Sunday, August 26, 2012

10000000 Reasons to Love Freedom

I had the strangest dream, you guys.

I was playing around on Twitter and I noticed a few people talking about this game called 10000000. It seemed like they were having fun, so I went to the app store and found it.

The next thing I knew, I was waking up in this tower full monsters whose only fear was my skill at Bejeweled.

It wasn't exactly clear what I was supposed to be doing, but that number haunted me at every turn: 10000000. Reminders of that cruel figure were everywhere, and nowhere. I nearly drowned in zeroes. Were they real, or imaginary? 10000000. What number is that, even? The lack of commas reminded me of the editor I once had been. I played Bejeweled with all my might, and yet it seemed that 10000000 might as well be 100000000.

As the enemies fell around me, I began collecting RPG tropes: Experience, gold, weapons and armor, perks, building materials... but for the first time in as long as I can remember, it was my score that mattered. In the dream. My dream had a scoreboard.

I'd perform an epic run through the dungeon, but I'd wake up back at the top of that tower to do it all over again. And again. And then some shopping. And then again. My score crawled painfully skyward, pushing into the 2000000s, the 5000000s, the 9000000s. I grew stronger and stronger, until I could advance no more. And yet, for all my strength, I felt weak. So weak. So powerless.

And finally, I launched my ultimate dungeon run.

11164589! There had never been a more beautiful random string of digits. I'm not entirely sure how to say that number, but I was almost certain it was more than 10000000.

But then I woke up in real life at the TOP OF THE TOWER FROM MY DREAM. "NO!" I cried, "THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING!" But then it was totally just like the last morning in Groundhog Day because this time there was a door:

So I walked into it. And then:

Truer words there never were. Free from zeroes. Free from gold and stone and wood and experience. Free from 10000000.