Really, has anyone noticed how often media with bad dialogue overuses "looks like"? Anywho, call me Yuli. It's possible (only very very slightly) that someone may have passively heard of me if they've been to the right (read: wrong) places on the Internet. I only just discovered LitRPG not too long ago. Like, maybe a month? Already, I've decided to throw my hat into the ring as a writer. That sounds incongruent, but here's the damnedest thing— I've been sitting on a LitRPG concept ever since roughly 2008. And it's definitely LitRPG. It's got all the conventions and tropes— hell, I thought I was clever with the whole deal with stats, XP, HP & SP, leveling up, game world rules, etc. But since I was a snot-nosed possibly temporarily-Aspergers (still looking into what happened between ages 13 and 17 there and why it lifted) fourteen-year-old, naturally I never wrote it. And thank christ I didn't, because that meant the concept simmered in the weirder parts of my mind for the better part of a decade. I had read Ready Player One years ago and was intrigued by its concept but I was more enthralled by the story itself. I watched a few episodes of Sword Art Online and I absolutely adored it. 'S concept and setting. The anime itself, I dropped after seven episodes because it was getting so aggressively boring to me. I've tried picking it back up again since people said it got good again, but apparently they were basically trying to convince themselves the turd they were chewing on was actually a candy bar or something. Seriously, screw Kirito. The light novel was better. My first foray into LitRPG proper has to be Awaken Online: Catharsis. Damn, did I love that one. Still do, but also did. The Weirdest Noob is also a good one. I'm currently reading this new one, Pangea Online Book One: Death and Axes. Fairly certain that was only the guy's second novel, and he hit it out of the park! I don't play video games quite as much as I used to, only because I've been writing for other (ahem) "niches" for the past two years or so. In terms of what games I play, it's a really mixed bag. I have a huge soft-spot for pseudo-medieval fantasy, but I'm kinda sick of it now. I've been dying for a cyberpunk/sci-fi GTA/Saints Row clone for years, and the closest we've gotten is Watch_Dogs 2? Publishers and developers, I am literally willing to sell you my left kidney to develop this! (I already gave my right one to CD Projekt Red in thanks for Cyberpunk 2077). Well look, I'm getting off track. Just remember me as the guy who coined the term "slice of tomorrow" and is in love with the aesthetics of Jet Set Radio, The World Ends With You (which my original LitRPG concept was loosely based on), Scott Pilgrim, and Hover: Revolt of Gamers. I have two LitRPGs on the brain right now. One that's actually that original concept, and one that's a bit more to market in terms of aesthetics, which I guess we'll hafta discuss later because good lord this "intro" is pompously long.