-“By now you have discovered that the Log Out button has vanished from the main menu. This is not an error. It is a feature of Sword Art Online.–
-“You will not be able to log out on your own.-
-“If you have read the manual-”-
“And now we know how our Marines got stuck,” Jack quipped.
Eyes on the video, Daniel waved a hushing hand. “Shh!”
-“The NervGear intercepts and alters the transmission of impulses to the voluntary and autonomic nervous system. In short, it governs your breathing and heart rate; here, and in the other world you left behind.
-“Disconnecting the power for ten minutes, being cut off from the system for two hours, or any attempt to suspend, hack, or remove the NervGear, will halt these vital functions. In several cases relatives or friends have already tried to remove the NervGear. Regretfully, two hundred and thirteen players have already exited this game, and the real world, forever.”-
Screens flashed in the air before the robe; flickers of news articles, weeping women and children on TV, internet headlines of Game Turned Deadly, and Deaths Caused By Online Game Continue to Rise.
-No… no way.- Klein’s voice, even if the redhead they glimpsed in the crowd was far too languid and handsome to be the man they’d met. -The gear’s supposed to be safe!-
-There are supposed to be safety interlocks.- A tall young man with dark blue hair, and Kirito’s voice. Unlike most of the faces around him, his tension spoke of confusion, but not panic. The dawning dread in wide eyes was far too deep to be panic. Half-gloved hands curled into fists. -But if some of the safety measures were firmware, not hardware….-
-Firmware?- Klein pounced, gripping the blue-haired man’s shoulder.
-Proprietary programs and hardware in combination,- Kirito said grimly. -They can be set with a trigger. Safety testing wouldn’t find them, because they’re not part of the operating system. They’re below the operating system. Like a hidden short circuit, that only breaks when you jar the computer.-