Everyone expected realism. Just not this real.
First, the bit parts were behaving a lot more tempermentally than usual. You expect some personality and flavor from the stock characters, but not to the extent of their storming off in a huff before they'd delivered their expected clues. Then, the synthenesia was a lot better than anything anyone had seen. The smells, for one. No VirtuoWriter ever spends that much time programming the smells. The illusion was utterly convincing.
And, most distressingly of all, when Lucas Johnson got killed for stealing a goat, his ghost didn't appear to take its parting bow. He just lay there.
That was when people started to realize that something had gone wrong, that things had turned upside-down, in the game of