Lucid Intent? Yes
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I seem to be walking around with a couple of people, I don't know them in waking life. I am kind of bored and just tagging along. They want to go into an arcade, and rolling my eyes I go in with them. They want to talk to friends who are there, and that leaves me with nothing to do. I walk around looking at the games, none of them seem interesting to me until I come upon one that has something to do with the music group The Gorillaz. I like the graphics, so I think to myself, this will pass the time. All the games in the aracade were really big, and you sat inside the game in a contraption that was like a car without doors. It's so comfortable and dark in there, I feel like I could easily just stay there for hours.
The game has a menu at the beginning where you pick a character to play. Later on I think the game is experienced the same no matter which character you picked, but that each one has a specific advantage over the others. For example, one might be faster, while another could push past obstacles. I don't come to realize the advantage of the character I picked until later. I was only playing to pass time, not for any goals. I decide to pick the character Noodle, and then the game starts. It seems to be some sort of maze you have to navigate.
The graphics are pretty impressive, I felt like I was really moving. Then I realize the menu had the character's names mixed up, like they were off one, so I didn't have the Noodle character, it was 2D instead, but I decided it didn't matter. You can't return to the menu anyway.
The game seems to be set in a jungle, and all around is a sort of tunnel made out of a green plastic netting. You control a sort of metal wheel with spikes to go through the maze. The metal wheel's spikes fit into the spaces of the plastic green net stuff, so it grabbed it and as it turned moved you forward through the game. It seemed like a very weird way to go about it.
I am really amazed by how realistic the jungle looks. I look down through the green plastic net tunnel and I am really high off the ground, and it's all around me. Then I notice that the game has somehow gone into complete emersion. the illusion is all around me. Okay, this is getting interesting, I think. I am having fun just moving through the jungle, but then I see ahead what appears to be a drop. I stop right before it. This, I figure, is the advantage of the icon (character). The other ones couldn't stop and think things through, they must continue moving forward without stopping or even pausing, like sharks. Lucky for me. I wasn't sure what to do.
Were I to use the wheel like I had been I would just fall, and I didn't want to do that. It was a long way to the bottom. I think I stopped and thought about how to go down without getting killed. At this point the game is pretty much the real deal, and no longer just an illusion.
I keep the wheel upright. So far it's always been right left, right left only, forward, and only just now there is down option, and I didn't know how to do that. I finally figure it out that the wheel must remain upright, still, and that the way down required me to move downwards in a spiral. I am relieved that I figure it out, as I thought I was stuck, backwards was not an option.
I go down the tunnel and reach the bottom safely, now it's back to left and right turns, and I am almost down at the jungle floor, admiring all the strange plant life. I then see the plastic tunnel getting narrower. I wonder what this means, but then I stop suddenly. The plastic tears. I try to hold it together, but the tear grows and now it's impossible to move forward. I am forced to abondon the wheel and the plastic net, so I am in the jungle with nothing around. I don't know what to do.
I look ahead and the tunnel does keep getting smaller, it would really be impossible for anyone at all to go through it, unless you were the size of a hamster or something.
By this time it's like I have totally forgotten that I am just playing a video game. I feel lost, and the tunnel is now ripped to shreds. I then see a cat come out of the tunnel. Then another, and another. The tunnel seemed to be jam packed with cats for some reason. I am kind of freaked out by that.
Then this woman appears and approaches me. I confess to her that I wrecked the tunnel thing, but she doesn't appear to care about that and looks straight at me as if terribly impressed by something. I continue being confused. She finally tells me that no one's ever made it this far in the game. The part of the game where you go down the tunnel apparently confuses everyone, and no one until now had ever made it down. I seem to get the impression that the creators of the game just stopped at that point, thinking there was nothing left to do, since that was, essentially, the end of the road seeing as how no one could figure out what to do, and they would fall.
I can hardly belive I was the only one to figure it out, but in any case, to make up for there being no actual end, she was going to give me something, but she didn't have it whatever it was, and wanted me to follow her.
I get some cookies. They're really good, and there was something else, but I don't remeber what it was, but it was over complicated getting it.
At this point the dream gets even more complicated, and the only way to describe it is that I was literally in two places at the same time doing two entirely different things. In one of the sequences I am trying to convince someone of the ownership of a house, not mine, but someone else's house, and there is a meeting, and a seminar, and papers to sign, and really, too many things at once to even hope to make any sense of it all.
I don't recall ever getting up out of the game, though, so I am not sure if all the goobley gook after the tunnel tearing up, was a continuation of the dream or if it was in fact a whole other dream. The transition was seemless in any case.
I was just really disappointed that two nights in a row I didn't become lucid.
EDIT: 11-29-11: I just happened to come back to this dream after reading about some other people's experince with dreaming two dreams simultanously. Apparently it a thing, although I suppose many people can't see it happening. In the case of THIS record, I am so over whelmed with information I didn't really try hard to describe the two simultaneous dreams, but it is not the first time it's happened. Now that I know it's a phenomenon shared by others, I am going to try to pay more attention to it. I have a feeling it occurs quite a lot, and with everyone else as well, but such dreams are confusing after you wake up and try to make sense of them, on account of that being in two places at once and being concious of both without any problems is something that's simply not possible in regular waking life. We don't have the language to write about such a thing. At a later date I am going to try to find the other recorded instances of this two dreamings at once thing.