Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?

Posted: November 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

The music video Do You Wanna Date My Avatar is comprised of the cast of the The Guild, a comedy web series about video games players. Creator of the show, Felicia Day, wrote this song with the help of Jed Whedon.

The song was a huge hit when it first released, with 1 million views on YouTube and #1 spots on iTunes & Amazon. The song has been praised as a highly professional production with well-written lyrics and choreography. The satirical song relates to geeks who play games such as World of Warcraft, but also the people who may dismiss such games as stupid. So what explains the song’s popularity? Well, it speaks incredible truth to those who play these types of games.

MMOs are games such as World of Warcraft and Everquest, where a mass amount of people are playing online together. You can play with friends or complete strangers from all around the world. In this world I’m not “Savannah the Human” anymore. Instead, I can name myself, change my race and even change my gender. This will be my identity in this world. Although the song is parodying the fact that avatars become these better-than-reality beings, it is still conveying an importance message: That online, you can have relationships with someone’s “avatar” because instead of it being some purple guy on the screen, it’s a human being. That’s why there have been numerous cases of marriages and relationships that happen because of MMOs.

"Purple Guy On Screen." My Future Husband?

In this case, video games can be compared to soap operas. As Christine Gledhill put it

…soap opera serials offers a fictional experience which audiences encounter as part of a routine in which fiction and everyday life intertwines–to such a degree in fact that major events in soap opera characters’ lives become national news…

The point that is being made is that although soap operas are not “real” they become so apart of everday life that the lines become blurred. In this scenario, they become so blurred that the the lives of characters end up on the news. However, with MMOs it is a little different. MMOs are dismissed as pointless, fictional games yet this is proven false when real relationships and marriages come out of the virtual realm. That is also why The Guilds‘ parody song was also such a hit; because there is truth in the lyrics.

 

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