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    The Gamer is a weekly Korean webcomic (a long-format webtoon, specifically, similar to Tower of God) with an English translation available here. It follows the adventures of an ordinary high school student who somehow acquires the ability to interact with life as if it were a console RPG -- that is, he can see people's level and classes; he can see his own stats and improve them by leveling up or by grinding them, and can gain new powers and abilities from his actions. There are other people with strange powers in the setting, but they don't see or interact with the world as an RPG like he does -- that's his special power. This means that, say, other people take normal real-world injuries from attacks, while he loses HP and doesn't suffer any problems unless they run out.

    So far the comic has mostly focused on revealing the setting and on the main character becoming increasingly powerful by exploring what he can do.

    It seemed like something that might be of interest to people on this forum! So I thought I'd create a thread for it.

    The first page is available here.
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    didn't expect to see a thread for this and i can't wait for him to discover cheat codes
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    I like Korean webtoons. I made a thread with a bunch of them awhile back.

    This story is good so far. The player is more game like then stories that actually take place on VR worlds. I appreciate that. Something like Sword Arts Online doesn't really give you a good enough feel for the game like aspects.

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    Hm, this is both an interesting read and very clichee writing at the same time. Weird stuff.

    (Also... is it normal in korea to get beaten by your teachers or is that just done for "humor"? )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domochevsky View Post
    (Also... is it normal in korea to get beaten by your teachers or is that just done for "humor"? )
    Considering that kind of "humor" is in just about every school-themed korean webcomic ever, it's a safe bet to say they actually do it. Internet research agrees with this.
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    So far I like the story, it is a bit weird but I find myself enamored with the concept that it presents.

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    Good read so far, even if the story is a wee bit predictable. I like the general idea though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamste View Post
    So far I like the story, it is a bit weird but I find myself enamored with the concept that it presents.
    I very much feel this same way. I wish I could see my stats like this.

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    After DICE went a bit too far away from what it originally seemed to be, The Gamer is basically the closest thing I'd envision for an organic virtual space MMORPG with non-pretermined skill system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck_II View Post
    I very much feel this same way. I wish I could see my stats like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gez View Post
    See stats? Why stop there? The real fun is in hacking.
    If you are found, you realize you get banned from Real Life?

    edit: I just reached the point where the protagonist (I should learn his name) learns that he's the only one, even among the surnatural community, to see this entire system like a video game.

    For some reason, I really like this development. If everyone was seeing it as a video game, it would have felt like.. I dunno, newb POV?
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    I like that they went with the option that he can level individual skills by using them, instead of a pure level system.

    Quote Originally Posted by Partysan View Post
    Considering that kind of "humor" is in just about every school-themed korean webcomic ever, it's a safe bet to say they actually do it. Internet research agrees with this.
    I wish it wasn't that prevalent since it always irks me a bit and I get the urge to rant about violence used to enforce a rule system the other didn't even enter willingly and that somebody being a teenager doesn't mean that you can just do stuff to them that you wouldn't do to an adult and thatů^^
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    So, based on this, I'd say he should blow up his allowance on a complete collection of "For Dummies" books.
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    So, based on this, I'd say he should blow up his allowance on a complete collection of "For Dummies" books.
    I think he can only gain skills from books.

    what sort of skill he could get out of For dummies books?

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    I think he can only gain skills from books.

    what sort of skill he could get out of For dummies books?
    Carpentry, computer programming and stock market knowledge?

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    I really, really, really, really like this comic.


    I mean, like, really like it.

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    i wonder what would happen if he dies. will he respawn or just stay dead
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    I find the explanations he presents to be a blessing. Great for those who might not know of the more obscure gaming rules.
    Many comics just throw magic and other ideas around without going in-depth, or if they do, are ignored 3 or so chapters later.

    Also, slamming people in the face with a bat was never as satisfying.
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    I am a fan of the comic. He should try training a pet. Because losing to some natural ability user with a broken ass ability isn't embarrassing. Losing to a cute kitten? That's embarrassing.
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    So the plot thickens...

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    Huh, so this had a thread.

    The one gripe I have with the webtoon so far is that the show:tell balance is all out of whack. I would rather have many subtle connections to a larger story than a few obvious ones, which is one of the reasons I love Kubera so much, for example. I hope the author develops a more nuanced connection between the experiences of the main character and the plot. It's early days yet.
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    I like that the author seems to actually know games. Many people tend to get a bunch of active skills that they can't use due to action economy. Passive are smaller bonuses but are generally pretty nice to invest in (still need a few different types of attacks though or they will run into the trouble if something is immune or resistant to at least one).

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    What he really needs to do is open the console and start tossing out some commands.
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    Malaware Bytes let me read the first chapter but balked at the second. Interesting. I'll have to try again on a different machine.

    Edit: Can access from home machine. I like this story.
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    I'm waiting for him to try and open Help. "Welcome to RealWorldpedia. Click here to read about Purpose of Life, Click here to..."

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    I'm waiting for him to try and open Help. "Welcome to RealWorldpedia. Click here to read about Purpose of Life, Click here to..."
    I would laugh my behind off if that happens
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    Y'know, for someone so obssessed with videogames that it apparently shaped him uncounciously and who litteraly has the ability to live life like one, I find this protagonist suprisingly level headed about the whole thing.
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    That's explicitly one of his superpowers. He has a "Gamer Mind" status effect that lets him be levelheaded about everything iirc.
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    Y'know, for someone so obssessed with videogames that it apparently shaped him uncounciously and who litteraly has the ability to live life like one, I find this protagonist suprisingly level headed about the whole thing.
    Isn't that one of his gamer abilities? Distancing himself from the situation to think rationally under pressure? Maybe that's what's happening.

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    That's explicitly one of his superpowers. He has a "Gamer Mind" status effect that lets him be levelheaded about everything iirc.
    I wish this wasn't one of his abilities, honestly. I would like to see more, well, character out of our main character, and I think giving him this ability inhibits that.
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