¦ Fiction ¦ Tales
from Mega City 1: The Sharp Shooter
I was there at the birth of the war of independence, giving red coats a taste
eye view- his arm, clad in traditional American war of independence garb, just
shot a British soldier- British solider arms up, dropping rifle “Arrgh!”)
I was there during the civil war ready to fight Lincoln’s cause.
eye view- union uniform, with blunderbuss three confederate soldiers hit by the
gun’s shrapnel- "My God!" etc.)
I was in the trenches of the firsts world war, teaching the Hun a lesson they
eye view, firing a machine gun and mowing down a load of Germans climbing over
the top of the trench.)
I was there in 2069, to assassinate President Booth and stop the Atomic wars.
(View of the
White House talker’s gun by his side)
must go back and try again, I must…
eyes scrunched up- determined.)
CAPTION: How else will I be able to face my colleges, my friends knowing
that I failed
(View of shooter’s
face. - 25-30 spiky hair. Eyes closed slightly, looking down.)
My title as the greatest gamer in Sonny’s VR station will be gone.
Sonny’s VR station - looks really seedy, by lots of other seedy run down
joints, - bottom level of Lara Croft block.)
I know I'm the one with the most accurate aim here- unless the judges hear of
it and close it down.
ugly and seedy behind the counter shooter on over side. Poster behind him: "Close
your eyes when VR helmet is turned on, ya don’t wanna be blind do ya?"
) Why, if it isn't the VR champion!
Can I have another go at Assassination Booth?
Nah, I got this new game, way better. It's set in the present an' ya gotta obey
the commands what comes from the helmet.
Sonny and Shooter's face)
I dunno. I really wanna complete Assassination Booth.
Seeing as youse the champeen gamer an’ all, you can have a go at the new
game fer free.
Sonny puts the
VR helmet on Shooter's head, Shooter has a gun in hand. Sonny points to a door.
close ya eyes while I turn the helmet on an' enter that VR booth over there.
I never knew that was a booth.
Yeah. Well it's, new. I got a load a’ new equipment. Don’t forget
eyes are closed
Youse can open ya eyes now. The helmet's on.
Are you sure? I didn't feel nothin’.
Didn't I tell youse I got all new equipment?
view of a low-level street in Mega City 1 at night crowded with scum.
(thinking): By Grud! Whoever made this did their research.
eye view - walking amongst the crowd
Your mission is to eliminate members of the Black Shark gang. They can be identified
by a tattoo on their right arm.
one in the crowd He shoots him and the Black Shark member falls back
Oh Grud! Arrgh! Help!
body with one hand, gun in other to make sure people stay away.
(thinking): First rule of VR games: always check the body for clues.
He finds a beer
coaster: Renno's Inn. Strictly no under 21s. Strictly no mutants.
coaster. All in shadow.
Grud's Sake! It's even got the address on the back. Sonny's gone an' given me
a game for juves.
up in the shadow
Go to Renno's inn.
Ahh, my year old niece could play this game!
Over the next few
panels, he shoots more Black Sharks - very casually. Renno's bar is clean of Black
Sharks. The clientele look shocked.
Just to let you know that I am bored, very bored – I'm supposed to shoot
some Black Sharks, but I might as well kill all of you and drokk to lost points.
into gut of a fat man- can't see rest of Shooter
Did you just hear that? Pathetic!
- Phut! Phut! lots of people dead or dying
This is fun, oh yeah!
No! No! No!
Two judges -
one could be female - burst in.
Yeah, more targets!
Not so fast mister.
Judge 1 holds
Shooter's arm arm to stop him shooting. Judge 2 is on the other side reaching
up for the helmet.
Hey why aren’t you shooting at me?
Judge 2 puts
the VR helmet in front of shooter's face.
You mean all of this was real?
Green, looking ill.
(Voice-over) Yes, it's all real. At least you know why VR is illegal now, Ehh?
(Voice-over) Don’t worry. You'll have plenty of time to think it over in
your very own Iso cube!
Later at Sonny's
VR Station. Sonny is forced onto the floor by a judge.
And here's a tip for you, Sonny. Next time you want to bump off your loan sharks
cause you can't pay them back, it's best not to use such a obvious calling card.
Shot of VR helmet
- looks like, and probably is a modified Judge helmet - wires along the back and
other crude alterations . Text is written on back: "Property of Sonny’s
VR station. Lara Croft block. Northern Sector. Mega City 1"