Reliable Source: Virtual Sex and Second Life

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Reliable Source: Virtual Sex and Second Life

Marion explores all his options - even some he really shouldn't.

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Excellent article... You seem to be extremely down recently...

I wouldn't dare go to Second Life if I was feeling depressed. Seeing the amount of sickness and depravity going on in there would make me lose my last shred of faith in humanity.

As far as I care, the PN were the only good thing Second Life has ever spawned.

its not Second Life ok its just sick ppl that go on it and make it that bad cuz there are good ppl that play it you know just like IMVU and stuff i will just say this its funny that ppl on there give up there Ls for sex and stuff but yes SL is good but the ppl on there need help and a life

So, I thought to myself, this sounds fishy. No one can be so dumb that they would give away their credit card number on what is essentially an MMO where anyone with the right scripting can copy it. But then I thought... April Fools was a few days ago and not everyone gets a chance to be online when it is most convenient.

As a journalist myself, I figured I would atleast check some of the facts. It is too bad the character profiles Mephistopheles Sinewave and Delilah Parkour do not exist on SecondLife. But I quickly realized that they were either created for the purpose of a photo opportunity, as shown in the article and deleted, or two other avatars were used instead. As you can see, no names are showing in the image and someone new to SecondLife would not know how to disable the names right away. In addition, people new to SecondLife would not have such detailed characters without first throwing some serious cash at the game and knowledge of where to buy hair, clothes, skin, etc...

While I am sure there is sex going on via SecondLife, as gross as I think it is, I have never heard legitimate complaints about being approached by a prostitute and being asked for a credit card number almost as soon as they entered the game in the newbie areas. Not that it does not happen in more mature areas on SecondLife, the areas where new people start prohibit such behavior and while I am sure not everyone obeys the rules, I find it highly unlikely a random guy who just happened to be writing an article would be the one to be approached.

In the end, this was an unrealiable source.

Anthony Haslage:
So, I thought to myself, this sounds fishy. No one can be so dumb that they would give away their credit card number on what is essentially an MMO where anyone with the right scripting can copy it. But then I thought... April Fools was a few days ago and not everyone gets a chance to be online when it is most convenient.

As a journalist myself, I figured I would atleast check some of the facts. It is too bad the character profiles Mephistopheles Sinewave and Delilah Parkour do not exist on SecondLife. But I quickly realized that they were either created for the purpose of a photo opportunity, as shown in the article and deleted, or two other avatars were used instead. As you can see, no names are showing in the image and someone new to SecondLife would not know how to disable the names right away. In addition, people new to SecondLife would not have such detailed characters without first throwing some serious cash at the game and knowledge of where to buy hair, clothes, skin, etc...

While I am sure there is sex going on via SecondLife, as gross as I think it is, I have never heard legitimate complaints about being approached by a prostitute and being asked for a credit card number almost as soon as they entered the game in the newbie areas. Not that it does not happen in more mature areas on SecondLife, the areas where new people start prohibit such behavior and while I am sure not everyone obeys the rules, I find it highly unlikely a random guy who just happened to be writing an article would be the one to be approached.

In the end, this was an unrealiable source.

He would of gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling kids..

Anthony Haslage:
So, I thought to myself, this sounds fishy. No one can be so dumb that they would give away their credit card number on what is essentially an MMO where anyone with the right scripting can copy it. But then I thought... April Fools was a few days ago and not everyone gets a chance to be online when it is most convenient.

As a journalist myself, I figured I would atleast check some of the facts. It is too bad the character profiles Mephistopheles Sinewave and Delilah Parkour do not exist on SecondLife. But I quickly realized that they were either created for the purpose of a photo opportunity, as shown in the article and deleted, or two other avatars were used instead. As you can see, no names are showing in the image and someone new to SecondLife would not know how to disable the names right away. In addition, people new to SecondLife would not have such detailed characters without first throwing some serious cash at the game and knowledge of where to buy hair, clothes, skin, etc...

While I am sure there is sex going on via SecondLife, as gross as I think it is, I have never heard legitimate complaints about being approached by a prostitute and being asked for a credit card number almost as soon as they entered the game in the newbie areas. Not that it does not happen in more mature areas on SecondLife, the areas where new people start prohibit such behavior and while I am sure not everyone obeys the rules, I find it highly unlikely a random guy who just happened to be writing an article would be the one to be approached.

