07. 18. 2007
GoPets: Real people and their virtual pets
Love pets? Want one? But your landlord, allergies, or job interferes with plans to buy, adopt, or borrow? Trade in your sea monkeys, because if you have a computer, you can also have a very clever pet. GoPets is a hybrid creation of online social networking and virtual world gaming. Simply put, it's an astounding feat of fun, fur-free genius.
Each GoPet is a unique 3D companion. As an owner, you create and download your pet to your desktop (sorry Mac users, GoPets is currently PC-only). While your GoPet makes it's home on your desktop, it's also able to roam freely from home. Your GoPet can visit the desktops of other GoPets users who currently speak 14 different languages and live around the world. The internet then becomes a leash-free, fence-free virtual park for your pet. Your GoPet assumes your interests and becomes your facilitator, introducing you to owners of other GoPets who share similar interests.
GoPets maintains its own economy based on a 3-tiered system of currency. Users can earn two tiers of currency by participating in the network, but can buy the third or "gold shell" currency. Both types of currency (earned and purchased) can be used in the GoPets store for virtual goods (food, clothing, accessories, etc.). A beautifully thought out business model, among those goods is a one-time maternity fee for those consenting GoPets who want to breed.
For those of you concerned for the health and safety of GoPets, no worries, GoPets cannot be killed or harmed -- in fact, they don't even age. If you want to grow your GoPets family you're able to adopt more GoPets anytime, but plan on being able to keep their tummies full with binary-biscuits.
Visit GoPets.net and adopt your new best pixel-perfect friend today!