On top of a general subscription, men will be charged a fee to buy flowers and gifts for the virtual girlfriend. In return, she will introduce them to different aspects of her life, like letting them meet her female friends – also electronic images. If players neglect her, she will refuse to speak. . . . The company has plans to introduce a virtual boyfriend for women, although it remains to be seen how it will persuade them to spend extra money on the game.
Remember those Tamagotchi virtual pets of a few years ago, virtual nightmares that had to be fed, walked, and pampered or they died? Now, Hong Kong-based Artificial Life has come up with a virtual girlfriend that has all those same needs; feed, walk, and pamper her or she gives you the silent treatment and you only wish she’d die. It doesn’t get any more virtual than that. BBC News reports that she’s an animated female – not unlike the hot ‘n’ sultry Lara Croft – who appears on the video screens of cellphones and is soon to star in her own game on latest 3-G cells.