It is always fun when science-fiction selects a time that is within a generation away. This way, the world has to resemble present reality, but the author has the free range to deviate for technologies that may soon get developed. And as today's technology is continually surprising people with its progress, much is likely to change by 2044.
Gaming Consoles have Explored Different Interfaces. Now Nintendo is Edging into the Social Network platform. Not Much of a Leap to Create a New AR Interface and then you could Control your Already Customized Avatar.
The virtual realities may start out as simple block like environments such as Mine Craft, but they will eventually evolve to be as real as any user wants. Eventually go to Hell and back in a marathon session of the latest all too realistic Diablo.
"There are only two industries that refer to their customers as 'users'." -- Edward Tufte
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