In Second Life, Virtually Anything Is Possible

Ever since the story about Second Life’s first virtual millionaire, I’ve been doing some research into the game. Many people may not know this, but Ed Lau and I were offered a preview of Second Life before it came out. We were even offered a nice big plot of land and a free account to test out the game. We said no at the time because we thought the game would go nowhere. Man, were we proven wrong!

Today, Second Life is a multi-million dollar operation that generates handsome profits for entrepreneur members like Asnhe Chung. Second Life really is like real life. People have jobs, businesses and relationships. In my search for more information, I came across an article written by my good friend, Andrew “Spode” Miller.

The fact that Spode has a Second Life account doesn’t surprise me at all. Here is the man in real life, dancing on top of the bar at Carnegie’s Taipei with Stephen Fung. No wonder he wants a Second Life!

Spode and Stephen

In his article, Spode talks about the seedier side of Second Life.

Virtual sex is rife in Second Life, as are relationships. One woman I was talking to is engaged in Second Life, and is pregnant. To simulate the pregnancy, she is increasing the size of her belly every day for nine days. Then at the end, she will adopt a resident being played by a child, to be her child.

However, not all sex is traditional. Prostitution is high on the list of jobs, and there are many areas dedicated to it. However, unless you go out of your way to wander in to these areas of town, you can stay fairly separate from it.

Yes, prostitution is alive and well in the virtual world as it is in the real world. Spode wouldn’t be the reporter that he is if he didn’t fully explore the virtual night life.

As a journalist, I felt I wouldn’t be doing Second Life justice unless I found myself a “lady of the night” to see what all the fuss was about. At this point, I’d run out of money, but I had already put my Credit Card details on file. So I bought L$1000 ($4 if I recall), which is about £2 with today’s exchange rates.

So there you have it. Spode paid real money to have unreal sex. The rest of the story is too graphic to describe. I recommend you head over to TrustedReviews to read it.


12 thoughts on “In Second Life, Virtually Anything Is Possible”

  1. For some reason, i believe Second Life will be outgrown by a new virtual world very, very soon. It’s a mark of a new era in virtual worlds, where it brings it to the people in an all-new way that Project Entropia (one of the first to incorporate real money exchange for game currency) and World of Warcraft (the worlds biggest virtual world with over 6 million players).

    However, Second Life brings this universe to the normal people as i mentioned, but it does not have the technological needs that i believe it should have to be able to have in order to withstand all the new worlds that will be emerging in its footsteps. Second Life is the first one, but it wont be the last one. Lets hope you will be able to get on the next train and be able to make some big bucks of it.
    -Gustav, virtual currency retailer

  2. Mayo says:

    Man this reminds me of Metaverse in Snow Crash novel.

    This will be one of major businesses of th future….

    imagine just the SPRAWL of such Metaverse countries…. urgh … Avatar bonanza 😉

  3. If I ever go to Carnegie´s again and see Stephen instead of good looking asian babes, dancing in the bar, I´ll ask my money back, I swear.

  4. Ed Lau says:

    Dammit, I totally remember that day at E3.

    We were impressed with the concept and technology but…c’mon, it was barely a game! It’s real cool and all but I couldn’t believe people would want to do the same stuff they do in real life…AGAIN!

  5. Mayo says:

    I wonder when will the 3D helmets get back into fashion??? 😉

  6. Mayo says:

    Cough, VR helmets 😉

  7. John Chow says:

    Juan – You had to pay to get into Carnegie’s? LOL I was on the VIP list. 🙂

  8. Stephen says:

    Juan, if you want to see me dance, “It’s more than you can afford pal!”

    Spode got shut down when he offered to pay with Linden Bucks. Screw that! I’m a whore, but I’m not cheap!

    Linden Labs actually offered me an account too. I didn’t want their silly virtual land and virtual money, so I asked them for real money, and they gave it to me for advertising. Score!

  9. David Mackey says:

    I tried Second Life, but didn’t find it too interesting. Spent perhaps 30 mins., then gave up.

  10. JuanFlaiter says:

    As far as I know Carnegie´s is free, I meant the drinks :/

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