Phew! Relax guys, you’ll never have to worry about all the problems that come with real ladies again. Sure, virtual girlfriends don’t have lady parts like I do, but then again real sex can be so much ickier and difficult than it look on the internet. And give it time, they’ll fix that user experience. The age of virtual partners is here.
This YouTube video showcases an augmented reality system that, used in conjunction with virtual reality glasses, can project the Japanese cartoon pop-star Hatsune Miku into a user’s life in the role of girlfriend.
In the video, the user and video-uploader Alsionesvx takes Hatsune to the park, where she walks with him and waits for him docilely, her long, fake, blue pigtails blowing in the wind. Then, about two minutes into the video, we see Hatusune in what one assumes is Alsionesvx’s kitchen, where, to show her ability to respond, a disembodied arm touches her lightly on the head, fingers her tie and then…punches her twice in the head.
Around here, we try and be really respectful of the fact that way we develop and exist in relationships is changing at the rate of technology. We embrace change.
But, I seriously don’t know what to say about this. It seems bizarre. But, in a recent conversation with two successful, not weird dudes who play a lot of video games, both men jovially assented: “Yeah, man, I can totally lose 10 hours in Skyrim.”
So, maybe this is just like a walking, talking Sims? Except, embracing change, doesn’t mean blindness regarding the new challenges that arise when things well, change.
Technology that allows men to act out any range of desires from violence to romance on fairytale, submissive women, seems truly dissociative — even if they aren’t the loneliest, most pathetic dorks on the planet.
But then, romance and relationships are proving to be an increasing focus for young men. Women have survived, and we’ve been raised on the relationship fairytale, even though it’s unrealistic. Is it man’s turn now? To be fair, I used to beat up my Ken dolls, too. Only wait, I was nine.
I’m going to go ahead and hold the line on this one. Verdict: creepy.
Alison Steedman is the editor at Dating & Hookup. She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and their histrionic cat, Charles Dickens, where she still carries on a nostalgic and long-distance love affair with her 20's in Brooklyn, NY. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @yosteedman, and you can also send her your writing at [email protected], both of which make her very happy.
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