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Toil, Hamar, Trouble

I am Called

Hark! I am call’d; my little spirit, see,
Sits in a foggy cloud, and stays for me.
—Macbeth III.v

I don’t suppose there is a hacker alive who hasn’t spent time in the gaming world. Probably a lot of time. Gaming keeps them sharp, and they develop long-term attachments and respect for each other.

Back in the good old days, online gaming was limited to Bulletin Board Systems where the gamer entered his character and attributes, then chose what to do in the world that evolved. It was nearly all text based. But just reading those lines—turn right, take two steps, strike, run—were enough to put real images in the player’s mind. That’s where I learned to visualize the Internet….

Read about Dag’s on-line game and his pursuit in the real world in Chapter 16 of For Toil and Trouble.

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