Megaworld is the most popular superhero MMORPG on Earth. Its popularity comes from the fact that it is based on the tabletop Hero System published by Hero Games, a highly accurate simulation of real superhero combat. (In fact, the game is so popular that some superheroes have already sued the publisher of Megaworld in order to prevent people from using (and probably abusing) their names and images in an online environment, while others have licensed themselves to Megaworld for precisely that purpose.) Megaworld has several “city servers” that represent different real-world cities and, as the heroes of the online world have their various adventures, their actions affect the world’s “megaplot,” leading to twice-yearly plot updates that may or may not reflect what happens in the real world.
In Megaworld’s history there have only been two glitches. The first occurred when Hero Games switched tabletop editions and several characters exploded due to their inability to maintain their abilities, and the second when one of the Megaworld programs became a living entity and tried to conquer the MMORPG. Fortunately, thousands of virtual heroes banded together to stop it, and it was prevented from respawning every thirty minutes by a conveniently placed delete protocol inserted by a particularly clever programmer.