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Mr Turner was living in London and his wife-to-be studying at university in Southampton when they met through the game, which allows characters, or avatars, to talk to each other through messaging systems. Mrs Turner, from Basingstoke, Hampshire, said yesterday: ‘Andurus, albeit a cartoon type character, is strong and physically attractive but it was Paul’s caring personality that really shone through.‘One day, when as Andurus he endangered his own character in the game to save me, I felt an incredible bond between us.‘It might sound strange to people who have never played an online game, but the fact he was a traditional man with values to match and was protecting me was what first drew me to him.’But she only realised just how attracted she was to him when Andurus left the game after Mr Turner started a new job.They had been playing for up to five hours a night, but he could no longer spare the time.Social psychologist Dr Arthur Cassidy said ‘cyber-dating’ was attractive for middle class professionals.‘With bosses expecting longer hours, they have less time than ever to go out socialising,’ he said.‘So people are turning to not just online dating but entering into a virtual fantasy world to meet a partner.‘Intelligent people like the control they have over their character.It first aired on December 20, 1965 and was the first of many shows created and packaged by Chuck Barris from the 1960s through the 1980s.
Computer programmer Mr Turner, 27, and design graduate Miss Teather, 29, are thought to be only the second couple in Britain to marry after meeting in a video game.Occasionally, the roles would be reversed with a man questioning three ladies; other times, a celebrity would question three players for a date for themselves or for a co-worker or a relative of theirs.Before becoming famous, Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Yvonne Craig, Lindsay Wagner, Leif Garrett, Tom Selleck and Lee Majors appeared as contestants on the show in the 1960s and early 1970s.The program was revived three additional times in syndication afterwards.The first revival premiered in 1978 and ran until 1980, the second ran from 1986 until 1989, and the last ran from 1996 until 1999 with a season of reruns following.
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