Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Tech Digest: Second Life ""not just a white middle-class geek tool any more"

“Second Life is very much about real people living virtual lives,” he said. “We find that when people go in for the first time, they tend to create a wild crazy avatar with blue hair and all that. But over time they tend to mould it to be more like them. This isn’t a game. The relationships you form in there are real relationships.”

This is only creepy if a second Life relationship is somehow considered more real than a pen pal or a chat buddy. Either way, I'm skeptical. The context of fantasy means that what would otherwise be a lie isn't really a lie anymore, it's just part of the game, right?

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