Duran Duran to Become Video Game

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Duran Duran could discover a virtual fountain of youth within Linden Lab's online PC game Second Life.

They are one of several major groups to agree to the gig on a "virtual island", reports the BBC. The 3D digital gaming world, which is created and owned by the residents, is currently inhabited by more than 640,000 users, called Avatars.

Keyboardist Nick Rhodes told the BBC, "When I started looking at the figures running around, chatting and interacting, I thought this is somewhere between a bizarre virtual reality TV show, a surreal real-life experience and a video game." He believes it offers" endless possibilities for artists" and envisions the online community as a "fully functional, futuristic utopia."

Details of their first performance have yet to be announced but the band has already commissioned their own custom-designed avatars.

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Duran Duran was the most commercially successful of the New Romantic bands, and a leading band in the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the United States.