Outside is a subreddit on the popular Reddit website. Reddit is a news and pop culture discussion board, broken into thousands upon thousands of subreddits, focused on individual topics. The saying goes, "There's a subreddit for everything", and there really is - it was proved to me when I stumbled on the subreddit for crossover My Little Pony/Warhammer 40,000 fan art. Outside is a slightly different animal. The subreddit exists in the midst of a joke we're all in on: the idea that the real world is a video game, called "Outside", that we're all playing. The subreddit serves as the official message board for that game.
Taking a look at the site, it's all mostly just jokes - people find funny pictures and describe them as AI glitches, or post a picture of a sunset and describe their graphics card setup. The subreddit also has a set of rules to stop the immersion from being broken that I find fascinating:
Since the rules are also written in character, you could spend a whole hour on this subreddit before you realized what was going on and joined in on the joke. It's a really fun thought experiment and time waster.
But every now and then, a thread comes up that does something different. Here's an example:
Here's the thing: We, as human beings, love to categorize things. In a world that makes very little sense, we want to try and make it make sense. And sometimes, the best way to explain a confusing and difficult concept so that people can empathize is to break it out of reality entirely. By placing a topic like "Why are people transgender?" in the context of a video game, we're able to explain through metaphor a concept that some people, who've never experienced not feeling comfortable with their own gender, might find difficult. Through that thread, a lot of people who never understand the issues they've never faced can suddenly have new insight, thanks to seeing the world as a video game. And that's fascinating.
I suggest you take the time and browse Outside a little bit. The jokes are funny, but the insights into human nature and your fellow man are really worth the stay.