Thursday, October 22, 2009

Virtually Lame


The other day when I was plastered to a couch, sick, I passed the time by watching many many episodes of Law & Order (in all its various incarnations). I happened to catch an episode of Law & Order Special Victims Unit, titled "Avatar." It basically centered around a kidnapping that was spawned from a virtual game world creeper. This sort of "gaming" has always freaked me out. I just don't get it, especially the whole sex part. It's not even like watching pornography- these are computer generated avatars simulating, well, everything.


Then, this morning, my NY times home page featured an article about people spending money in virtual worlds, despite the recession. What????!!!! I am further baffled. There are tons of people, all over the world, spending real money to buy stuff for their avatars. There is something seriously wrong here. You're gonna pay for a lap dance or a pair of shoes for your computer????? Who are these people? I must know someone out there that does this. Who are you? I am dying to know how/why you do this.

Further investigation of the matter unearthed more and more fascinating information. This headline really caught me: "Angry online divorcee 'kills' virtual ex-hubby." MSNBC had several articles on the subject, like "Virtual sex software spawns lawsuit" and
"Is a virtual affair real-world infidelity?"

I can think of a million better ways to spend my time and money, not the least of which is actually experiencing fun stuff in real life! Now, if you are one of these virtual lovers, please drop me a line and tell me wtf is up.

Avatar episode

1 comment:

brendan donnelly said...

ha! i've seen this episode! virtual reality is so much cooler now that ice t actually has a gangsta shop where you can buy items for your avatar. true story. look it up. and his wife coco has a avatar clothing line, again look it up to believe me.