The Arcade is simply a Synonym for the StarArena_Metaverse. Myth tells us; The Arcade used to be one of many entertainment centers through the centuries and is now believed to be the last of its kind and serves as a safe haven for what remains of the mortals. That is; If you are skilled to vanquish invading demon scum and ‘Protect The Core‘ for the survival of your species!
Scattered throughout the last remnants of human and alien civilizations are Arena’s, these Game Portals give passage to the Victors in tournaments onto the ‘Main Arena’ to fight alongside the Game Gods and protect the The Arcade from evil forces that crawl out of the dark underbelly of cyber space.
Below is the main ‘Theater of War’ and stronghold of the last Arcade in the 26th century.
There Is Only One True Star Arena!
The ‘Original Star Arena’ is situated at the center of the MetaVerse and is home to the Shi-Tenno. With that said; Duplicates have been distributed among nearby digital domains and far beyond as an open invitation to Warriors from any race or creed in the multiverses to join in the battle against evil forces.
These Duplicate Arena’s are Portals to The Arcade. Champions and Challengers from any dimension can compete in tournaments and The Victor is granted passage into the Inner Sanctum, be they; Man, Machine or Monster. This accounts for the wide variety of lifeforms that can be found on the Battle Grid.
New Gladiators are needed! Yet; How many of these Game Portals have survived in time is uncertain…
Get Ready For A Battle Royale!
To the Victor go the spoils of war, in this case the Gladiators who won an uphill battle on an extended Game Portal are now transported to The Arcade and find themselves on top of the Inner Sanctum of the MetaVerse. The complete Sanctum consists of three divides that make up the Main Arena. Firstly; The StarArena as explained above ‘clicks’ into the MetaVerse and form one multi leveled Battle Arena.
The lower part is home to the Shugoshin and ‘clicks’ into the ‘Harmonic Ring’ that serves as the Base of the complete Sanctum. When the threat level outside the perimeters of The Arcade is low; Tournaments are organized to keep the fighting fortitude of all the Warriors sharp and hone their skills in close quarters battle. These spectacles are rare with The Arcade under a ceaseless siege and new Gladiators are directed to the front lines to reinforce the troops in the conflict against the Demonic RAM-Raiders.
The Growth Of Extended Arenas
Before we press onward it must be mentioned; The Original Code in the Firm Ware of the StarArena MetaVerse is based on an early Dynamic Platform to Train And Test The Cyber Soldier Of The Future. The Domains and Terrains were built tot test a new breed of Cyber Infantrymen under extreme conditions.
When the Military Company realized that the application would increase revenue and income in the Game Industry, Vulcan Enterprises converted the OS and started building Arcades and Coin Operated Machines sold as must have Game Clones and the ‘Ultimate in Virtual Experience!’
To facilitate a greater gaming public, the playing fields were doubled and extended with game maps that serve as qualifying rounds to the Battle Leagues and usher in the centennial celebration of The Arcade.
Techno Transcendence Threshold
With the advent of ‘Bio Modems’ the sales of Game Clones go sky rocketing into outer orbit. Hordes of consumers are logged in to The Arcade via an unlimited ‘Neuro Connection!’ Meaning; A great deal of the human population spends more time in the Virtual World at any given moment, than consciously interacting with each other on earth. Limited only by their biological vessels that crave sustenance to survive.
New domains are build by Vulcan Industries to cater to the demand to this influx of new ‘Cyber Citizens’. In the 23rd Century, The Arcade has again doubled in size! Other companies and conglomerates offer similar services with Arcades popping up left and right with various themes. Even so; The Star Arena remains a fan favorite!
While Gamers rush to qualify in the Mega Battle Leagues and Vulcan rake in the take from the Coin Operated Machines; A Societal Collapse Is In The Making Back On Earth.
Be Careful What You Wish For
Come the turn of the 24th century; The final and Fatal step in Evolution is about to made! Thus far, only the Ridiculous Rich and Top Gamers with a continuous credit flow can afford Bio Pods!
These Entity Containers allow you to be immersed in the Virtual World 24/7/356; But cost serious coin in upkeep! In simple terms; If you cant pay the rent? Your body is evicted from a Bio Pod and connection with The Arcade is terminated. The suicide rate among Players who Risk All and Lose Everything have become a common statistic that run in the hundreds daily.
With the approval of the ‘Electronic Euthanasia Act’ legislation of 2332, A Gamer could opt for the ‘Eternal Life’ clause in approved Virtual Worlds. In short; A Cerebral Scan would be installed in an Arcade of your choosing, where you become a Registered User or Cyber Citizen and you distance yourself from your mortal remains.
Creating a massive migration to the Arcades and the Star Arena doubles in size once more.
Save Our Souls
For a short period all these Virtual Worlds prosper! Teeming with life, creativity and passionate plans for expansions. But what everybody failed to foresee, besides a few soothsayers and prognosticators; With their souls no longer tethered to the body of these Cyber Citizens inhabiting The Arcades? Evil lurking in the deep can smell their scent and come crawling out of the dark underbelly of Cyber Space!
During the 25th Century these once beautiful lands and maps become the devastating stage of War against Evil Forces! The Arcade is Under Siege! Those who opted for Eternal Life are trapped in the Virtual Worlds and must fight tooth and nail for Survival ...or face Eternal Damnation!
Star Arena War Stories
…are set in the 26th Century, after word has arrived that the Akuma no Ryōshu 悪魔の領主 are banding together, getting organized and planning a full scale invasion on The Arcade.
A Battle Royale known to history as the Mega War of 2520.
Your assignment as an Operator is to ‘Kill The Demon Scum’ and ‘Protect The Core!’