In the end, this was an unrealiable source.

Uh, yeah. Go back and read all the articles, you'll figure it out, super-sleuth like you.

Anthony Haslage:
So, I thought to myself, this sounds fishy. No one can be so dumb that they would give away their credit card number on what is essentially an MMO where anyone with the right scripting can copy it. But then I thought... April Fools was a few days ago and not everyone gets a chance to be online when it is most convenient.

As a journalist myself, I figured I would atleast check some of the facts. It is too bad the character profiles Mephistopheles Sinewave and Delilah Parkour do not exist on SecondLife. But I quickly realized that they were either created for the purpose of a photo opportunity, as shown in the article and deleted, or two other avatars were used instead. As you can see, no names are showing in the image and someone new to SecondLife would not know how to disable the names right away. In addition, people new to SecondLife would not have such detailed characters without first throwing some serious cash at the game and knowledge of where to buy hair, clothes, skin, etc...

While I am sure there is sex going on via SecondLife, as gross as I think it is, I have never heard legitimate complaints about being approached by a prostitute and being asked for a credit card number almost as soon as they entered the game in the newbie areas. Not that it does not happen in more mature areas on SecondLife, the areas where new people start prohibit such behavior and while I am sure not everyone obeys the rules, I find it highly unlikely a random guy who just happened to be writing an article would be the one to be approached.

In the end, this was an unrealiable source.

You mean Reliable Source is fiction?

THIS IS TOTALLY UNEXPECTED INFORMATION!!11

Anthony Haslage:
*SNIP*

1. You made an account on the Escapist just to post this?

2. Isn't it possible that the names were altered for the purposes of the article?

3. Since I can't be bothered to check the info in the article (or even check if the info CAN be checked), it's basically the word of a 1-post user who joined today versus a regular journalist of the site the I greatly enjoy...

Funny thing about that.

Anthony Haslage:
As a journalist myself, I figured I would atleast check some of the facts. It is too bad the character profiles Mephistopheles Sinewave and Delilah Parkour do not exist on SecondLife. But I quickly realized that they were either created for the purpose of a photo opportunity, as shown in the article and deleted, or two other avatars were used instead. ... While I am sure there is sex going on via SecondLife, as gross as I think it is, I have never heard legitimate complaints about being approached by a prostitute and being asked for a credit card number almost as soon as they entered the game in the newbie areas.

To add to your fact-checking, names in SL are half-predestined*. You pick your first name, but you have to pick your last name from a list of options, the list being longer or shorter depending on how common your first name is (if you're trying to be Bob, I suspect your list will be nonexistent) in the SL population. I don't think Sinewave or Parkour are on that list, or at least I don't recall seeing anyone with those last names in SL, meaning they're most likely entirely made up rather than temporary photo-shoot names or the like. They're just names.

As for the second bit, that's not exactly how it works. You enter your credit card information in your profile on the SL main site and that information is used when you purchase SL currency from its various sources. He wouldn't have been giving his CC info to Delilah herself in this situation.

Hope that clears things up a little bit.

*I could have called them half-predetermined, but that didn't sound mythical enough for my taste.

Anthony Haslage:

As a journalist myself, I figured I would atleast check some of the facts. It is too bad the character profiles Mephistopheles Sinewave and Delilah Parkour do not exist on SecondLife. But I quickly realized that they were either created for the purpose of a photo opportunity, as shown in the article and deleted, or two other avatars were used instead. As you can see, no names are showing in the image and someone new to SecondLife would not know how to disable the names right away. In addition, people new to SecondLife would not have such detailed characters without first throwing some serious cash at the game and knowledge of where to buy hair, clothes, skin, etc...

As a journalist, let me assure you that saying "as a journalist" just makes people feel uncomfortable. Try it! Go up to someone and say, "As a journalist, I would just like to say that your shoe is untied." Watch their face as they slowly realize that you're a giant [this statement removed by robots].

But since you decided to do some detective work let me explain my alibi.

You're right, my own character looked much uglier than the one in picture, that's because the photo is stock from deep in The Escapist's vault of naughty pictures, you should see the pictures they have of Cliffy B. in there, really, things no one should ever see... And no, I didn't really call myself Mephistopheles Sinewave, what a dumb name. Both characters exist, but I used pseudonyms to protect their identity. You wouldn't want people trying to hack my account and getting my 5' cock prims, would you?

