The virtual world blogging community at Thumdar.com.
Funny how people you spend so much time with, day in and day out, suddenly change their mind about what is real and not. I have heard so many times that "this is just a game" from people who have spent so much time in "the game". Mostly they are people who get pissed off and decide to leave. To me, that's such a funny statement. How can something not real or "a game" have such an effect on you RL (real life)?
My thoughts on this:
Anything that we do, that effects our life is real. The pixels that make up an avatar do not feel emotion, but the creator, or controller of that avatar is a very real person. You are the living extension of everything you do in these virtual words that some call home. Each word, either typed or spoken, is done by a real person. The art and craftsmanship put into the homes, cars, clothing, signs, structures is no different that Beethoven or Da Vinci. It takes real talent to create and even distribute these items. Just like in your real life, some are better that others, and people have opinions to which are the best. The fact remains though, it is real.
I have made several great friends, and had some good encounters with people who I meet in there.com. I have had an opportunity to help people with problems in world and in their own personal reality. I myself have found myself sharing things with people in "game" some of my personal tragedy as well. Just recently my rl daughter went through the most traumatic thing in her life. My friends in there.com were there for me. I needed support for me as I supported my daughter through the trial of the man who rapped her. I would say, that the family I have in there.com was there for me more that anyone in rl. Maybe I had an easier time talking to them because is wasn't face to face, but none the less, they truly helped me through a tough time.
I would say, these VR worlds are somewhat of a game, but it takes real people to play them, and emotions and feelings are real, thus making it a reality.
Be careful what you say to an avatar, because it's a person who hears you!!!