IGN writes: "Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and the three of us each has a hot date all lined up. But we also have a secret. On the most romantic day of the year, a part of each of our minds will probably be thinking about the virtual relationships we've been cultivating with our new favorite game characters. Creepy? Maybe. But we're pretty sure we're not alone.
There was a time when such an idea would have been unthinkable. We love games dearly, but there's traditionally been an emotional barrier between gamers and the avatars they occupy and interact with. As lovable (or desirable) as some of our favorite game characters are, most have always been fairly one-dimensional. That's changing."