The Human Avatar
Actually, the title of this post should be: The Human Avatar = Dumbassness.
The opportunity to be a video game character is cool. I get it. I too have dreamed of being a cross between Lara Croft and Princess Peach Toadstool. But behind it all, a corporation has marked this guy--permanently--so they can make money. And that's not so cool.
Here's the break down of The Human Avatar: EA Games & Realtime Worlds have just put out a game called All Points Bulletin, APB. It's basically your usual combat game in a fictional city that "plays out the daily conflict between gangs of criminal and enforcers." Yup, nothing new here. In the game, players can customize their avatars, choosing their hair and clothes as well as tattoos and piercings.
In this promo for the game, you can do the same but to a young, naive person: The Human Avatar. So Josh, who seems like a nice enough guy (with a killer body, albeit non-tattooed), wins an online competition to be the walking billboard. Online voters then decide his haircut, clothes, and piercing -- all things that can be changed, and so if they left it at that, I'd have no real problem here. BUT they also get to decide what tattoo Josh will get and it's that belittling of the art that makes me wanna (first-person) shoot someone.
Of the four meager design choices, the voters chose angel wings. Yes, Josh. You now have a larger version of Nicole Richie's tattoo.
The upside is that the tattoo was done by the legendary Lal Hardy of New Wave Tattoo in London, who did a great job on the art. But the dude is still wearing angel wings on his back and it's not 1989.
I know. I'm not being a nice person. Yet my ire isn't with the kid who wants to be a video game character. It's with the corporation who took advantage of that to make a buck.