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December 18, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 18, 2008 |

I’m both fascinated and more than a little weirded out by the virtual reality game, A Second Life, which — from what I can deduce — is kind of like Sim City, only you’re playing with real people. You can court folks online, marry them, start families, and basically carry on another life in an alternate, virtual universe — it’s kind of like the Pajiba comments section. And people take this shit seriously — over on QuizLaw, I’ve written about a couple of legal cases involving Second Life (and a Japanese version), where one woman was arrested for killing her virtual husband for having an affair with a virtual mistress, and another case where a woman who met her husband on Second Life ended up divorcing him after she found out he was having an affair with another woman. In Second Life.

See what I mean? It’s serious goddamn business.

And I won’t argue that Second Life and its intersection with a person’s First Life wouldn’t make for a compelling film. The movie in question — which will be directed by The Pirates of Caribbean’s Gore Verbinski — will be based on a WSJ article about a woman who joins a support group after she discovers her real-life husband is involved in a virtual marriage, one that entails paying the mortgage, shopping together, and walking their dogs. According to Variety, the article by Alexandra Alter focuses on a married man who spends as many as 20 hours a day on a computer, existing through an avatar who is a thriving, musclebound entrepreneur. In reality, he is a diabetic, chain-smoking 53-year-old.” Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) will write the script.

You have to consider it cheating, right? I mean, there’s no question. Right? Of course, if Mrs. Pajiba-hyphenate found out I were having an affair on Second Life, I dunno if she’d ditch me for having an affair or because I was addicted to Second Life.

And Way Beyond Creepy / Dustin Rowles

Industry | December 18, 2008 |

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