I spotted this interesting account of this guy who spent way too much time playing World of Warcraft. Apparently if you spend 80 hours a week online you gain lots of weight, lose most of your friends and don’t accomplish those elusive life goals — unless one of them is “become senior guild officer.” Who knew?
Seriously, though — virtual reality is only going to get better and more attractive and you’ve got to wonder what that’s going to mean for some folks who have a tenuous hold on reality to begin wiht. How long is it before “serious” gamers hook up to IV’s and catheters so that they can play without being interrupted by bodily functions? Will people start to neglect their “real” bodies so they can spend more time in their avatars’ skin? I wrote a short story based on this idea maybe 15 years ago, and it’s starting to seem less and less like science fiction.