship. So the game offers a safer means to have ‘fun.’

    If you’re look­ing at the this added chap­ter from our point of view (not from the per­spec­tive of the play­ers or that real­i­ty), then I feel the author added this sec­tion to devel­op the rela­tion­ship between Asuna and Kir­i­to fur­ther. The two char­ac­ters had gone through a lot togeth­er, and the author want­ed to show how much the two trust­ed each oth­er. That’s the point of sex right? Unless you’re a pig and just like to get off, you care about your part­ner. I feel sex should be an expres­sion of deeply linked feel­ings between two peo­ple. That’s how I inter­pret the scene between Kir­i­to and Asuna, and why I feel it was added into the sto­ry.

    On the oth­er hand, look­ing at it from with­in the ‘real­i­ty’ itself, I could under­stand why the fea­ture was added. The fea­ture would allow for a larg­er demo­graph­ic to be reached which means high­er prof­it mar­gins. It allows for users to bond in ways they could not nor­mal­ly do in oth­er games which would offer a unique game­play option.

    I know it seems triv­ial, and you could ask your­self, “why do you need to have sex to enjoy a game?” I sup­pose you don’t, but that’s besides the point in this case. The fea­ture was added to sep­a­rate this game from the rest of them. They cre­at­ed a world that is almost insep­a­ra­ble from the orig­i­nal world in ‘every’ way. Com­mer­cial­ly speak­ing, I’d say the fea­ture would have a lot more sup­port to include it than not to include it.

    You could hon­est­ly look at it as online dat­ing. What’s wrong with that? Maybe I’m a lit­tle to lib­er­al, who knows? I hope you don’t take offense to my rant. 🙂 I just feel there is noth­ing wrong with the fea­ture or the author’s want to add the con­tent to the sto­ry.

    1. @Crimson http://i.imgur.com/92ZJnki.jpg
      😀 mfw an over­weight dude want­i­ng some sweet young pussy plays as a hand­some young avatar, and the cute teen girl he’s been bang­ing turns out to be a 50-year old preda­tor.
      I’m no prude, but the whole sex sys­tem thing sounds like it would go down­hill real­ly quick­ly. Does­n’t sound safe at all. The future should real­ly just stick to sin­gle-play­er VR Illu­sion games if peo­ple real­ly need to get their rocks off. Want a rela­tion­ship? Become a ria­juu and get one in real life. Con­doms and pills exist for cou­ples that aren’t ready for lit­tle sur­pris­es (though see­ing the birth rates of Japan, lit­tle sur­pris­es would be wel­come), includ­ing ado­les­cents (such as myself, huz­zah 😛 ) whose brains won’t be ful­ly devel­oped until they’re 25 and should be learn­ing from real life expe­ri­ences any­way. Also, online dat­ing reeks.
      I’m not much of a fan of Sword Art Online nor its writ­ing, but feel free to like it as you so choose. After sit­ting through more than enough of it and oth­ers (Accel World, Log Hori­zon, etc.) I can safe­ly say that I don’t real­ly like MMO ani­me. Per­haps the rea­son why I actu­al­ly like the .hack series is because their por­tray­al of MMO escapism is ground­ed in real­i­ty and the dialogue/plot/characters were three-dimen­sion­al and had focus — at no point did I ever feel like I was watch­ing it “because it’s about a total­ly boss VRMMO video game” like the rea­son for some peo­ple enjoy­ing the oth­er afore­men­tioned series.

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