‘So people are turning to not just online dating but entering into a virtual fantasy world to meet a partner.‘Intelligent people like the control they have over their character.
You're going to be staring at that character for a long time, so you need to get the eyebrows just right, otherwise you're going to be ...
But when Paul Turner and Vicky Teather met through their seemingly mismatched characters Andurus and Branwen in an online video game, it kindled a remarkable real-life romance.
And now, after growing close as they guided their virtual alter egos through the world of Final Fantasy, they have married.
Computer programmer Mr Turner, 27, and design graduate Miss Teather, 29, are thought to be only the second couple in Britain to marry after meeting in a video game.
Mr Turner was living in London and his wife-to-be studying at university in Southampton when they met through the game, which allows characters, or avatars, to talk to each other through messaging systems. Mrs Turner, from Basingstoke, Hampshire, said yesterday: ‘Andurus, albeit a cartoon type character, is strong and physically attractive but it was Paul’s caring personality that really shone through.‘One day, when as Andurus he endangered his own character in the game to save me, I felt an incredible bond between us.‘It might sound strange to people who have never played an online game, but the fact he was a traditional man with values to match and was protecting me was what first drew me to him.’But she only realised just how attracted she was to him when Andurus left the game after Mr Turner started a new job.