Specific Media Timelines
.hack Official Website Timeline
The North American version of the .hack website (dothack.com) had a page dedicated to the series timeline. This was available until the website was updated for the G.U. series, therefor this information mostly applied to the Games Tetralogy and .hack//SIGN. The events largely match the AI Buster 2 Timeline with some translation differences.
|End of the 20th Century
|The global information highway known as the "internet" is born from the Department of Defense's ARPANET. By 1999, the internet is accessible to most of the world.
|Beginning of 21st Century
|Through spread of the network, "Democratization of Information" occurs. As a result, it becomes difficult to conceal information. Dictatorships and police states are on the verge of extinction. By he end of the first five years of the 21st century, communist dictatorship in East Asia and military states in the Middle East either disappear from the face of the Earth, or are forced to change their system of government. However, problems with network hackers attacking host servers and instigating other internet crimes exponentially increase as they change their methods of operation and increase the frequency of their attacks.
|The World Network Council (WNC) is formed under the United Nations. All countries with internet environments are obligated to join the council.
|WNC Winter General Meeting is held (the first WNC general meeting). Each country quickly discloses their differences in expectations and difficulty in making adjustments. It becomes a general meeting that tests the limits of the WNC.
|Outbreak of the new type of virus, "Hello WNC," occurs. The M Company's e-mail program, which held 70% of the market share at the time, is targeted. In the end, there were over several million reports of damage.
|WNC Summer General Meeting is held. The main agenda on the table is the counter-measure against "Hello WNC." International public opinion opposing this necessity quickly rises as WNC is unable to reach any decision or take any drastic or landmark measures.
|Outbreak of a new type of virus, "Deadly Flash" occurs. Seven people are dead. The death penalty is ruled for the first time in internet crime history for the Japanese man who created the virus.
|WNC Spring General Meeting is held. The Japanese, German, and Italian delegations propose the concept of "New Generation Hyper Net," but it is vetoed by the objections from the United States and China. As a result, only agendas such as the "Advancement of Research and Investigation of New Type of Viruses," "Support for New Development of Security Techniques," and "Stronger Punishment for Cyber Crimes such as Hacking and Computer Virus Creations" are voted upon.
|The host computer of the Swiss Banks is hacked. Losses are reported to be over 80 billion dollars. A terrorist organization active in the 20th century claims responsibility, but the culprit is yet to be apprehended.
|Stock prices in the New York Stock Exchange repeatedly show high surges and drops. From a manifesto issued by the culprit, it becomes clear that the main computers in the Stock Exchange on Wall Street and major securities companies have been hacked. The culprit is yet to be caught.
|Spring - Fall 2005
|With the surge in cyber crime, the existence of the WNC, which only displays the slogan of "Support for Security Development" and "Elimination of Cyber Crimes," becomes questionable.
|"Pluto's Kiss" outbreak occurs. All networks on the globe crash on December 24th. Almost all computers and communication control systems connected to the network experience malfunctions, wreaking havoc and chaos over the world. This day the network that has spread to the far reaches of the globe, "meets death." The network recovers 77 minutes after the incident, but inherent dangers such as the triggering of the United States' nuclear defense systems and automated counter-strike program, still loom. The culprit is a 10-year-old grade school student. The "Democratization of Cyber Crimes" results as a consequence of the "Democratization of Information."
|Jim Stonecold, the 44th President of the United states of America, resigns, taking responsibility for the "Pluto's Kiss" incident.
WNC Winter General Meeting is held. The proposal of "New Generation Hyper Net" from 2005 resurfaces and the only OS that evaded the "Pluto's Kiss," ALTIMIT is designated as the universal basic operating system.
|The business OS, "ALTIMIT," becomes available to the general public. Also around this time, the core members of the ALTIMIT developing team depart from the company and establish CyberConnect Corporation.
|The next generation network system using ALTIMIT spreads across the world. A communication network volume before the "Pluto's Kiss" is completed. ALTIMIT Co. (headquartered in San Francisco), establishes local subsidiaries in 12 different locations throughout the globe.
|Testing of the ALTIMIT network game, "Fragment," begins. After the "Pluto's Kiss" incident, all forms of network entertainment are restricted, but this project is granted special permission from the WNC to be conducted to "invigorate the currently dead network entertainment markets."
|"Fragment" dominates the board for network users. Rumors spread that "Fragment" is based upon the network epic, "Epitaph of Twilight," which is famous among certain groups of users. CC Corporation joins the international stock market.
|WNC makes an official announcement that as of October 31st, nearly 100% of all network servers in the world have been ported to ALTIMIT OS. It is also announced that all network restrictions will be lifted as of midnight December 24th (Network Peace Proclamation). The United Nations votes to make this day an international holiday known as "Virgin's Kiss."
|First half of November 2007
|Reservation for "The World" begins. 1 million users log in the first hour. CC Corporation's total stock value surpasses ALTIMIT Co.
|Second half of November 2007
|Rumors of "The World" not being released spreads among the network community. CC Corporation denies the rumor.
|December 24, 2007
|"Virgin's Kiss" arrives. President Alex Coleman announces the "Network Peace Proclamation" to the world. Download of "The World" commences.
AI Buster 2
The gif image for the timeline hosted on dothack.com appears to have barely-legible unauthorized text from the person who made the image, who appears to be complaining about having to make the image.
Time Line is historically showing the history of .hack and "The World"
Its' fuckin boaring so make this fuckin horizontally long pane.
What the fuck is this?!