I am what ‘AIM’, a (virtual) superstar

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AIM buddy icon used to be uglier that those ones. In two dimensions instead of three, roughly animated, with a tiny set of facial expression. But AOL wants to end this era, adds a third dimension to its avatars, and contracts Bandalong Entertainment to provide the IMStar, the new feature of AIM.

IMStar looks like a combination of The Sims and an online roll playing games. Players create their avatars with the deep degree of sophistication (for instance nose, hair, eyebrow are customizable). They are then invited to play online games to earn “IMbux” to buy new clothes, ensembles and accessories.

Besides showing off their avatar body aspect, all players can do is changing her clothes and make her do some but not many “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” moves.

Yes, we used ‘her’. As the obvious intention here is to hook up female AIM users. First, you can’t create male avatars ― even if there were male pretenders for the American Idol. And two, because the service looks pretty much a Barbie doll game, besides chatting over the Internet through AIM.

(via bigblueball)

May 29, 2006 | By Nuno

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2 comments

  • #0 Jonna Manninen:
  • no eipä kummempaa.. moi kaikki.. lisätkää mun mese…

    PLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ……………………..

  • #1 Nuno Bastei:
  • Sorry Jonna, I can’t get what you mean, I don’t speak any Scandinavian languages. Could you reformulate?

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