Reliable Source: Virtual Sex and Second Life

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what i know about Second Life, is that many people in the REAL world gain REAL money out of this reallife simulation!

cause you can change the money currency of the game into real bucks!

btw: your story was funny as a B rated movie !!! (it's a compliment)

SamElliot'sMustache:

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.

If anything the reaction will be hilarious, and you know they will look too!

as a journalist, this article was pretty great... maybe its not 100% real, but i guess this is a way for mr. cox (and yes i am making fun of the name) to share whats going on with him, without paying the 12 dollars, so as long as its a blast to read, why the hell not?

im not a journalist

huh. is Second Life really that depraved? I mean, I could think of a lotta worse things than vore...

I spent some time in Second life but decided to stop after the first reputable person I met told me I could get a Ferrari if I spent two weeks in a butt plug factory. Never again!

I tried that game and I had no idea in hell what was going on. Like how users can build stuff.

The prostitute-client confidentiality agreement is so true so many strip bars in the game.

Excellent read. Your articles are always top-notch. Keep up the good work! Also, maybe try speed dating, never done it myself but it's always another avenue.

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!!

Gee-willickers! Next you'll be telling us that Stephen Colbert is a phony newsman!

On a side note: I love how each new column is tying together with older stories.

Marion, good article as always. Good to know to stay the hell away from SL when feeling lonely or rich, apparently.

Anyone else nit-picking the details of this story... you are missing the forest for the trees. Do you watch the "Wizard of Oz" and then shut the movie off when the flying monkeys show up because that is b.s.? Stupid people and their stupid observations... turn some of those Magnum P.I. skills on these crappy screenplays coming out instead of a funny story here on Escapist.

I play second life,more or less,and as someone who spends more money on Canned beverages than online game money,its a living hell without it.Mostly I just build,use all my money to rent,make my EXACT rent,and my stall closes,cycle repeats.I've seen one chick get 5000L(or $25) by just flirting in mere minutes.

This proves I must become a manwhore.

JimmyBassatti:

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?

As a journalist, I don't appreciate you calling my personal hero's article a joke.

"Eventually, I ran into a beaver wearing a latex body suit. He asked me if I was into vore and gave me a card for a club he said would help me. I wound up visiting the club, but I really didn't like what was going on there. Not at all."

I laughed.....very very loudly x)

Eventually, I ran into a beaver wearing a latex body suit. He asked me if I was into vore and gave me a card for a club he said would help me. I wound up visiting the club, but I really didn't like what was going on there. Not at all.

Sounds like someone met a furry!

Triggerhappy938:

JimmyBassatti:

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?

As a journalist, I don't appreciate you calling my personal hero's article a joke.

It's not like Reliable Source is serious. If it is, then wow, Marion sure gets screwed over a lot.

Hurr Durr Derp:
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.

i hear u can do courses on it that may be interesting

Second Life just scares the shit out of me. Not in the "Ah! Something different! Run away!" Kind of way, but more in the "Holy shit... You can actually do that?! What the fuck's going on here?" Kind of way.

Loved, the article and the line "Doing body shots off of Richard Garriotts pierced naval." Was pure gold XD

Second life is one of those things that is so weird and twisted that your almost tempted to experience it once for scientific purposes.

Nothing is real about the article except for the death panels. Those are actually real, as of the passage of the new health care bill. For a bonus, they contain the line:

Obamacare bill:
"It shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection."

So not only are secret death panels already established, but according to the bill, they're exempt from Congressional repeal. See! The bill said so!

Marion Cox's father is the one I want to hear about! He makes awesome Civil War dioramas instead of knitting girly scarfs, he probably keeps a gun under his pillow, and he knows what's really important in life-joining with Glenn Beck to resist the death panels!

Why isn't Marion Cox's uber-nerd father writing for the Escapist?

Epoetker:
Nothing is real about the article except for the death panels. Those are actually real, as of the passage of the new health care bill. For a bonus, they contain the line:

Obamacare bill:
"It shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection."

So not only are secret death panels already established, but according to the bill, they're exempt from Congressional repeal. See! The bill said so!

Marion Cox's father is the one I want to hear about! He makes awesome Civil War dioramas instead of knitting girly scarfs, he probably keeps a gun under his pillow, and he knows what's really important in life-joining with Glenn Beck to resist the death panels!

Why isn't Marion Cox's uber-nerd father writing for the Escapist?

I'm not too bright, so I can't tell if you're joking, or actually serious. Someone help me out?

In order of points, serious, half-joking, joking.

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!!

You realize that this article wasn't meant to be taken seriously, right? Lighten up, laugh, and have fun.

I think we can safely class Mr. Cox as a gonzo. It's just unfortunate that people need to rush to defend SL etc. from gonzoism.

My friends keep trying to get me to visit Second Life, but I firmly refuse. I remember my days of playing MUSHes and becoming far too involved... the temptation to escape far too great. I know far too many Second Life addicts to take the risk.

But man... In-Game prostitutes that charge real money. Wow. That just stuns me.

I have a friend who's working on a Second Life marketing project for her company. Needless to say, she's met far more people who are interested in virtually boinking her than checking out her company's "interactive kiosk."

So I can totally believe that Mr Cox did encounter a few disturbing things in SL, even if most of the article is exaggerated. But hey, as an outsider I found it entertaining. And the Glenn Beck comments are right on the money.

Marion Cox:
Reliable Source: Virtual Sex and Second Life

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

Read Full Article

Great Article.

i didn't need to read it to avoid SL. I had an account because "a friend" (and i'm using that term very loosely) talked me into getting one, so i guess a scoop-full of courage ice cream for you, while i was given the damp toast of annoyance topped with the butter of disappointment and fear.

Well, let's just say that 'Vore' is one of the things you should read about on Wiki before watching it :S

SamElliot'sMustache:

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.

As a journalist i think you should go for it!

this was a great article, IMHO.... you should have spent more time looking around though, Second Life is a great place for creative writers and journalists -- I discovered historical roleplaying (not pay for sex or companionship) in Phoenix Pass there and discovered a few older, wiser, intelligent people to while away some time...

XD
Incredibly fun stuff!
"vore" - I can only imagine the face of someone, completely unknowing, finding out what it is. And it makes me laugh.

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