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The marriage saver

To prevent your significant other from leaving you since all you do is play internet games all the time
 
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This would only work for games with a monthly charge (e.g. Everquest, World of Warcraft), but add an option to send your significant other either flowers (for women) or beer and a pizza (for men) once a month. Other options might include special "quests" to remember your anniversary, take out the trash, feed the kids, not get fired from your job, etc.

Alternatively, the game could become a sort of intermediary between you and your spouse, where they could enter tasks for you to do, and you would receive in-game rewards for completing them, or suffer penalties for failure...

codejack, Nov 08 2005

Not just your marriage is in danger... http://www.vnunet.c...rcraft-gamers-stage
[wagster, Nov 09 2005]

Are You Living In a Computer Simulation? http://www.simulation-argument.com/
[Zuzu, Nov 09 2005]

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       Plenty of web sites now exist to do this very thing (send gifts on a regular basis), even if they're not tied into role playing sites. Perhaps if you weren't stuck on the computer all day long, you'd've seen the ads...   

       P.S. I have to say, without knowing any of your personal details (or your spouse's), I really doubt this is going to save your marriage.
DrCurry, Nov 08 2005
  

       "I'll give you anything my friend, if it makes you feel all right For I don't care too much for money, for money can't buy me love" Perhaps a message that pops up after you've been playing online for x many hours which says "You are neglecting your spouse, go do something else".   

       Seriously though, this would only have any possible benefit until your spouse realises that the mysterious presents are always coming on the same date each month.
hidden truths, Nov 08 2005
  

       Somehow everytime my g/f and I play mindgames, I lose.
RayfordSteele, Nov 08 2005
  

       I like the idea of bringing the outside world into a game but, if a couple have an asymmetric enough relationship for this idea to work then I worry about their future. Then again, for kids and parents (who have an asymmetric relationship anyway) this could work.
"You have gained the crystal of takenoutthetrash. You combine it with the amulet of tidiedyourroom and gain +5HP on all vampire attacks."
st3f, Nov 09 2005
  

       These people have spouses???!!
Minimal, Nov 09 2005
  

       "Tiny?" There are a growing number of people who make their livings in the online game world. I don't think that the virtual world will remain tiny, or imaginary, for long. I believe it will become an economic and tangible entity perhaps exceeding our real world in terms of interaction, business, pleasure, learning and life in general.
bristolz, Nov 09 2005
  

       And that is a truly frightening thought. I have noted before that the fundamental flaw in the Matrix II & III scripts is that it should have turned out that the humans *chose* their total immersion.
DrCurry, Nov 09 2005
  

       Frightening? Why? That seems a fear of fear. Society is always changing and this seems as natural a part of progression as much of history.
bristolz, Nov 09 2005
  

       Have the seen the color of gamers' skin? Pretty darn frightening.   

       Never been afraid of the future, but I am concerned that if we spend too much time immersed in virtuality, we won't ever come up for air (as noted, see under Matrix). Or we'll all get swept into aggressive hegemonizing entities (see under Borg, but without the heavy machinery).
DrCurry, Nov 09 2005
  

       Games have always been useful in allowing us to experiment with things we cannot do in real life, and these games allows us to do it with much greater sophistication. It just seems to me that if they replace reality rather than hold a mirror to it, they cease to be relevant. Maybe I'm giving them more credit than they're due. I'm with the Doctor on this one.
wagster, Nov 09 2005
  

       I totally love this idea! Whats all the fuss. I don't play the games anymore but heck yeah! Lets put the romance thing back into role playing/ time wasting. This is where the whole romance thing was always meant to be anyway isn't it ? SUPER BUN for you.
Ponies for Parties, Dec 21 2005
  
      
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