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No more hiding behind your avatars

 
 
Seed
 
Reply Sun 20 Dec, 2009 09:06 pm
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Microsoft submits new patent: now watch as the number of well-endowed girls on the Internet declines

by Sebastian Anthony (RSS feed) Dec 20th 2009 at 9:02AM
Some plucky researchers at Microsoft have just applied for a new patent, and it doesn't immediately come across as all that desirable. Its purpose: generating realistic avatars.

Your avatar is how you portray or display yourself on the Internet, be it on a forum or virtual world like World of Warcraft. An avatar usually takes the form of who you want to be, not who you are. Becoming someone else, if only for a short period, is part of the allure of the Internet -- it's escapism at its most pure.

It's interesting to see such a technology being worked on. You can see its appeal -- perhaps for family video games, like on the Wii -- but you can also imagine more nefarious uses. (Would all the blonde 15-year-olds from California suddenly disappear from the Internet?) Slashdot is reporting that its primary use will be to encourage users/gamers to exercise: your health records would be used to generate a fat avatar in a gaming environment. The theory is that it would drive the gamer to lose weight, with hopes of becoming a prettier Elf.

Imagine trying to pick up cute girls with a hideously over-weight avatar: it's a crazy idea, but, when you think about it, it might just work. (This is assuming that the cute girls are using the same technology to generate realistic-looking cute-girl avatars...)
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/12/20/microsoft-patent-realistic-avatars/
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 20 Dec, 2009 09:12 pm
@Seed,
What? You think Craven or Bill Gates is going to slap a pot belly on my little rat? Fat chance! Slim chance, in other words.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 20 Dec, 2009 09:22 pm
@Seed,
I really don't think this idealistic idea will succeed.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 20 Dec, 2009 09:24 pm
@roger,
I thought you were an anorexic rat, Roger! Why would you crush me dreams?! http://i50.tinypic.com/2rnzb85.jpg
You're really a human being? http://i50.tinypic.com/nwnh5g.jpg
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sun 20 Dec, 2009 09:30 pm
@tsarstepan,
It's roger...

Roger is a feline eunuch.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 20 Dec, 2009 09:35 pm
@Rockhead,
That makes so much sense now. http://i50.tinypic.com/35d8ars.jpg
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 20 Dec, 2009 09:39 pm
@Rockhead,
good one..
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 20 Dec, 2009 10:26 pm
@tsarstepan,
It's just a rat suit, tsarstepan. I take it off before bed, but it is getting a little harder to squeek into it in the mornings.
Ionus
 
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Reply Sun 20 Dec, 2009 11:02 pm
@Seed,
But....I already look like my avatar...or perhaps it looks like me...anyway, can I sue Microsoft ? By the way, what sort of phallic symbolism is micro-soft ?
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 20 Dec, 2009 11:51 pm
@roger,
Very Happy
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 03:35 am
@roger,
roger wrote:

It's just a rat suit, tsarstepan. I take it off before bed, but it is getting a little harder to squeek into it in the mornings.


Damn. It musta shrunk.
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