It was something revolutionary in the gaming industry. You were supposed to put a few drops of nano-quantum solution in your eyes and the particle modulator would turn you into the very virtual world you choose to play. You would become all and everything at the same time: hunter and prey, feeling at the fullest, simultaneously, the sensations of both and the geometry of the created universe. Imagination would take control of the real self, independent of you, and would reconfigure you digitally. God mode entirely. However, why would they choose the name of "Playstation 9"for an Xbox 3000 game?

(Translated by Mădălina Mangalagiu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by Professor Nadina Vişan)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In January 2021, the group has 3.000 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

*Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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