Marion Cox:

Try it! Go up to someone and say, "As a journalist, I would just like to say that your shoe is untied."

I'm tempted to do this, now.

Marion Cox:
On Wednesday, bored and curious, I created an advertisement on a dating site. As I expected, there's always some jerk who will make fun of my name.

I feel your pain Marion, my name is Sush Alexandra, I know how you fucking feel, my dad was drunk when registering me and he thought I was a girl.

The only thing that pisses me off more than people making fun of my name is people calling me "Alexander".

OT I just registered with home, hopefully my luck with the ladee's is better
*wink wink*

The article is total rubbish - as a regular user of Second Life where I have a lot of fun chatting to people from all over the world and listening to music in dance clubs or live streamed concerts, I know that most of what this so-called journalist writes is incorrect and written for the purpose of sensationalising his story and trying to give it some interest.

As a gamer who reads The Escapist on a daily basis through my RSS feed and wants to read real news or interesting comment and opinions, it disappoints me greatly that the editors consider this article worth space. Perhaps they are getting desperate!!

Anthony Haslage:

In the end, this was an unrealiable source.

You spend alot of time in Second Life don't you?, I see everyone else is constructing proper argument against you in defence of Marion, but I (like Marion) would like to know where I can get some hooch in Second Life...

Good free hooch that is.

edit, I should have said POONTAG!

Why are there people taking this article seriously? It's quite funny and I don't care if it isn't factually corect,don't let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Daymo, like you I enjoy a good story - one that either entertains me (perhaps even making me smile) or, alternatively, informs me.

This story is, in my opinion , neither entertaining nor informative in any way - quite the contary on both counts.

I very rarely comment on stories I read but this article is so totally worthless and so lacking in journalistic merit that I felt compelled to voice an opinion - hopefully the editors will vet future contributions from this writer more thoroughly in the future.

jjscotman:
The article is total rubbish - as a regular user of Second Life where I have a lot of fun chatting to people from all over the world and listening to music in dance clubs or live streamed concerts, I know that most of what this so-called journalist writes is incorrect and written for the purpose of sensationalising his story and trying to give it some interest.

As a gamer who reads The Escapist on a daily basis through my RSS feed and wants to read real news or interesting comment and opinions, it disappoints me greatly that the editors consider this article worth space. Perhaps they are getting desperate!!

If you really think this is a real article, then I don't know what's wrong with you. But if you don't, then you just trolled me, my friend!

Anthony Haslage:
So, I thought to myself, this sounds fishy. No one can be so dumb that they would give away their credit card number on what is essentially an MMO where anyone with the right scripting can copy it. But then I thought... April Fools was a few days ago and not everyone gets a chance to be online when it is most convenient.

As a journalist myself, I figured I would atleast check some of the facts. It is too bad the character profiles Mephistopheles Sinewave and Delilah Parkour do not exist on SecondLife. But I quickly realized that they were either created for the purpose of a photo opportunity, as shown in the article and deleted, or two other avatars were used instead. As you can see, no names are showing in the image and someone new to SecondLife would not know how to disable the names right away. In addition, people new to SecondLife would not have such detailed characters without first throwing some serious cash at the game and knowledge of where to buy hair, clothes, skin, etc...

While I am sure there is sex going on via SecondLife, as gross as I think it is, I have never heard legitimate complaints about being approached by a prostitute and being asked for a credit card number almost as soon as they entered the game in the newbie areas. Not that it does not happen in more mature areas on SecondLife, the areas where new people start prohibit such behavior and while I am sure not everyone obeys the rules, I find it highly unlikely a random guy who just happened to be writing an article would be the one to be approached.

In the end, this was an unrealiable source.

Well now, don't you look silly.

OT: A great read as normal; my favourite column on the site.

I was just thinking he should have gone on chatrt, you find a lot of interesting people there and not all of them are dicks

:( *hugs* Thats a horrible thing to go through, I know i've been through it a few times myself, if you ever need to chat to someone without having to pay just send me a message anytime :)

Marion how much Catcher in the Rye have you been reading?

You could always go the free route and get digital sex via ChatRoulette. No guarantee that the person will be female, though.

Endlessly entertaining read, as always (especially the bit about Richard Garriott).

Oh marion, if you look anything like your avatar there, I don't see why you have trouble getting dates!

