People react to women, even fake women, in online video games. Computer-controlled characters will try to flirt with me. Characters controlled by actual people tend to be kind of hateful. “That bitch just stole my Elegy FX.” “Oh shit, even the fuckin’ Silver Woman has more kills than you, man.”
I can attest to the sentiments expressed in this article being true. I have what I refer to as a GTA boyfriend, and it’s not because I am at all interested in pursuing a real-life romance with him, but rather because ever since we have started playing GTA Online together, he kills any other man who attempts to get near me.