Online he saw an ad about a new video game called World Simulator.
It had good reviews on iTube, so he bought it with his parents money.
The idea of the game was to simulate yourself, your mind, genetic code etc and put yourself in different world stages, eras etc.
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So the guy started playing around, picking eras, parents profiles, randomly.
The simulations of him had different results:
A politician assassinated in his 50s in the Byzantine Empire.
A ping-pong champion in the netherlands in the 70s.
A millionaire entrepreneur with diabetes in Germany in the 1800s.
A family man.
A gay dandy.
A respected microbiologist.
A serial killer.
The guy thinks: "OK, I could've been many different things. What would happen if everyone was me?"
So he arranged the virtual world so that everyone was a clone of him. The background world would be one where cloning had been invented and fully functional, and where a tyrant (the simulated guy) had taken over the world and replaced every person with clones of him. Women would have twice his X chromosome. The tyrant would then let the clones breed.
The guy pushed play on his Playstation 19.
The children of the clones were of course not very healthy because of inbreeding. Before random mutations could take place naturally and allow some form of natural selection and correct the genetic weaknesses from generation to generation, it would take a long time, perhaps many days of real life time. To speed things up, the guy introduced tiny random genetic variations in each individual. Now there would be natural selection and the pool gene would become healthy faster.
He went to bed, letting the Playstation on for the night, and putting the game speed at x30000000.
In the morning he turned on the tv screen to see what had happened. About a hundred thousand years had passed in-game. The virtual world predictably didn't look at all like he had left it.
Its citizens had differentiated. They weren't clones or anything close. The skin, eye, hair colors were varied. Size, intelligence, charisma, every traits too, just like in the real world. No more tyrant.
The guy decided to zoom in on a particular citizen. She was a young unemployed woman in her 20s, living with her parents. She was standing on an overpass, looking down at a train passing below, wondering what her life would have been in different circumstances.