For those afflicted with severe East Coast bias but trapped somewhere in flyover country, MTV has seen fit to unveil the Virtual Lower East Side. A truly bizarre Sims–Second Life hybrid, the VLES allows you to customize your own virtual dude/dudette, outfit him/her in all manner of American Apparel accoutrement, and explore evidently painstakingly exact replicas of the Cake Shop, Pianos, Bowery Ballroom, etc., all holding virtual "concerts" featuring real-life video footage of the Cold War Kids and Of Montreal and whatnot. Interpol is constantly blaring in the background; faux-edgy touches (the desktop icon is a giant rat) give it that grimy,... More >>>