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26 August 2004 @ 11:10 am
'Virtual Girlfriend' Demands Gifts

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HONG KONG - She needs to be coddled with sweet talk and pampered with gifts, but you'll never see her in the flesh. A Hong Kong company has developed a "virtual girlfriend" for new cell phones with video capability.
Artificial Life Inc.'s electronic love interest — sort of a Tamagotchi for adults — will appear as an animated figure on a telephone screen and respond by voice to text messages you send.

But she'll require a lot of attention, involving virtual flowers and diamonds, company spokeswoman Ada Fong said. Though gifts are nothing but data, suitors will have to pay cold, hard cash.

Fong said prices have yet to be determined.

If she's neglected, "she'll be unhappy and she won't talk to you," Fong added.

Calling the game "suitable for all ages," Fong said the game won't allow sexual interaction.

Artificial Life hopes to launch the service in the English, Japanese and Korean languages in late November, though no wireless operator has yet to agree to offer it. The company also hopes to develop a virtual boyfriend by early next year.

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Locrianlocriansax on August 26th, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)
wow. what a waste of disposable income...wish i had some disposable income. though makes me realize how fortunate i am to have a real b.f.
man. what some people will spend their money on.
More than a little wonky...apogeeperigee on August 26th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC)
I wonder what the features of the virtual boyfriend would be:

1. bad reception
2. line is usually busy
3. it gets YOU crappy presents
4. it will ONLY talk to you when you ignore it