In this intermittently run series we search out the creme de le creme of oddball user comments, and ask readers to spare a thought for the lost souls who write them.
This week: Crazy Christmas Shopping Simulator 2
If you thought Christmas YouTube would be all badly complied memes blaming Christmas trees on the Freemasons and cultural Marxists, excessive unboxings and lonely vlogs, think again. Cutesy online gamer LDShadowLady has posted this, where she plays an online simulator mimicking crazed end of year shopping.
The exchange kicked off by Gamergirlmash reminded me of something unspecific to her community - video game watchers, simulator enjoyers, whatever - but to our virtual lives as a whole. We often think of social media, comments sections, online avatars as being means by which we can live out our fantasies, be different people, explore different experiences; that there's an ambiguous fantasy element to it. However, this is the other side of the coin; the way which we can take advanced technology, instant communication, and turn it into the sort of banal convo you'd walk away from at a work Christmas party. Unneccessary input, ignored comment, inexplicable confusion - human, all too human.
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