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Call me strange, but I don’t drive a Humvee armed with a 50-caliber gun turret shooting up the neighborhood.
I don’t engage in mortal combat with 800-pound lizard-people, vaporizing them with crystal swords or energy grenades.
I don’t fight evil hordes of Planet Zorton, protecting the planet from certain doom. And yet somehow, I manage to cope with the day-to-day existence known to normal people as “life.”
There are many alternate realities available today, ranging from the mundane (“SimCity”) to the truly warped (“Second Life”). For those who can’t enjoy their day without at least a few dozen homicides, “World of Warcraft” and “Grand Theft Auto” provide ample opportunities to exercise those sociopathic tendencies that we usually hide from our friends at work.
But a far more insidious virtual reality is slowly taking over our everyday lives.
Does anyone remember bowling? You know, that silly game where you roll a ball down an alley? It was a strange game. You had to leave your house and go out with other people to a place where you had to pick up a ball and throw it. Now really, how could spending an evening with friends be fun? And who wants to pick up a ball anyway?
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