Tall, blond, HUGE rack and... wait... you're the DUDE?!

Not going there, no I'm not.

For any less than 1500 LS.

This is true, in WoW I've had a few people empty their life stories onto me. Most are a lot worse than mine! Makes me feel more grateful. Didn't charge them though, I mean how harsh can you get?

thiosk:
Oh marion, if you look anything like your avatar there, I don't see why you have trouble getting dates!

Tall, blond, HUGE rack and... wait... you're the DUDE?!

Not going there, no I'm not.

For any less than 1500 LS.

*cough*

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/reliable-source/7251-Reliable-Source-Being-a-Gamer-Gurrrl-is-hard

;)

Even though this was written for comedic purposes, it's sad to say that everyone's first encounter with SL will be different, and something like this probably has already happened to many people!

Despite the twisted weirdness that SL is known for, there are some pretty cool things AND people there that you just have to look for. It's just sad that the weirdness heavily outweighs the cool =\

I guess that's what happens when you add freedom to do whatever + anonymous... Alot of the time you'll see things that you probably will never unsee even if you were to go blind and lose your entire memory..

I'm amazed week after week that people still post on here saying Marion is lying, people obviously haven't read all of the articles! Liberal with reality would be a vast understatement.

Anyway I think Reliable Source is the funniest column running at present; keep up the good work Mr. Cox!

When I was little... like 14, stupid, and not knowing that I should be capitalized, I tried second life. I was on an incredibly slow laptop then so after a couple hours I quit because flying around at 1fps isn't what I'd call fun. There was an alternative I tried back then, though, that was free, and had a great community. Kaneva. I don't know if it's up still and I long quit in my search to quench my virtual bloodlust of the time now knowing that talking to people and customizing a house could be fun too, but if I was looking for a place to hang out, I'd definitely revisit Kaneva. Also, Moove seemed like a good engine-- more open ended, less user friendly of course, and well... I didn't get a chance to know the community in the hour I played (See: Framelag.)

Honestly, man, I've had my fair share or problems as of late too. Life's a bitch with a barbed whip sometimes. Where I've been with my problems, personally, is, aside from msn contacts, the Complaints Thread on my local writers forum. It seems that most F2P MMO Communities aren't really... friendly.

I tried playing Second Life once after being told it was the biggest thing to ever hit the internet. I realised quickly that this was in fact a lie.

However I wouldnt be quick to dismiss the MMO "social" game scene completely. Theres quite a few out there which arent completely filled with cyber-sex crazed guys and cyber-sex crazed guys pretending to be women. Im scared to name some for fear of sparking an arguement but I promise you they do exist! :P

My first date after my last long term relationship saw me calling the girl by my ex's name several times during the night, at least you spent yours talking about something cool! :D

I'm never sure what to call these articles... Is it Gonzo journalism? I'm not very certain of the exact definitions of it, but it kinda could be.

Well second life in itself is not really a game. Its a platform, a developement tool. Sure its filled with wierdos and odd fetishes you would rather not know about but thats just the human race at its "finest", but eh, which community is not?:P

For quite soem many people SL is nice source of bits of money. When someone spent years on game modding they usually know how tow ork with textures, or even 3d graphics, and in SL opposite to just modding sites, they can get real cash for making few, good lookig things.
What others later do with those its not the creators problem.

And as for life problems. Bah, just have fun isntead, life's too short to bother with all those existentional junk! ^^

Your articles never cease to amaze me. Awesome story telling. Keep it up.

jjscotman:
The article is total rubbish - as a regular user of Second Life where I have a lot of fun chatting to people from all over the world and listening to music in dance clubs or live streamed concerts, I know that most of what this so-called journalist writes is incorrect and written for the purpose of sensationalising his story and trying to give it some interest.

As a gamer who reads The Escapist on a daily basis through my RSS feed and wants to read real news or interesting comment and opinions, it disappoints me greatly that the editors consider this article worth space. Perhaps they are getting desperate!!

Realiable Source is supposed to be a joke article. And why would anyone want to go to Second Life, anyways? I've seen some screenshots to come from that game, and they were funny in the same way a man who masturbates on the back of the public bus in a trench coat is. It's so sickening and perverted, it's funny.

OT: I love your article, Marion. I'm wondering, though, will we hear more of your stories about playing DnD with your dad and friends?

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