Love Online

CA_Amy2We all play video games, or so it seems.  From Facebook to our phones, there’s a simple app to make it easy to lose a few minutes between whatever we’re waiting for.  Computers, consoles, and mobile devices, they all have a selection, and we love them.

We also find love on them.  So many of these games are cooperative.  After a few weeks, we make friends.  A couple months later, and it’s become a habit to flirt with that one guy/girl who makes us laugh.  Not long after that, an online pal turns into someone we’re texting, messaging, and thinking about taking a vacation to meet in person.

Two decades ago, it was shocking.  That person on the other end of the monitor had to be a stalker, serial killer, or axe murderer.  Ten years ago, only “losers” found love online.  Today, most people meet their significant other through the help of the internet.  Whether that’s through social media, an online dating site, or finding the partner of our dreams in a game, it’s not a big deal.  It’s normal.  Everyone knows someone who did it.

So why don’t we read about it in the books we love?  Why do Romance and Fantasy still try to avoid any technology?  Cell phones are basically ignored, the hours lost on a computer or tablet never happen in the story, and our heroes/heroines act like they are stuck in the 80s.

I have a theory.  I think it’s because so much of our tech is, well, technical.  I happen to work for an internet service provider.  I’m a gamer.  I can talk about the specs of my hard drive, video card, CPU, and overclocking.  I get lost in the minutia of dissecting game mechanics.

I happen to work for an internet service provider.  I’m a gamer.  I can talk about the specs of my hard drive, video card, CPU, and overclocking.  I get lost in the minutia of dissecting game mechanics.  I think this makes me qualified enough to write a book about professional gamers.  I also know that most of this stuff is annoying crap to readers.  They don’t want to learn engineering in order to enjoy a book, but they notice glaring mistakes.  They know that placing a cell phone beside a tablet doesn’t always get a connection.  They know that Google doesn’t work very well offline.  Readers aren’t stupid, even if it isn’t their field of interest, and writers are terrified of messing it up!

So, hold onto your seats, people, because I’m writing a love story for the virtual world.  Gaming, cell phones, hacking, scripting, and data surveillance.  Oh yeah… and it was all inspired by Gamer Gate.

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