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Designers of high end virtual
environments and scenarios. Well this is what they say, actually they
are more like a design company that makes the best virtual sims they
can for those with the minimal amount of neuralware. All one needs to
use Hypnotica VR products is a one of their consoles with a set of
goggles and a pair of free interface plugs.
The goggles show the user what is going
on around them with a bit of direct interface leading to the first
free plug slot. The second plug is connected directly to the console
and detects user movements before they happen and uses that
information to adjust what the user is seeing. Thus a person hooked
into the console will only display small twitches but will see and
feel a full range of motion taking place in their environment.
With hundreds of various VR sims
available ranging from video games, tactical training simulators and
some adults only material this has become a popular system. Third
party titles are starting to flood into the marketplace along with
several bootleg products as well.
A base Hypnotica home unit costs 600eb
and comes with the console, goggles and connecting wires. Sims can
range from 100eb for new releases down to 10eb for older material. On
the blackmarket they can fetch whatever the seller thinks they can
While Hypnotica does offer Sponsorship
they don't do it like many other smaller companies do. Instead of
going by television or net air time they prefer to sponsor individual
events or actions. This works out especially well for Rockerboys and
Media covering preset games or newsworthy displays.
They pay 20eb per event for those who
are small and starting out. Providing banners and vids to be
displayed on screens. These do, of course, have to be returned in
order to get paid and must be openly in view of the majority of the
audience. Performances by bands are what comes to mind immediately
but Hypnotica has also sponsored large tech swap meets, political
announcements, sports events and protest rallies.
Once a sponsored individual has worked
a few times for the company and is bringing in larger crowds then the
pay goes up to 40eb per event. Also a larger selection of promotional
items will be provided in the form of give away gear like shirts,
key-chains, logo emblazoned firearm magazines and such. Sometimes
even a few copies of their latest Sim to create contests as well.
Higher levels of sponsorship are
negotiated behind closed doors in private.
'Static' Jones is a very well known
Techie of amazing capabilities. He is what other tinkerers hope to
become. Besides building specialized devices for high paying clients
he also enjoys hosting very large 'flea market' style meets in
various cities. These attract thousands of tech dedicated individuals
and those who wish to hire them. Always hanging from banners and
across the ceiling are Hypnotica logos along with a stall for the
company to sell and demo their wares.
Somebody is selling some black market
copies of popular programs on the down low. What the users don't
realize is that the version they are using sends a location signal
back to the techies who burned up the hacked version. They in turn
show up while the user is jacked in to the simulation and remotely
crank up the interface so it minimizes what they can hear going on
around them. Then once this is done they enter their home and rob
them blind while they lay on the couch playing their game. Well
somebody has traced the signal back to the techies now and have hired
the runners to take them out.
A mysterious third party has released a
sim based around several popular adult film stars. But they have also
loaded it up with subliminal messages that cause a heavy user to
spend even more money on their vices than normal. Maybe one of the
victims could be a runner in the group or a close friend.
Another punk rockerboy band has fallen
in popularity and decided to skip off without returning their
Hypnotica promotional material. Now when they do play they display
the banners and such while shouting obscenities about the company,
blaming them for their drop in the market. Well Hypnotica wants their
stuff back and they don't care if you rough up the band or not.