Ever heard of Sword Art Online? It’s a highly acclaimed Japanese light novel, and turned anime series back in 2012, which shows us a possible future unfolding right before our very eyes. The only problem? Sword Art Online – a massively multiplayer role-playing game in virtual reality mode – has been turned into a death game by its creator himself, where players only get to survive in real life if (1) they stay alive in the game and (2) they basically clear up the game. After two years of being stuck in-game, 16-year-old Kirito and 17-year-old Asuna has decided to join forces like they did before they apparently became mortal enemies to clear the game once and for all.
Well-received by fans around the world, the series was then adapted for a second season that takes place a few months after the SAO incident and focuses on its aftermath – this time with a new kind of danger that specifically lurks around our heroes, Kirito and Asuna, in the real world. And the best part? There’s last year’s box-office hit Sword Art Online The Movie – Ordinal Scale –, which now leads us to this blog post’s theme: running.
You see, running and just about any other kind of physical activity plays a big role in Ordinal Scale – or better yet, in the developing world of Augmented Reality (and yes, like that of Niantic’s Pokémon Go). Without it, Kirito would never have saved Asuna and the other survivors of SAO from imminent death just because of someone’s unreleased grief from the death of his beloved daughter during the previous incident.
With this kind of future being told in the form of light novels and anime series, it’s not surprising anymore if our usual fix of mobile games like that of Supercell’s Clash of Clans soon gets the green light to become a breakthrough in the AR world and probably in every succeeding game mode in the years to come. And just like that, running outside to exercise proves to be the best thing you can ever do if you’re looking to conquer the top spot in Clash of Clans’ legendary clan list – which, of course, comes with some of the best dragons known to every Clashers out there. After all, who doesn’t want to experience for himself what it’s really like to clash with other people’s clans – and yes, like never before?
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