I had a dilemma, and had to solve it. How I went about it, well lasted longer then expected.
I have two sisters: Amanda 11, very social & Katie 9, your typical wannabe geek.
From the creation of the internet it allows people to interact with others that they care about, in totally different ways that wasn't possible 10 years ago.
The family pretty much discovered Amanda in tears at the computer, to discover she was upset about a friend from school that was mad at her. On Habbo she was able to carry on whatever fight it was onto the virtual battlefield.
Being my typical disconnected person I couldn't really understand her obsessive nature, and felt it was quite damaging as she has no experience in text based communications and could take one too many things to heart.
Habbo basically lets people communicate with others in a virtual world. You choose your own avator (customize him/her by clothing, hair, colour).
People can either take this avator they have created and join public places that are owned by Sulake and Chum to socialize with others in a fairly limited enviroment (get drinks, dance, swim, chat, etc). The other option is to either create or join other peoples hotels. Major catch, start your own home, its well, empty.. To add items it costs money..Lots of money...
Alright, alright, your asking yourself what this has to do with cheering her up, right??
Well, back to the dilemma.. She is in tears and feels she has no friends (well, DUH, she entered a game where she knows nobody but one person..Someone thats not being very supportive)
So her obsessive nature keeps bringing her back to the one person she knows, and just keeps creating tons of chaos.
Remember Katie? Yeah, the wannabe geek watching over her shoulder. I summon her over to my computer and propose to cheer her up (that and borrow her expertise in Habbo).
I create a new account...CowboyNeal, what a surprise, eh? The name was only supposed to be used for tempory purposes only..
Katie is frequently going back and forth to update her location so we are able to pin point her location. We find her standing alone..
Say hi and practically latches on like a magnet :D
No effort required. The first thing she speaks of is her friend (blah, blah, blah as we wad through it).
Low and behold they don't filter logins by cookie OR IP (someone should fire the programmer there at Sulake).. Make a long story short.. She now has LOTS of friends..muahahahaha
To be honest, I really don't have a clue how long its been going on for (too long?) but I spent a bundle of cash on "items" from the habbo world (made both my sisters happier then two pigs in mud)*hides the Credit Card bill*
The buggy part is she wanted to latch on a little to much (have a gf?) kinda questions.. Took awhile to convince her of "House Buddies". Bonded so much that she even put photos of CowboyNeal on her desktop ;)
Actually for the first week, CowboyNeal is all that we ever heard of for awhile, hehe..
Well, she had a friend over today, and not certain who suggested it.. But she asked my age.. So I was honest "Old enough to have a credit card".. Well.. Answer was 20ish....Now she seems a little freaked out so I belive I kinda owe her a little note....
It served its purpose.. They are both happy :D
She now has some real friends now ;)
If you reading this there, sis.. Don't take anything personal on the Internet.. You'll thank yourself later ;)