The Escapist has a few really nice articles online, again. The first is about males playing with woman avatars in games. I do this myself as well and the article is pretty much spot on. The second is about some kind of test where they did some form of LARPing, but not everybody involved knew about it. They probably suspected something though, or at least figured out it was some kind of game because of the setting (wizards etc.), but still. Suddenly the notion of a real life game seemed pretty cool to me. Where did we see that before?