…discarded TOON game idea #284
Once again, instead of the two promised (I promised then on Facebook) entries, I have but one. On the plus side, it’s quite long and has dinosaurs!
365 People, Places & Things #109
Holy crap, It’s rampaging dinosaurs! And it didn’t take bugs in amber to make them!
The Rise Of The…: Dinosaurs!
So Greg Zuckelberg and Simon Yan have this killer idea of what to do with the four billion they made off of Quantum Memory Incorporated: Buy up some bleeding edge tech firms and build a Dinosaur Park with the most realistic dinosaurs ever. Which is exactly what they did, in spades.
At first, it was just going to be crazy expensive robot dinosaurs that could do about 7 or 8 things, but really smoothly and realistically. Then they heard about some MIT guys who had built nanobots the size of grains of rice that could link up and form more complex systems. Naturally, they hired these guys and gave them about 500 million and the mission to reduce the nanobot size to smaller than a grain of sand.
While that is going on, they invite every paleontologist they can find to a big conference (and give each of them a hefty cash donation) where they will design a set of five different ecological settings for the Dino Park. This is like telling a bunch of geeks that you want them to watch a Star Trek marathon. By the time the dino geeks were done, they had created nine settings and offered to do another six more any time.
So a couple of years go by and now they have 15 intensely detailed settings that are being recreated on 5,000 acres of land in the middle of Nevada, the ability to make nanobots less than half the size of a small grain of sand and an army of techies and programmers ready to get to work.
Now, over the next three years, things go incredibly well. The park gets built, 268 species of dinosaurs are created (and function just like real organic creatures) and the behavioral programming gets completed. Oh, and the hype machine goes into overdrive. The day the first video of a T-Rex was put up on You Tube, the servers crashed four times.
Let’s go back to those dinosaurs. When I said they were programmed to function like real creatures, I wasn’t joking. They breathed, ate (but only other dinosaurs), defecated, defended territories…hell, they even fucked and had babies. Despite subsequent events, you’ve got to admit, that was crazy cool. I saw the first batch in the Early Triassic Asia setting and it was jaw dropping. It truly was like going back in time.
So the final step, a couple of months before the park was due to open (and right after deals had been signed to build similar parks in China, Europe and Australia), was to set up the security program. See, everyone had seen Jurassic Park and everyone agreed that shit would not happen. So the security was designed in discreet parts by very small teams who in some cases had no idea what they were building this for. Finally, after it was all put together, a team of six security experts…the best in the world…were assembled to monitor things. None of them knew who the other five were. They would never meet and would only be able to communicate during an emergency. Even then, all they could do is use pre arranged code words. Mostly, they could shut every single dinosaur down by making them go into a coma. At any time, only two security experts were on duty during a 12 hour shift. The protocols for programmers were even stricter. Thus was security assured.
The park opened on June 1st, 2015 and was a success beyond anybody’s wildest dreams. In no time, reservations were booked up 6 months in advance. The five major hotel resorts around the park were inadequate for it’s needs and five more were built. By 2017, Dinosaur Park, Nevada was the state’s third largest city. By 2020, there were a total of 6 Dinosaur Parks and the species count was up to 532, including the new Ice Age fauna. Everything was going just swell.
Except for that part about the nine genius psychos from various American universities who had gotten together a couple of years before the park concept had even been thought up and decided in their twisty little minds that humanity needed to be taken down a peg or two. They hadn’t decided exactly how, but they were plenty smart in multiple disciplines. They say the groups computer whiz kid found out about Dino Park from hacking Simon Yan’s email account.
Hmmm…dinosaurs…dinosaurs that, despite looking organic, really weren’t…hmmm.
So they busted ass and became the best in their fields and two of those fields were security and programming and in the very early hours of May 23rd, 2021, while the entire park was in sleep mode, they started their merry ten step plan.
Step 1: Release into the park’s three meandering rivers a shitload of nanobots programmed to infect any dinosaurs that drink water (so, all of them).
Step 2: Wait three days until infection is at 100%
Step 3: Have one of your programming geniuses insert a small bit of seemingly innocent code into the dinosaur behavior program.
Step 4, 5 & 6: Same as step 3.
Step 7: Have the first programmer type in a code word.
Step 8: Make sure both security experts are members of your team one night.
Step 9: Shut down the security in just one small area for a mere 10 seconds, which will trigger the alarms that are the signal for the new dinosaur programming to take effect.
10: A few hours later, when the park is full of guests and the clocks all say noon, pop some popcorn and watch the shit hit the fan.
Did I mention that they had already gotten the new nanobots into the water at the five other parks? Or that, for security, the controls at the main park could send signals to the other parks.
You know the rest, my friend. The dinosaurs busted out, killing 2,300 guests along the way and scattered to the four winds…but only long enough to reproduce at a greatly accelerated rate. They could now process not only dino flesh, but human (and only human) flesh for sustenance. Not that it mattered much, because they could heal insanely fast and could also make use of other sources of raw materials. Stuff like garbage, trash, cars, houses, etc.
And they got bigger, about twice normal size. I’m reliably told that a herd of 30 Brachiosaurs pretty much wiped several small town off the map as they ran from a large pack of Utahraptors. Nobody can accurately say how the sea dwelling dinosaurs (and prehistoric reptiles, if you want to get picky) got from the middle of Nevada to the ocean, but they did, which is why there are Liopleurodons and Elasmosauruses and a host of other aquatic dinosaurs swimming around doing things like destroying the Japanese fishing fleet and sinking naval ships of all countries. The pterosaurs, of course, spread the fastest and I personally have seen the new double sized Quetzalcoatlus chase down and eat a human adult.
After awhile, we humans found the dinosaur free zones that the genius psychos (who didn’t even have the decency to give themselves a catchy name) had established. Actually, I’m pretty sure we were herded into them. Whatever the case, we can live here in relative safety at about a mid 19th century level. Oddly, we are all of us a whole lot healthier on average than we used to be. Vastly reduced pollution, organic foods and hard work will di that to you. I do kind of miss the internet though.
I’ve heard that the plan is to have the dinosaurs back off a little every few decades, to give us room. Of course, that also depends upon us learning to get along and not be greedy and respect the earth and all that stuff.
Personally, I think the dinosaurs are going to be here a long time.