Friday, September 28, 2007

A Scary Future

I personally find this (somewhat sarcastic) future of gaming very frightening. If you have about six minutes to kill, I'd recommend watching it. Here's my take on how the open source community will react. However, this is just as speculative as the original show.

Despite the very debatable aspect of having nearly the entire world hooked on Halo, there is something much more disturbing about that future. It actually starts in 2007, the domination of the company who produces Halo. That's right, Microsoft. Microsoft acquires Sony and Nintendo and incorporates them into their gaming division (and would maintain two monopolies) But it doesn't end there. In 2011, with the release of Halo 4, all other media will be busy creating CDs for Halo 4. Of course, there will be some open source insurgents who won't stand for that. Representatives of Canonical and Red Hat, angry at the seizure of their CD writing facilities, gather members of their representative communities and launch the largest security attack on Windows computers Microsoft has ever seen, and regain their facilities. However, since most people are busy playing Halo, the headline quickly slips into oblivion.

In 2016, Halo 6 would have been spread across several media, including movies, television, books, etc. With the number of members in the open source community dwindling, a few experienced programmers create a reverse engineered copy of Halo, and try to gain members there. They make little success. Due to the overhaul of education by Halo and Microsoft, the number of students who end up using Linux and other open source operating systems shrinks to 1% of its current size. With J Allard as president, Microsoft engages in legislation to persecute those who use free software in the United States. All open source activity stops in the United States and is now concentrated in Europe. Red Hat is relocated to France in order to escape suffocating regulation in its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 10.0.

In 2021, with the release of Halo 7, the open source community has now shrunken throughout the world. It is composed of only a few hundred members who live in hiding and continue to program despite the universality of the game. This community slowly diminishes due to an unacceptable amount of progress. By now, all of the major Linux companies have gone bankrupt, including Mandriva, Novell, and RedHat. Strangely, Sun Microsystems has managed to be a powerful force in this new economy with its new line of SPARC chips which are used in the new XBoxes. It still retains the openness which was initiated by its long-past CEO Jonathan Schwartz (you knew this was coming)

In 2026, the open source community is all but gone. They have been caught and killed in the crossfire of the Halo mob, and there is no one left to navigate the massive yet ultra-efficient linux kernel 4.128.36. All documentation had been lost in the blackout.

In the present day, with the rebuilding of civilization, a few rogue scholars depart from the construction of the Halo and analyze an old linux hard disk that survived the Halocaust. They try to piece together the ancient language, C, which once was....

How was that? I hope it was fairly entertaining at least.


Joe Smith said...

You and your SPARC ... :P

I was half expecting a Star Wars-style ending (Richard Stallman as Yoda?)

cactaur said...

Oh and I forgot to mention, Sun Microsystems is the only company to survive the Halocaust because they've designed servers that run on human waste. However, due to increased violence on the surface, Sun moved their factory into a mountain and isolated itself from the rest of the world until it decides to go public again. It's been rumored that when you die, Sun hires you and teaches you all of the ancient knowledge which was known pre-Halo.

What do you think of that?

Joe Smith said...

hahahahaha. You won me over when you said "Halocaust"


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