Downtown. You feel strangely drawn there, like you’re supposed to be going there. Boarding the train and riding it the scant few stops to the downtown district, you exit the train. Looking around, you have nowhere to go, really. You don’t think that you needed to shop for anything, and there’s little else here besides the stores. Well, there is that arcade, but you’re not sure if you want to go there. You could always just wander and see if anything catches your eye.
Your feet carry you quickly over to the arcade. All the lights, all the sounds, all the people, Yeah, This is either an arcade or a gambling hall. Entering you’re greeted by the sight of a large screen. On that screen is currently displayed a battle. CMP vs. NEET. It’s apparently some sort of game where you have to dodge bullets, and try and beat your opponent off of the other side of the screen. Occasionally this white fairy shows up and sprays bullets everywhere. This NEET character seems to be owning every single challenger that comes along. You see them quickly dominate four or five other players. The game seems strangely familiar to you for some reason, but you can’t quite place it. Someone walks past you, looking defeated. You figure that they were just playing the game that’s displayed on the screen, and you ask them where that particular machine is at. They point over to a small booth. You wander over to the booth, where there’s apparently a small crowd gathered around. As you manage to get closer to the machine, this NEET person appears to be a girl. Long black hair, wearing a baseball cap and some sort of loose fitting garment. She seems to be beating all challengers handily. “Oh COME ON. Can’t ANYONE give me a challenge tonight? You bastards can’t even last five minutes against me!” The girl seems quite infuriated. No further challengers have stepped up and the seat opposite her is empty. Challenge her?
Damn there was this arcade game I've only played once but it was possibly the most fun thing I've ever played. It was some generic robot gundam type fighting game but the controls made it bad ass. You had two joysticks, if you quickly jammed them in an opposite outward direction you would jump, jam them to the same side and you would dash to that side. The panel of the machine had buttons and shit that shot missles and regular weapons, it was single player campaign or two player Vs. That was the best god damned game ever, fuck my 360.
You sit down across from the girl and pop a coin into the machine. She looks around the machine to you and her eyes go wide. “Y-y-YOU?! I haven’t seen you here in forever. Heh. You’ve probably gotten rusty since the last time you played. I know *I’VE* gotten much better. So how about we make this interesting. I win, you never come back to this arcade. EVER. You win? In that unlikely event, well, we‘ll cross that bridge when we get there.” Her shit eating grin pisses you off. “So, you gonna accept or you just gonna forfeit to me?” You agree, and tell her to just get on with it. The two of you pick your characters. You pick what appears to be a small ice fairy. She reminds you of your sister for some reason. Kaguya’s character is apparently some rabbit. The game starts. For some odd reason, this all feels really familiar and you’re quite quickly in the groove. Shooting the small targets, launching attacks, and dodging bullets. The match has gone on for easily ten minutes, neither side giving an inch. The crowd that was small before quickly becomes larger, and around the screen the crowd is even larger. You could probably prolong the fight and be dramatic or you could launch an all out offensive on her now, which should bring about her swift demise. Which is it?
>>26722 Artistic licence. Done so that I don't have to keep typing out "That girl, or the girl with the long black hair, or your opponent" It's happened frequently in the story, if you haven't noticed it already.
You let loose with a full force, double barreled offensive. You give that NEET everything you’ve got an then some. However, shortly after shooting off your last spell attack, she just grins. “Such an Amateurish mistake.” Kaguya launches a counter attack. Quite quickly, your screen is overwhelmed with an impossible number of bullets and oh god the bullets are shooting bullets. You quite quickly find yourself left at one hit point. There’s still an insane number of bullets on your screen, but you now have a full bar. This is it, do or die time. You seem to come into some perfect zone of focus and somehow manage to dodge through the hell of bullets that were coming at you. You’ve managed to get most of your screen cleared at current, but you don’t know for how long that will last. You’ve just managed to take down Kaguya’s avatar on your side of the screen.
[ ] Offensive again! Surely it won’t fail this time! [ ] Defensive now! This is it! Hold out until she makes a mistake! [ ] Half offense, half defense.
Sorry sorry, had to actually play PoFV to decide the outcome. HERE IT IS. Oh and if someone can figure out somewhere to upload it, you can see my horrific PoFV skills~ ================================================ The battle has come down to this. You play defensively, only using your spell attacks when you need to clear something on your screen. The fairy comes, and comes again, and again. Numerous avatar attacks are made. The battle stretches on, longer and longer. Twenty minutes, thirty minutes, forty-five minutes. The crowd that’s gathered falls silent, it seems that nearly the entire arcade is watching this breathtaking battle between two sides who refuse to give an inch. The match continues on for a seeming eternity, however, you hear that familiar chirp, indicating that Kaguya has fallen to her final hit point. She curses quietly, the only noise discernable in the entire arcade. It’s as if every person there is holding their breath. You continue to bob and weave. Kaguya’s attacks are becoming more erratic, less predictable. But that means she has a greater likely hood of making a mistake. And there it is. You hear her explode on her side, and on your side, Winner. You sigh inwardly, that was an insanely intense and close match. You feel like you’ve just run a marathon. “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO~~” Kaguya screeches. She bangs her head on the screen, clutching the sides of the machine as she does so. She’s not hitting her head hard, but the machine is shaking. The crowd is all a buzz now, dispersing slowly while chatting about the intense match. A note appears on the screen that the replay has been saved. Kaguya stands, stalking over to your side of the machine. “Fine. . . You won. . .” She mumbles, seeming to be thoroughly defeated, shoulders slumped, head tilted down. It seems like the defeat hit her hard. “I just thought. . . You know. That I’d finally overtaken you. You haven’t been here in months, but you’re not rusty at all. You have no idea how hard it is to be a girl playing games. Every guy expects you to be beaten handily, or if you cheated or you used your body to distract them. Always the same shit. You have to be ten times better than them to get half the acclaim, beyond, OH LOOK AT THE LITTLE GIRL, SHE’S PLAYING A GAME. Hurr, Hurr.” Kaguya sighs. “So come on. Just get it over with. What horrifically embarrassing thing are you gonna make me do for loosing?” Her head is still hung, shoulders still slumped.
You tell her that you don’t care about the bet. It was a great match, and the two of you will have to play again some time. Kaguya seems slightly shocked by this, but not exactly surprised. “Heh. To be expected of you. Let your opponent live to fight another day. That’s what I always liked about you. Skilled, brutal in battle, but you always showed compassion to those you beat and tried to help them get better.” Kaguya smiles, and punches you lightly in the shoulder. “So, what advice can you give me?” You tell her that her playing is extremely good, the only thing that got to her was that this became a battle of attrition, and it was an accident that did her in. She nods at this. “Pretty much what I thought. Hm. . . Since you did win and all, and there was a bet. . .” You start to protest, but she cuts you off. “The arcade will be closing in about 20 minutes. Hang around and I’ll have a nice surprise ready for you by then.” Kaguya waves and runs off somewhere. You’re utterly baffled. If the arcade closes in 20 minutes, why do you have to stick around here? Oh well, it’s not like it’s bad or anything. You shrug to yourself.
[ ] Play another game. [ ] Leave. [ ] Go find something to snack on.