My virtual Valentine

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How do I love thee? Let mecount the ways. I love thee with cyber chocolates and in-game diamond rings. It might not sound like the most romantic thing your beloved could say to you tomorrow, but virtualValentine’s gifts are having something of a moment.

‘Farmville’ is offering its players eitherweirdly bestial presents – a pink sheep dubbed a “Love Ewe” and “Peking Ducks” – two ducks kissing in front of the Eiffel Tower. For those with more money than sense, there’s also a virtual “never wither” diamond ring costing $50. Over at ‘Pet Society’, players can also gift limited edition, romantic critters to their other halves, while in ‘Mafia Wars’ there’s a special ‘Valentine’s Day Massacre’ job to complete. Ah, the romance.

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