Originally Posted by relentlessflame
I think it makes more sense to assume that Kirito and Asuna's will was able to somehow exceed the limits of what was anticipated by the programmer. This could be why, for example, Kirito exceeded Heathcliff's expectation in the first dual requiring him to use the system-assist function, and why he was able to find enough strength to thrust a sword despite being in "death status". During all of Kirito's "crowning moments of glory", he's pushing himself to go faster, and faster (he had the fastest response time in the game), and he said here in this episode that his normal sword techniques relied on his own skill (as opposed to the sword skills, like combos, that are pre-programmed by the game). So anyway... with all this backstory, I think the suggestion is: even in a programmed world, the human mind is able to bend the rules that surround them.
I pretty much agree, but I think it's less a question of bending the rules than that the rules were flexible to begin with. Yui certainly was outside of the parameters of the game, for example. Asuna moving while paralyzed appeared to be a cheat, but then she was made an immortal object by Kayaba which was not in the standard rule book either. Unexpected interactions between functions is not uncommon in programming, so immortality allowing her to overcome her paralysis seems reasonable. As for Kirito moving while dead, consider the fact that he sees the message "you're dead". It's seems that Kayaba is one sadistic dude. He set the game so that people see that they're going to die by rubbing it in. Then, there is a short gap before he kills them so they get to absorb the fact. How many people in that situation are going to try to do something? Not many. That was the loophole that Kayaba didn't realize was available to Kirito. With his speed there was just enough time to kill Kayaba and end the game. Kayaba kept underestimating Kirito's abilities by assuming that only the game abilities which he programmed were usable by the players. He didn't realize that Kirito had also worked to improve his reaction times beyond the standard abilities. So at least from my POV the events were reasonable.