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Posted: Jul 17th 2010 3:18PM (Unverified) said

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Or for "on the net" you could read "off the net" and it would be as accurate.
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Posted: Jul 17th 2010 4:42PM (Unverified) said

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Fantasy World people!!!!
A very high percentage of most folks RL fantasies involve sex in one way or another. What social and practical considerations prevent us from fulfilling in RL we are free to fulfill virtually, be that sex or a nice garden.

Posted: Jul 18th 2010 7:43PM Joystiq Login Bugs SUCK said

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Ah Tateru, the WoW SparklePony is more devisive than ageplay (with a little a - ie: not sexual ageplay) in SL ever was.

One one side of the fence are those who are happy spending the money on virtual goods and on the other are those who are unemployed, who are elites, who are not tempted by virtual goods, who's mom refused or are under 16.

These two polar groups have ridiculed and taunted one another to the stage of youtube videos, open scorn in Dalaran and PvP ganking.

Even mentioning it as an aside will cause those who do have it to raise their hackles immediately, moreso than an American seeing a person on Islamic background.

It is always safer to take the position that it doesn't exist unless you want to find yourself the target.

That said, I love my Sparklepony. I might even roll a Worgen called Edwarg to ride one after making the new glitter that jc's will be able to make. That should get up some Twilight fans/haters noses.

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 1:31PM (Unverified) said

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SL definitely has a rep as a virtual house of "ill repute" for many educators outside the early evangelists and those they brought it.

That's one reason a lot of folks look to PG-rated grids like Reaction Grid for education builds.

The very name "Second Life" strikes terror into some hearts and makes others scoff. I suspect it will have a future for roleplayers who don't mind a lousy combat system, but I rather doubt that Philip Rosedale's much-celebrated return to the CEO chair (for a while) can fix the "image problem."

I'll still enjoy SL for what it is: a big and diverse community of folks playing dress-up with an edgy and intelligent artistic fringe.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 1:43PM Azzura said

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I'd view this article as a positive look at doing virtual actions vs RL.. It a good one to show people that just dont understand why we engage in Virtual Worlds.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 3:46PM (Unverified) said

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I'm just signing up to this site just to comment on this article.

I've been in Second Life for 4 years and lately have been distancing myself away from it due to being in school and moving onto higher quality mediums.

But for the first year I was your average user, club hopping and doing all this sex you people seem to think is the only thing SL is about. While this can be true, it also can be horribly false due to the fact that second life, and any virtual world or even games in general, can be whatever you want them to be.

If you want to be surrounded by sex, so be it, that's your decision and I'm sure you can find a way in any game (some may be more successful than others)

However if you want something other than sex in your game, you also have that power, such as the remaining 3 years of my Second Life life.. I was a builder for a large fantasy avatar store, many "veteran" SL players may recognize. There was no sex, no nudity, nothing outside of the PG rating aside from some cursing once in a while for the whole community uplifting this store.

No sex, nothing of "ill repute". So if you complain that there's nothing but sex in Second Life or any virtual world, and you're trying to trash it for that? Try not typing in sex clubs in the search bar when you're looking for places to go. Places you frequent when playing in a virtual world can reflect an awful lot about your personality and subconscious.

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