Hello, everybody. After writing for KTR for a little while last summer, the blogging bug has bit me again, so here I’ve returned!
I thought I’d share this comic I spotted on Digg just now. Go ahead and read it first.
It’s really touching, and I think a wonderful example of the emotional reality of human relationships in virtual worlds. Funny, too, since Animal Crossing (Wikipedia) isn’t even online, much less massively multiplayer. (Does the world even count as “persistent” since it doesn’t exist while the console is off?)
The topic of the realness of relationships in virtual worlds has been covered beautifully in Julian Dibbell’s book My Tiny Life. Raph Koster did a short touching essay, A Story About A Tree, and I’m sure there are countless others. To me, this comic presents the same potent theme, now in an extra-brief, more non-gamer-friendly form.