Since it has become so fashionable to wear your heart on your sleeve, the oohs and aahs that have greeted the first ‘lover-in-the-pocket’ are to be expected. A Spain-based mobile content provider, Kitmaker, has created a virtual ‘lover’ that (or should that read who...) can be downloaded, however unromantic that may sound. The makers of the game promise that the lover will neither complain if ignored, nor be wanting in caring for you.
The idea is apparently to gift yourself a friend for life to exchange sweet nothings with, and just press delete when you’ve had enough. Or even better, download an improved and updated version whenever the fancy catches you. Clearly, more than a virtual reality, a lover tucked away within the confines of digitised bytes is an exciting prospect that can lend itself to a new genre of alternative reality gaming.
After all, when real-time human relations are so precarious, it is much easier to deal with robotic, automated and animated lovers who/that one can get rid of with the press of a button. But, alas, technological marvels aside, the thought of a lover not hot-blooded and real leaves us rather cold.