Had lunch with a friend just now, one of the Seven Sages of the Chinese Internet World, very tapped into what's happening in the scene. He'd just seen my post on the Chinese Second Life, HiPiHi, and mentioned--so did Fanfan--another similar game, though more Chinese historical costume-drama themed, that's been running for a while called Wanmei Shijie (完美世界). One of Fanfan's friends is thoroughly addicted.
While I held that HiPiHi (and/or the clones-of-clones that are bound to come tumbling after) will probably fare well in China, my friend wondered how it's going to work without the two great pillars of Second Life: Sex and gambling. I guess I've been out of touch, but evidently that's what it's all about. Shouldn't surprise me. I guess China's virtual worlds will be properly Bowdlerized.
It's testimony to the excellence of the fare at the little newly-opened Mexican restaruant at Wanda Guoji that I was able to eat even after my friend whipped out his SmartPhone and proudly showed me a clip of his avatar in flagrante delicto with someone else's. Nicely appointed room, I thought. "That's me on top," he said. And the woman? "His name is probably Frank, and he probably lives in Iowa." He went on the explain that you attach your member, select a position from a menu, and can control the rate of humping. Do you ever, you know, actually bring things to a climax? I asked, though less euphemistically. "That's the great thing," he said. "You can go for hours!"
Gee, sounds like tremendous fun. Who needs Kundilini Yoga?