Yeap! Just what you wanted to read, right?
I work, and practically live, in a thing called "Second Life." To be honest, the only reason I spend so much time there is due the fact I make my living there. For those of you not familiar with Second Life, think of it as a freeform MMO.
A friend of mine interrupted my work one day with a link to a music video. I was working (as I always am) but this friend has a bad habit of posting distracting links. I figured this was just another vid with an animated pear dancing to a song screaming... nevermind. I was surprised at the title, "Do you Wanna Date My Avatar." In Second Life, all of the "characters" are called avatars. If you're at all familiar with SL, you know that a lot of the inside MMO jokes in the song also fit really well for SL. I was so, erm... tickled, by it that I couldn't stop watching it. I watched it three times, four times, downloaded the video and put it on repeat in my music player, and kept listening to it for the next few days even while I was working. I couldn't get over it.
Then it hit me. "I wonder if the person who did this video has done anything else?" Clickety-click, I was at YouTube, and found the profile of the Guild's account. Season 1 of the webisodes! :O I started watching, and was immediately captured by the personal narration before each one by the main character. "Awesome!" I thought, and watched all of them in one sitting, and started link posting to all of my friends that I thought might be remotely interested. Then I went back to listening to the music video again, which had already found its way onto my MP3 player by this point.
Season 2 came, and I was really hooked. I launched into the second stage of my fan-ism, and discovered the official website. I looked up the profiles of the characters, found out that the main character and I had an oddly parallel life, except for important differences like her being a girl and me being a guy. Both being about the same age, both born in Huntsville, both home-schooled through high school, both having a period of addiction to WoW, both getting out of that addiction, and now living in California.
Yeap. I thought it was creepy too.
Anyway. Many weeks pass. I go on to work more as is my usual agenda, checking YouTube every once in a while to see if there were updates. I was disappointed. They said the new season was coming in August, and it was already almost through September. Then I saw the notice, "Season 3 on Zune!" - Clicky-click-click, I installed Zune, and caught up on my dosage of the guild. I revisited the website, and discovered a chatroom! Tickle me pink and call me Auntie Mane. I signed up.
Yeah, you really thought I was going to have some sort of story-climax, didn't you. That'll come in a later blog. In the meantime I'll gloat over how I just got you to read an entire series of paragraphs. Yay for the guild!
Can't say I didn't warn ya. I ~Said~ it was boring, didn't I?