In the book "Alter Ego -- Avatars and Their Creators" authors Robbie Cooper, Julian Dibbell and Tracy Spaight offer more than 60 examples of individuals and a few couples who gave birth to their own virtual avatars.
World of warcraft
Are video games getting in the way of relationships? I suppose the main question is: What's so great about "Warcraft"? I could spend the rest of my adult life figuring that out and not getting anywhere. More importantly, why trade human companionship for a robot?