British Gamers Prefer Virtual Girls

image A survey of British (male) gamers found that 61% of them would rather go on a date with the virtual Lara Croft, rather than the real flesh-and-blood model Jordan. These must be the same people who have a virtual girlfriend on their mobile phone and order up imaginary girlfriends from eBay. In fairness, I can see why the gamers might have said this. After all, Jordan doesn't rank too high on the reality index herself (and as one guy put it, she seems like she'd be "mind-numbingly dull" in person). But still, she does have the benefit of being real. (via Sexy Pop Culture)


Posted on Thu Aug 26, 2004


This reminds me of the conventions I go to where people dress up like Japanese cartoon characters and video game characters. People associate the people with the characters and therefore attach themselves to them. It's quite frightening to see a girl dressed as a popular male character with a bunch of rabid fangirls squealing and "glomping" (combination tackle-hug) her.

My character when I went this summer was a mad scientist (I adore the mad scientist archetype so that character automatically appealed to me) and people dressed as characters from that game kept begging me to "experiment" on them. So I guess the point is people can't help it if they're attracted to fictional characters...just please leave the people who are dressed as them out of it.

(Note: There are some frightening, delusional people who, after doing this for a while, start to really believe they are their characters. I made my friends promise if I ever go that far they'd shoot me down on the spot.)
Posted by Goo  on  Fri Aug 27, 2004  at  06:42 AM
That does it... I'm going to have to get a bishonen costume! 😊

But when you think about it, the average male hardcore gaming enthusiast has roughly equal chances of getting a date with Lara Croft or Jordan.
Posted by Matt  on  Fri Aug 27, 2004  at  08:53 AM
This is kind of sad.
Posted by Alex  on  Sun Aug 29, 2004  at  08:59 PM
Hmm. Doesn't seem at all odd to me to rank a hypothetical real Lara Croft against a hyopthetical available Jordan (I gather from the story that she's married or at least dating). I already have to imagine that she's not with somebody and that I move in the right circles to actually meet her in order to imagine what it would be like to date her, so it's already a fantasy - for Lara Croft, it's the same fantasy but with the extra condition that she's a real person.

If you asked me, "Would you rather date Lara Croft or that cute girl who works at the coffee shop," the answer should be obvious.
Posted by Joe  on  Mon Aug 30, 2004  at  07:46 AM
There's nothing wrong with people at japanese anime conventions. You might find it weird if you're not used to it, but it's pretty common. It's all in fun and it's just part of the experience.
Posted by Rita  on  Mon Aug 30, 2004  at  04:48 PM
well yes i would date lara croft (if she was real) rather than jordan, but that is because i utterly loathe jordan and everything she is affiliated with, i will be happy on the day she dies from silicone poisoning

hell id rather attempt to date an electronic image rather than jordan
Posted by dee  on  Sun Sep 05, 2004  at  05:54 AM
hi there xxxxx
Posted by nikki  on  Tue May 03, 2005  at  11:50 AM
I don
Posted by Ryan  on  Sat Jul 09, 2005  at  04:08 AM
R u people sexy? :roll:
Posted by Kark  on  Sat Oct 29, 2005  at  10:00 PM
That does it I'm going to have to get a bishonen costume!

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Posted by ana  on  Wed Feb 06, 2008  at  08:53 AM
I think people are quick to use statistics to make gamers look like tools or nerds...but just looking at this does make me feel bad for the people wanting to hang out with a virtual character over a real one...perhaps the real one wasn't interesting to them? like you stated.
Posted by Matt  on  Thu Feb 07, 2008  at  11:01 AM
But then again I'm a hardcore gamer myself 😉... theres a spot for these brit gamers lol Gamer Social Network
Posted by Matt  on  Thu Feb 07, 2008  at  11:06 AM
But when you think about it, the average male hardcore gaming enthusiast has roughly equal chances of getting a date with Lara Croft or Jordan.
Posted by forum  on  Mon Jul 13, 2009  at  02:30 PM
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