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Personally, I haven't. But the question of real or not ultimately depends on the end user, in my opinion. Its all about imagination (i think im having deja-vu) and what you chose to beileve in. Its very easy to blur the virtual and reality lines on Home because behind every virtual character there is real person. Do some take it more serious than others...yeah and there are the people who say "its just a game".
I never like to make that judgement call for people who use Home. I prefer to let their imaginations carry them where they please. If that guy is in love, thats his buisness. Nobody will be able to convince him otherwise and who are we to even try.
People are people and if you type or talk on mic you get to know people and personalities and most of the time you get who they are without ever seeing them. NorseGamer feels like a brother I never had. Sophronia is a amazing friend. TJ is that crazy uncle who is going to embarras you but thats ok! Just a few but All people I know pretty dam well because of Home. Why people find it hard to understand how some find relationships in Home is beyond me.
You get to know people. that simple and everything else is their business not ours.
A good friend of mine use a female avatar and want to become a woman for real. He do not "hide" his true gender to friends or aquaintnance. But for us she's a woman. I often said (s)he is the "best" woman I know on home. And one of my wife closest friend.
With time home offer a real good way to get to really know people.
Of course there will always be creep. On Home or elsewhere.
One thing the Home developer team can be proud of, is the high detail of avatars in PS Home.
In fact, I have never seen such good looking avatars on any other game/ platform.
I believe it is very possible to fall in love with a PS Home avatar, because the avatars are detailed enough for Human brain to "accept" them.
Although I do not think anything is wrong with falling in love with an avatar, it is important to understand that the beauty of the avatar does not reflect the beauty of the person behind the avatar, in fact it does not even reflect the gender of the person behind the avatar.
So if you love an avatar, and you also know to separate the avatar beauty from the person's beauty, you are more than welcome to continue with your love