by Alphaville Herald on 28/03/09 at 7:04 pm
Griefing gang leader explains his game
by Pixeleen Mistral, National Affairs desk
The notorious FrizzleFry – a shadowy figure from the griefing underground – recently made arrangements for an exclusive interview with the Herald. While Second Life can be used for meetings if you don't mind waiting for the scenery and the avatars to rez, this was not the sort of meeting that is best conducted in Second Life. After a few false starts, we eventually met in Skype text chat, where I learned how FrizzleFry's meta-game revolves around disrupting other players' Second Life, how targets are selected, his motivations, and how he would reduce inter-player chaos if he ran the game.
Pixeleen Mistral: FrizzleFry – you are known as a griefer – but why do it?
do you hate SL? or is this something you do for the lulz?
FrizzleFry101: that word was pretty new to me when SL'ers started calling us that, I always used the word trolling, since it was for fun. however I learned to hate sl for it's catering towards furries and the eventual problems that would come of it. furries are known to push their fetish aggressivly onto others as ameans of marking their own identity as a furry, in other words, theyhave an obsession of letting it be known that they are a furry, givethese people more leeway than others and you have a big problem
Pixeleen Mistral: so this is all about furs?
FrizzleFry101: no, but I believe they impact the game the most
Pixeleen Mistral: have you ever been abused by a fur?
FrizzleFry101: the closest example i can come up with for "abused" would be the annoyance encountering them on a regular basis or them entering forums just to preach the "furry way"
Pixeleen Mistral: so this is more like swatting mosquitoes? annoying – but not life threatening
FrizzleFry101: well in PN's case with SL it's more about recognising that they often make for the best comedy, since they often see themselves as a race of sorts
Pixeleen Mistral: ic
FrizzleFry101: well yes, annoying but I dont think I could justify calling any of it abuse
Action and Reaction
Pixeleen Mistral: so furs are useful because they react strongly
FrizzleFry101: yes, they are very defensive yet refuse to look into why they are mocked
Pixeleen Mistral: what about Prokofy Neva? Prok has been known to react a bit
FrizzleFry101: prokofy neva is a relativly rare case
Pixeleen Mistral: how so?
FrizzleFry101: shes more interesting as a trolling target than the average furry but you don't see people like that very often
Pixeleen Mistral: agreed – Prok is "special"
FrizzleFry101: for an average troll, mocking furries would be a matter of convenience since they all tend to behave the same, they have a sort of behavioural pattern that they push on each other
Pixeleen Mistral: how do you pick your targets? is it based on how strongly they will react?
FrizzleFry101: yes, that and how depraved or weird they are
Pixeleen Mistral: so you see yourself as a sort of counterbalance to the depravity of SL? or are you more like the court jesters?
FrizzleFry101: I don't think I would have that kind of effect, since harassment in SL is pretty much contained in a game, and wouldn't make people second-guess what they spend their time doing
if things spill over into IRL however, it would
the jester reference might me more appropriate since I don't really care for the state of SL
The FrizzleFry Mystique
Pixeleen Mistral: how is it that you get blamed for all the high visibility sim crashes?
FrizzleFry101: me personally?
Pixeleen Mistral: for instance, at the 5 year Herald anniversary event everyone was saying we were crashing out because of Frizzle Fry
FrizzleFry101: Corsi Mousehold spent awhile trying to claim that I was the only active pn out of the current 30-ish, that may of had an effect, nigras often show off SL chatlogs of _______ thinking the nigra in question was actually me, often furries.
Pixeleen Mistral: so you aren't crashing sims?
FrizzleFry101: Some just pretend to be me thinking they would get a better reaction out of the target
yes I am, but not nearly all of them.
Definatly not all the "high visibility sim crashes"
Pixeleen Mistral: how do you decide which are worth taking the time to crash?
FrizzleFry101: depends on the group in question, some have a higher priority than others, either old-time targets or people we consider well known, which would result in alot of whining like GYC, or gay yiffy club, for example, I would spend a few hours freezing their sim during one of their big orgy events
Pixeleen Mistral: is it hard to crash a sim?
it's definetly gotten harder since PN's early days, when a self replicating cube was all you needed, it's realtivly as easy now, but involves alot more lag
now for example one of our usual methods involves drowning the sim in asset requests
Pixeleen Mistral: why doesn't Linden Lab make it impossible to crash a sim – that would be in their business interests, right?
FrizzleFry101: It's a matter of what can be blocked without destroying the game for legitimate people
Pixeleen Mistral: if you were going to design a game what would you do?
FrizzleFry101: I would make content creation a privledge that either must be earned or can be revoked, If someone starts a shop for erotic diapers or animal dildos, they lose their privledge
Pixeleen Mistral: so anonymous content is the problem?
FrizzleFry101: Freedom of speech guarantees people the right to say most things, but society in general pressures people from becomming too depraved
you dont have this self-correcting pressure in SL. I understand the value of freedom but people who take it too far can ruin it for others