Summary

Would you be prepared to work for free? How would you like to bust your hump for a large corporation 60-plus hours a week without a wage or a single day off for the vague promise of some mysterious perks in the distant future?
You'd refuse point blank, wouldn't you? But what if the job in question was playing a state-of-the-art fantasy MMORPG game? And what if this was the only thing you're really good at? Especially considering that your in-game partner is someone really special to you - and this person already lives a virtual life?
Knowing all this, would you consider the mysterious future bonus worth your while?
©2017 M. Atamanov; English translation copyright 2017 by Andrew Schmitt (P)2017 Tantor
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1 out of 5 stars
By Non O. Ya on 27-02-18

Not a good LitRPG. Author should play more games.

A bland attempt at a story by an author who seems to have only ever heard of the topic of videogames in passing - from some radio show or vague recollection he must have picked-up sometime on holiday a few years ago.

Packed with glaring plot holes and a frankly bland attempt at world crafting, the story starts to smell generic by the 3rd or 4th chapter (when the MC realizes he's been granted abilities that were mentioned to have been removed from the game, just as an example.)

From the author's glaring lack of understanding of basic game design and general mechanics to the atrocious dialogue from some of the characters (a 14 y/o girl who seems to have the speech pattern of a sage old man from time-to-time) the entire story seems aimed to remove any sense of immersion for the poor soul listening.

For those poor aficionados of the LitRPG genre: avoid this book. You will be physically cringing at some points.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Don Gilbert on 15-06-18

Different and Good LitRPG

First, I thought the title, “Video Game Plotline Tester,” sucked, in fact I almost didn’t buy the book because the Title seemed too institutional and sterile, which is the exact opposite of the story, which I found creative and refreshing with a different perspective on the LitRPG genre. It does describe perfectly, however, how the main character, Timothy, begins the story as a “Dark Herbalist,” for a video game plotline test.
With so many LitRPG coming out all of the time now it seems a challenge for writers to be different and still fulfill all of the needs that make a great LitRPG. In most of these we follow the main character while he/she quickly levels and eventually becomes the hero of the realm. What I like about “Video game plotline tester,” is it doesn’t go by the usual script. Timothy, by design, has to play a low- life character that, by design, has difficulties leveling up.
I’ve listened to the three “Audio,” books that have come out, so far, and I have to say this series tells a good tale inside the digital world and out in the real world of the story, with twists and turns that has me wondering how Michael Atamanov is going to continue in the next book; but I can’t wait, this is very entertaining.


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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 23-01-18

A fun read!

I'll definately be getting the next two books in this series. It does have some flaws, but nothing that can't be overlooked. The biggest thing is it seems like english isn't the writers first language, a lot of text is pretty simplistic, almost like you know the language but not a lot of synonyms to change up what is being written. Still the characters are pretty cool, and it keeps you interested. I listened to it all the way through in one sitting. Definately give the book a try you won't be sorry.

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