"It was a day like all the others. Got a message on my smartphone. From unknown. At first glance I dismissed it as spam and I was about to hit the delete icon on the screen. But there was something about it. There were no spelling errors, no overuse of exclamation marks. Not even a truckload of symbols to confuse you into clicking. It was just a simple call for help and it shot straight to the heart. There was a link but it didn’t look too suspicious. I had to see where it lead. There’s not a huge risk clicking links on the phone nowadays, so how bad can it be?
My curiousity won and I clicked the link.
It loaded up a website in the browser and started to display a log of messages:
Connecting to NSI mainframe via MSAX_backdoor…
User codename_stranger authenticated.
/~>. /start operation firefly
Auto-launching package: firefly.main…. OK
Loading MSAX visual interface…
After this, the website loaded up and all it showed was a red tile on a dark background. The page seemed to connect to somewhere and start a program, but it was all in the browser so I didn’t feel too worried. Instead I got even more curious. A backdoor? To what? What did this Firefly program do?
A few seconds later a message popped up on the page.
It was a desperate but friendly voice. It seemed genuinely worried, saying it needed my help and that I had to push the red tile to help it. Curiously, there was no way to answer. Why would you create all this, lure me here, send out a message and not give me a way to answer?
It started to look more like a prank than anything. But I had nothing better to do. What harm could it do to play along with this mysterious little prankster for a while?
So I pushed the button, the page animated away and revealed a new one. The new page was just as minimalistic as the first one. This time, a few more colored tiles showed up. Shortly thereafter, a new message showed up and the voice was very grateful I had done as it asked.
It all seemed very innocent, giving me no clue that I just signed up for hell.”
And that’s it! Hope it piqued your interest. I’m not a writer, but sometimes its fun to just write instead of code. It was also an interesting way to describe my next game idea that’s brewing behind the scenes as I work to finish Pyramid Jumble. Let me know what you think! Do you think this kind of writing would work for a small mobile game project?