So, simulation theory, the idea that this reality isn’t, well, real; this is nothing but a computer simulation like the Sim’s being run by higher beings on a computer. I think about it probably a few times a month and i find that though rather depressing if true. i don’t really believe this to be the case but that’s the thing about reality, you can never be sure what it truly is. how do you know what your really looking at, what your really doing? I’ve wondered about that since i was probably 13. I’m now 40 and nothings changed. when i was young i used to wonder if i could be in a coma, how would i know? Could i just be a brain in a vat, how would i know?
So when i heard about simulation theory when i was older it kind of made sense to me, but still, i choose not to believe this be the case. But if it is so then i think about N.P.C’s, non player characters, the passage of time and what i would be; definitely a N.P.C, but could that change at a moment when chosen so by the player?
I’m going to give a few examples and reasons why.
The following link, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/11/us/seatac-stolen-plane-richard-b-russell.html, will take you to a story about a common daily guy. He worked at the airport loading baggage, never flew before or took lessons. One day he just up and steals a turbo prop twin engine commercial passenger plane, flies around does loops, dives, even a roll. He tells air traffic control, “i’m sorry, hope im not ruining your day,” he continues, “this is a blast. I’ve played video games before so i kinda know what im doing”. Eventually he crashes purposely into the ground.
He should not have been able to do this, to fly like that; they wonder how he even knew how to start and take off from the runway. Was this guy just an N.P.C who got picked up by a player who for fun did the equivalent on purposely drive off a cliff as we would in our games?
As for me, why would you make an N.P.C who’s conscience of the fact that he could be an N.P.C? That’d be pretty fucking cruel.
As for time, if simulation, how much time has really passed? in games we can make days pass in minutes but to the N.P.C’s in our games it’s days that have passed, not the minutes to us. Could the entire history of humanity be simulated in a few months or years but would seem as hundreds or thousands to use? Why not.
I know im leaving this a bit underdeveloped but hey, its just a brief thought from a common N.P.C.