As we said and show in many lines, 9dragons published by Acclaim is a ‘paradise’ of internet frauds in a lot of connotations.
“Someone’s pretending to be me on this site called 9Dragons?? To clear things up… that’s not me!! haha…Featuring… Michelle (room mate & Korean best friend) & Elaine (my friend, not my sister) haha”
Is it illegal to pretend to be someone else online? If you are pretending to be another real person, then is call “impersonation” and is illegal.If you make up a fictional person or avatar then often no, but depends. .If the person you are imitating gets in trouble because of this she or he, can sue you for moratory damages. In net gaming world, “Be yourself” is about the worst advice you can give to avatars.
Some people who get involved in this avatars game of ‘pretending’ don’t realize the impact or consequence of what they say online or in a text message. They may feel that saying something online or via a text message is not as bad as if they said it in person. It may even start out as a joke, but the joke can end with tears, because in the end, ‘a lie has no legs’.
In my journey to 9dragons land, I met people who claimed to be someone else because they are afraid that if people find out how they really are, no one will like them.They want to impress another person, be popular and try to be cool.Others are just insecure and wants everyone to like them, so they try to act a certain way hoping people will like them . Others, wants to act cool, but fails and do so, in order to get attention, or to feel a certain way they want, or are too afraid to be their real self.
Also I met people that told me that reality itself sucks. They try to change into someone who is desirable to speak to or have it like friend, lover…because many are seeking the ‘eternal love’.They are not happy about themselves, whant to fit in. Yes, as you guess it, this is another form of escaping from reality.
Many are schoolboys or schoolgirls with a huge lack self-confidence or insecurities about themselves and try to be popular among avatars by playing the ‘pretenting game’.
Others just do it for fun… the ones who pretend to be a girl and are a boy or a boy and are a girl in reality. Or some to get what they want, like items, levels, money & so on.
What finally stick? False friends and friends you have nothing in common with.It is like living a virtual lie. How can you live like that in reality and virtual reality? “False” sense of perfection ? Anyway, there’s no point to it or it is fun to mess with people minds …
Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you? ~Fanny Brice