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Young Adult (18-35)
North American (General) , North American (US Midwest- Chicago, Great Lakes)
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everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing. When they first heard about the contest. I was sitting in my hideout watching cartoons when the news bulletin broken. On my video feed announcing that James Halliday had died during the night. I'd heard of holiday of course everyone had, he was the video game designer responsible for creating the Oasis, a massive multi player online game that had gradually evolved into the globally networked virtual reality most of humanity now used on a daily basis. The unprecedented success of the Oasis had made Halliday one of the wealthiest people in the world. At first I couldn't understand why the media was making such a big deal of the billionaires. Death. After all, the people of planet Earth had other concerns. The ongoing energy crisis, catastrophic, climate change, widespread famine, poverty and disease. Half a dozen wars, you know, dogs and cats living together mass hysteria. Normally the news feeds didn't interrupt everyone's interactive sitcoms and soap operas unless something really major had happened like the outbreak of some new killer virus or another major city vanishing in a mushroom cloud. Big stuff like that. As famous as he was holidays, death should have warranted only a brief segment on the evening news. So the unwashed masses could shake their heads in envy when the newscasters announced the obscenely large amount of money that would be doled out to the rich man's heirs