I find the increasing legitimacy afforded virtual activities to be depressing and generally pathetic. Having grown up in an era (not too long ago) in which the heroes, depending on your ilk, were astronauts, mountain climbers or rock stars, the current focus on online gaming, social networking, and air guitar-type video games seems silly at best. I get that many of the hedonic/psychological benefits of physical activities involving high risk and reward can accrue to someone simulating an activity, but the overwhelming acceptance and promotion of virtual activities over physical activities is confounding. I was at an angel investor event recently in Silicon Valley focused on virtual gaming, and the sight of a roomful of middle aged guys gushing about spending tens of hours a week playing the latest first person shooter game was truly nauseating. It's starting to seem like a foregone conclusion that we will see virtual gaming in the olympics at some point...