Jan 192013
 

You are walking in a beautiful sunlit meadow. Flowers turn their faces to the sun and butterflies flutter in the light breeze. A single dark cloud hunches on the horizon but that is probably totally not a portent of anything. To the east is a forest. To the north is a footpath through the meadow.

>GO EAST

You go east. There is an ancient oak tree in front of you. At the base a door is affixed.

>EXAMINE DOOR

The door is wooden, about a foot tall. The fixtures are dark with age and strange runes are scratched on the surface.

>OPEN DOOR

As you crouch down and open the door, forest creatures fall silent and the sunlight dims. Inside is a swirling vortex of color and trivia. A reeking fog seeps up from the ground and envelops your legs. Low desperate whimpers can be heard from the vortex. You feel as though all hope has gone from your world.

>WHAT THE FUCK, MAN

The door leads to the wikipedia page for Optimus Prime.

>OH SHIT

Right? It is massive. There are over 200 citations.

>READ IT

Are you sure? It could take weeks. You might die before you finish.

>READ IT

Every bit of information about every incarnation of this transformer, including summaries of every cartoon episode he’s appeared in and lists of every Optimus Prime toy ever, is laid out awkwardly before you. None of the writing style is encyclopedic. Two hours in, you spot a typo.

>UGH SOMEONE SHOULD FIX THAT

Wikipedia is the encyclopedia that anyone can edit!

>EDIT TYPO

Nope! This page is protected because it has been vandalized many times. You can’t edit it.

>GO TO TALK PAGE

You don’t want to do that. It is almost worse there.

>CLOSE BROWSER TAB

Congratulations! You win this game!

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