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Last Updated on August 7, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 653

Some people still say that Warcross is just a stupid game. Others say it's a revolution. But for me and millions of others, it's the only foolproof way to forget our troubles. . . . tonight, I can join in with everyone else, put on my glasses, and watch magic happen.

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This quote highlights the centrality of Warcross in the fictional world Lu has created. Similar to the world of Harry Potter and the role quidditch plays, Warcross is the setting where characters are developed and the plot unfolds. Though it is a virtual world, it is real in the sense that it has real-life consequences. With money on the line and lives intricately entangled in the game, it is as real as it gets. In addition to the world of Warcross there is the Dark World, which runs parallel. It is at first assumed by the protagonist that the Dark World is where illegal gaming takes place. However, we come to learn that it is the world of Warcross that is corrupt.

Warcross was pretty simple: two teams battled each other, one trying to take the other team's Artifact (a shiny gem) without losing their own. What made it spectacular were the virtual worlds the battles were set in, each one so realistic that putting on your glasses was like dropping you right into that place.

This quote explains the mechanics of the game. Much like a game of capture the flag, players are assigned teams. The players then compete to both protect their artifact and steal from other teams. Players dwindle down as the teams compete. Star players are chosen to compete in tournaments which are international. The game holds such a presence that when the main character performs well in a tournament she is instantly known around the globe. The glasses mentioned are also central to the story. Hideo Tanaka is the creator of the game and at first a love interest. He is charming, quiet, and unsuspecting. He ships the glasses needed to play the game around the globe at no cost to the players. It is eventually learned that the glasses control players’ brains even after the game has ended. This plot twist makes Hideo the ultimate antagonist of the story.

Maybe I was wrong, and maybe someday I'll look back and regret lashing out like that. I'm still not entirely sure why I threw myself into the fire over this specific incident. But sometimes, people kick you to the ground at recess because they think the shape of...

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