Jen, skimpily clad in mini-shorts and a tanktop, was my latest “love interest” in the app My Virtual Girlfriend. Next you select the attributes of your ideal girl, with similar category options.I quickly pressed the thumbs up button and then scrolled through my list of potential “Actions” before deciding to do a magic trick for her. The app then serves you five different potential ladies, providing you with their likes and dislikes, where they rank in each aforementioned category, and their “type” (MVG lumps girls into five stereotypes: Geek, Modern Hippie, Urban, Alpha, or Diva). For example, I could date Stephanie, a geek who likes unicorns and 8-bit retro but dislikes blue screens and Nascar.We were only on level 2 of our relationship, after all. Or I could choose to court Tiffany, an urban chick who digs cash and Hennessy, but hates reading and snitches.
As you interact over time, you fill up her heart and progress to new levels, each of which unlocks new potential actions. The girls play hardcore into whatever personality stereotype they've been designated, meaning that when I was dating a "modern hippie" girl, she was constantly referencing pilates, green energy, and how she loves hiking.It's easy to scoff at this game for being stupid, over-the-top, and kinda sexist. I’ve been in a real relationship for almost a year and, in some ways, playing My Virtual Girlfriend reminded me of what my boyfriend and my early dalliances felt like.