A coloured illustration on page 8 of Sword Art Online Volume 05.
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Sword Art Online Volume 05, Yen Press releaseEdit
Abbreviated to GGO. In a world ruled by firearms and steel, players strive to be the greatest gunner of them all. PK-ing is encouraged, and the game system rewards defeating other players in the same way it does defeating AI-controlled monsters. The weapons of GGO are classified as either live-ammo or optical guns, and the currently held theory is that live-ammo guns are best against players while optics are best against monsters. There are major differences between the two aside from their stats - optical guns all have fictional names and hand-designed appearances, while the live-ammo guns are modeled and named after existing guns. For this reason, the majority of GGO players are gun fanatics.
This gun is 138 centimeters (4.5 feet) long, weighing 13.8 kilograms (30.4 pounds). It fires enormous .50-caliber rounds (12.7 by 99 millimeters, or 0.5 inches wide). In the real world, this would be categorized as an anti-materiel sniper rifle meant for piercing military vehicles or structures - its overwhelming power makes it forbidden to use against human targets. The name "Hecate" was taken from the Greek goddess of the underworld.
The Hecate II within the world of GGO is an anti-materiel sniper rifle, of which there are only ten on the entire server. It is one of the rarest of the excavated weapons, which are not available for purchase in shops. It trades at the very high price of 20 million credits, which is about 200,000 yen in real money.
Gun Gale Online
Also known as GGO. In this world ruled by guns and steel, players aim to become the strongest gunman. Because PKing is possible, not only are there enemy monsters, but players who aim at the winning player. For weapons that appear in «GGO», there's a large difference in the usages of live-fire guns and optical guns. The most popular theory is that live-fire guns are effective against players while optical guns are effective against monsters. There are other traits which greatly differ between them, compared to optical guns which all have generated names and postures, live-fire guns are weapons that originally existed in the real world. Therefore, most of the players in «GGO» are gun maniacs.
In addition, «GGO» is the only VRMMO in Japan with professionals. Higher leveled players can earn a large amount of currency online due to «Game Coin to Currency Recompensing System». As long as they keep getting high scores in «GGO», they can earn their living expenses.This is the reason why «GGO» players devote so much passion and time to it.
PGM Ultima Ratio Hecate II
Length 1380 mm, weight 13.8 kg. Uses 50 caliber (Diameter 12.7*99 mm) ammunition. In the real world, it belongs to the object sniping category, it's main purpose being to shoot through vehicles and buildings (Due to it's great power, shooting it at people is forbidden). The so-called «Hecate» is the goddess who rules over the underworld in Greek mythology.
In «GGO», «Hecate II» is one of merely 10 «Anti-Equipment Sniper Rifles» that cannot be found in shops, it is also the rarest type of «Excavated Weapon» that cannot be bought in shops. Transaction price is high, currently priced at 20 million credits (Equivalent to 200 thousand yen).
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