Originally Posted by HitokiriShadow
Really? That's.... very odd. I wasn't going to blame the writer for this since I figured it was one of the things the anime cut (as it sounds like a lot of details were removed from the anime) but I guess I can/have to blame it on him after all. Either way, doesn't make it less odd to suddenly bring up here for the first time or mean that it wouldn't have dealt with one of the dumber complaints had it been mentioned early on.
The novels are told from Kirito's POV, right? If that's the case, either no one before Asuna told him, he didn't ask any info brokers, cared or wondered (he did seems intent on trying to beat the game). So, while I was thinking "oh great, now they bring it up" while watching the episode, it sort of makes sense it was brought up during that scene.
If the anime wasn't telling the story chronologically, we would have heard about it a few episodes earlier.