by Jessica Holyoke on 05/03/10 at 6:46 am
by Jessica Holyoke
Second Life is like the Internet in many respects; its on the computer, no one knows that you are a fairy tale blind mouse and there is a heavy text and graphical basis for our interactions. And it looks like a video game; you can fly, you can be in space, you can be underwater without SCUBA gear, and you can have sex with strange creatures that shouldn't be reproducing with humans. But combine the video game looks with the Internet aspects and suddenly people take it as an excuse for being a dick or bitch.
"Oh, I stole all your spacebucks? Too bad its a game!"
"Oh I said I would be your boyfriend and I'm having fake sex with aliens? Its in my game rules."
"I want to spend time with you, sure, right after I am done spending time in Zindra gambling your spacebucks away."
These are typical things that are said to me. Especially by my dick ex-boyfriend Steve*. Jerk.
Now granted, there are aspects of SL that are games, role playing sims and actual video games like Dark Life. And on role playing sims, you are expected to play a character. But on those sims, if you 'role play a dick or bitch,' then you are treated like a dick or bitch AND they understand that you are playing a character. People present know the difference between In-Character or Out Of Character.
On the rest of the grid, if you are a dick or bitch, then expect to be treated like a dick or bitch because you are being a dick or a bitch. Residents sometimes just use SL as a communications tool, a heavy resource using, laggy, picking up a phone would be quicker, communication tool. And don't try to cop out by saying "its only a game! bawwwwww." Man or Woman up and say "too fucking bad, bawwwww." Just because you are on the Internet doesn't give you an excuse to be a dick or a bitch. People are dicks and bitches in Real Life too, like my dick ex-boyfriend Darryl*. Jerk.
If you are going to do it, do it with respect and dignity and not hide behind "its only a game."
*names changed to protect the Herald from DMCA wielding losers who couldn't litigate their way out of an open phone booth.