by Pixeleen Mistral on 25/10/07 at 11:53 am
Television viewers yawn, move on with first life
by Pixeleen Mistral, National Affairs desk
Responding to the CBS-funded Second Life hypervent for CSI:NY, in-world entrepreneurs are now using CSI search terms to help promote their largely sex-based businesses. Querying the Second Life search tool for CSI yields a number of highly ranked hits – primarily oriented toward sex clubs and pr0n video emporiums.
In retrospect, it is not surprising that a number of Second Life’s finest business ventures have unilaterally joined forces with CBS television’s CSI:NY venture. In the cutthroat world of Second Life advertising, any tactic is fair game to gain more attention, traffic, and customers. Since businesses may use any terms they like to describe their ventures, adding CSI to the usual list of sex-oriented keywords is a natural tactic.
Unfortunately for CBS, these might not be exactly the sort of partners they had been looking for. Or perhaps this is all part of a cunning plan that feeble intellects simply do not have the power to comprehend.
We expect that both CBS and the virtual sex trade have been a bit disappointed at the rather anemic initial results of the CSI:NY event. Besides scattered complaints of increased lag and sluggishness in the metaverse, there does not appear to have been anything close to the numbers required to reach the touted goal of a million new players entering the world.
Still, for those new players to do visit Second Life, an introduction to the virtual business world is simply a search away. Look for CSI guys – you won’t be disappointed.