Ohhh so what youre saying is you cant wrap your head around the fact that fiction DOESNT MAKE SENSE?!?! lol. I mean I can find **** like that wrong with EVERY anime, video game, tv show and book Ive read, seen played or watched. But I read/play/watch and do these things for ENTERTAINMENT, not to be taken seriously, thats why its called FICTION, sounds like you should stick to non fiction.
There's a limit to how much you can hand-wave and still have good story. Dragon Ball Z is another example of something I personally can't stand because I find it is just too silly. But yet something like, I don't know, Lord of the Rings has at least something closer to acceptable hand-waving going on. Sure, you can say AWizardDidIt and get away with it... to an extent. When you go too far, then the eyerolling commences. Someone being able to cast magic in a fantasy environment? Sure. That happens all the time. But something like DBZ people turning into giant apes or whatever happens in DBZ and throwing kamahehas around everywhere, eh... that's getting a bit on the silly side.
Or, take sci-fi. A ship with artificial gravity that isn't explained? Meh. Doesn't bother me much. Sound in space? Ok, fine. Silence is rather boring. But when you start pulling stuff that entirely breaks the laws of physics just because you're too lazy to do proper research (sound in space is done for dramatic effect, there's a Reason why it is there) then it starts getting silly. For example, I have a much easier time with Star Wars than I do Star Trek. Or, something like Babylon5. That was actually very well-done as far as acceptable hand-waving goes.
The point is, Hand-Waving is a thing. Sure. I get that. But yet there's only so much you can ask me to hand-wave before I start losing interest because of silliness.
Also not once did they ever show an unconscious player in a hospital in .hack the one time they DID show the real world the unconscious player was still in their house, in their chair with the vr headset on and controller in their hand (though not actively pressing buttons) with drool sliding down the aside of their mouth.
SO they were still hocked up to the game, now if they ha been completely unplugged and in the hospital but somehow still in the game then you may have a point. of course then youd have to ask if thats the case how did they not die from eating or drinking for however long they were in said coma, to which Id again bring up.... fiction... not supposed to be realistic, and maybe they were not in comas long enough to die from dehydration or hunger, using SAO as an example it was explained that trying to forcibly log someone out by unplugging them would kill them instantly as the headset is linked to their brain, and when Kirito finally did get out and they showed him in the hospital, he was skinny and thin as **** thus showing that the effects of not eating/drinking for however long he was out definitely happened, **** he could barely walk, i believe he was in a wheelchair even.
In the extra material supplied with the PS2 games (the anime shorts), and in the PS2 game itself, it was implied that such condition persisted for multiple IRL DAYS
. If that dude is sitting at his home, VR headset on, controller in his hands in a coma for Days and nobody found him, none of his friends contacted authorities/EMT/911/whatever, then I'd just have to ask.. uh, wtf? Maybe the people in question live alone in their houses, but pretty sure at least one of them had family. You're trying to tell me the family just left them drooling in a coma like that for multiple days?
And what about the game, its developers, and lawsuits? The first instance is a fluke. Second, eh... but when you get to the third, fourth, and beyond cases of this happening in the same game, under similar conditions... then you might be looking at lawsuits and the government getting involved, court cases, what-not... but I don't recall any of this happening in the anime, though?
And yes, I know, "Hand-wave it!" ... but again, there's only so much I can handwave. There's just so much wrong with the premise of the whole thing.
Also like the other guy said FFXI came after .hack, obviously skills with teh console and stuff got better over time. I mean heck just look at FF7 and FF8, same console, MUCH better graphics
Maybe so, but still. The premise behind the game itself just seems a bit boring. I'm sure maybe you could add stuff to make it interesting, but I've not seen anything in any of the anime I've watched where it sounded like you really had all that much to build an interesting MMORPG out of. You got what seems like random generated worlds based upon a seed (the keywords), and.... well, that's what you got. Well, that, and people RPing/interacting in town (which I could never understand how that even works, and I'm an RPer myself... I only RP over pure text environments, though. Couldn't understand doing it in a game). Small groups going into random places that may or may not have a dungeon, or even a boss, etc. Sounds like Diablo only without the storyline.