September 15, 2004

The New Romance

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at September 15, 2004 4:36 PM

I have only one question: Why?

Romancing the phone

HONG KONG, China (CNN) -- For men seeking true romance there is now a new mating game with an unusual twist -- it is virtual and mobile.

A fantasy world in which lovesick men can wine and dine a virtual girlfriend on their 3G phones is about to be rolled out in Asia and Europe.

You will soon be able to download an artificial girlfriend, then track her movements via images on a 3G mobile handset. All the likely suitor needs to do is push the right buttons -- literally.

Aimed at males between the ages of 15 and 35, the virtual girlfriend uses up a lot of bandwidth -- shopping, dining, going to bars and the gym.


I'm a chronically single male technophile, smack in the middle of the target age range, and even I think this is pathetic. What's the appeal here? At least Warren's robot girlfriend was "fully functional".

(I just referenced Buffy and Star Trek in a single sentence—they'll probably offer to let me beta test this service.)

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At least Warren's robot girlfriend was "fully functional".

A small part of me just died....bad Travis. Bad.

Posted by: Vanessa | September 15, 2004 6:13 PM

SO let me get this straight: You have all the WORK of having a girlfriend, (i.e. "shower the virtual girlfriend with gifts, paying with real money"), and none of the...um...fun? That sounds really crappy...

:)

Posted by: Tracy | September 16, 2004 10:50 AM
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