The Nethernet

Dear Sir or Madam,
I regret to inform you that the Nethernet, as I have discovered yesterday, is no more.
Sincerely,
Jenny, a former Seer
Sad Seer
Now that the portal to the Nethernet is broken, I shall take up mantle as the Seer of Lore. The following is a recount of my experiences in the world of Internet Below.
Broken
In the beginning there was only Internet Above. By the genius of madmen birthed the fledgeling Internet Below. In those days, it was called PMOG.

Shoppe Keeper
PMOG was a quaint little place, with shoppes for daily needs. At the time, I was a tourist aboard the Wired Express. I relished the familiarity and the foreignness of the sites. Everything appeared exactly the same as Internet Above, except a few crates on the side, gifts left by mysterious Benefactors.
Crates and DP
While my tour was short-lived, PMOG left a warm impression and booked itself as a future resort destination.

Nethernet
Internet Below grew into a mechanical marvel. My next trip there landed me in a world deemed the Nethernet. Rife with citizens busting too and fro, the Nethernet was a festive place.
However, there were hotly contested views on what the Nethernet should be. Factions of Order and Chaos arose. Everyone duked it out. Casualties were too many to be enumerated in the Daily Post.
Daily Post
It was a very lively world. So, I applied for citizenship.
Shoat
I began as a shoat. Everyone began as shoats. I ran around in my top hat, learning of all the factions.
I had acquainted myself with the delicious taste of explosions. It was a taste not to be denied.
BOOM
In my early days, I toyed with grenades and mines. Any unsuspecting traveler would’ve been greeted with a rude awakening. I was quick and ruthless, and probably the target of a few Bedouins or Vigilantes.
St. Nick
As time progressed, I found my true calling as a Seer. I navigated the wild and wonderful world of Internet Above and left portals to Internet Below.
I lived in a world between worlds.
Leaving Portals
My Seer-nature eventually led me to other corners of Internet Above.
I had left a small comic as a gift to Internet Below, to be continued upon my next return.

Alas, Internet Below is gone.
I call upon ye Stewards of Stories.
Fill the compendium with your tales, so that the Nethernet may live once more!

*Edit: Holy smokes I just discovered an article by the Nethernet’s creator. {Link}

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4 comments
  1. I’m curious about this game for sure. Is this going to be a real video game – or is it more of a storytelling game? Where people contribute a portion of a story to form a larger story? I’m intrigued by the concept certainly, but I’m a little confused as to the game mechanics which are going into it based on your story. If you’d like to share some more info that’d be wonderful. The video made it seem like a really cool concept though – I definitely love the idea of mixing social media w/ steampunk. 😀

    • Jenny said:

      Sorry for the confusion. The Nethernet was a real game! It ran as a Firefox plugin. You could be browsing Google and all of a sudden the browser would shake from a mine exploding. It layered on top of the existing Internet. I’m not sure how long it ran for. All I know is, it’s gone now. 😥

      • Oh… that’s neat. I never heard of it, but it sounds like a very interesting game concept. I’m sure a mobile game company could probably format something to work like a social media game that would function similarly. In fact, I think something with visuals and characters would be fantastic and a much needed thing on social interaction sites.

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