Tizzers Trolls Twitter: Microsoft <3 Second Life

by Pixeleen Mistral on 01/10/10 at 10:32 am

Media depends on echo chamber for "news"

24 hours after Tizzers Foxchase placed a single post on Twittera little birdie told me that Microsoft may have silently offered tp buy Linden Lab this weekthe outstanding quality of reporting in the internet age is all too apparent.

Tizzers Foxchase Trolls Twitter

While successful trolling of a few minor blogs is to be expected, this rumor had legs – much to the dismay of long-time Linden Lab sock puppets and favored sources for quasi-official Lab leaks.

For instance, just imagine Tateru Nino’s dismay at being upstaged by the notorious Tizzers Foxchase – a player repeatedly banned from Second Life and member of The Wrong Hands faction. While Tateru has always played the Lab’s good girl, Tizzers has chosen a more colorful approach to her gameplay and  should not be underestimated. The Wrong Hands exposed both Linden Lab staff collusion with the Justice League Unlimited vigilantes and the disgraced Emerald viewer developers.

What else could Tateru do but grit her teeth and point out that it could be true – even if the source might be suspect. And so we witness a perfect meta-gaming storm as frantic-to-post bloggers and minimal research create a no-lose situation for Ms. Foxchase. The evidence? Mary-Jo Foley of ZDnet took the bait along with Kevin Parrish of Tom’s Hardware.

Is Tizzers Foxchase the ultimate industry insider – or the author of one of the most successful Second Life trolls ever?

68 Responses to “Tizzers Trolls Twitter: Microsoft <3 Second Life”

  1. Pappy Enoch

    Oct 1st, 2010

    This were fun.

    A little birdy done telled me I wood git lucky last week.

    Don’t go believin’ no bird.

    I were hungry, shot that-there bird, and made me a kebab.

  2. Urizenus

    Oct 1st, 2010

    That is just. epic.

  3. Urizenus

    Oct 1st, 2010

    technical point though. Tizz didn’t troll twitter, Tizzers tweeted a troll on twitter.

    Tizzers tweets trolls

    Say it five times fast.

  4. General Drama

    Oct 1st, 2010

    “Is Tizzers Foxchase the ultimate industry insider – or the author of one of the most successful Second Life trolls ever?”

    No. And, no. Neither one. Stupid journalist trick giving you a question that can only be answered favorably for the subject at hand.

    Everybody knows Tizzers uses the Pixeleen account to write articles about himself on the Herald. Time for that mask to fall too, fuckwad.

  5. Ravin Draconia

    Oct 1st, 2010

    That is hilarious! I saw the thread titles on the SL site, but didn’t pay any attention to them. Something like that would have been “officially” announced, wouldn’t it? Anyway, I check a few other places for my morning news and just came across the following on Massively!

    “Rumor: Microsoft making a play for Linden Lab”

    Here’s the link so you can go see for yourselves >> http://www.massively.com/2010/10/01/rumor-microsoft-making-a-play-for-linden-lab/

    This after they paid no attention to M’s departure or the lowering of age to 16 *laughs*

  6. Ener Hax

    Oct 1st, 2010

    lol, since you are taking credit for this. i have to admit to starting the rumour about [insert anything here]

    yep, i started the whole thing! who would have thought it?

    and so what did you prove with this?

    you know if you yell fire in a theatre, people will freak and run out of it – good times . . .

  7. II Singh

    Oct 1st, 2010

    The ultimate point proven here aside from blogger gullibility is one of metaverse hubris. When one considers that SL and LL are the backwaters of a internet backwater… who would reasonably want to be interested in this tired old technology and outdated cartoonish world. Please give me a break… Second Life is crumbling and if you don’t blink you might actually see it go. With a roughly stable population of a few tens of K of people and a general lack of interest by the public as a whole (if not actual disdain for the yiffing and Gor’ing). Just to frame this in a little tighter, I am reasonably sure most folks don’t know what either a furry or a gorean is but they are more likely to lump them together as internet perverts. Regardless, the world of SL might be hugely important in your minds but to everyone else it isn’t even worthy of comment let alone wanting to expend the needless effort of purchasing the next AOL/Prodigy/Compuserve. SL is dead. Get over it.

  8. Bubblesort Triskaidekaphobia

    Oct 1st, 2010

    Oh, it gets better. Check out the trendy new hash tag #tizzersgate, ROFL


  9. BamBam

    Oct 1st, 2010

    I said it time and time again… Micro$oft is going to at some point take a real look at the 3D virtual online environment. Just like they did when they created “Internet Explorer”. They arrive after the fact and tried to take over with the browser wars. OOPS I mean did take over.

    IBM & Intel are in with OpenSim and M$ has a dislike for Open Source. If IBM & Intel see something in 3D environment why wouldn’t M$? So the most likely direction for M$ to get involved?

    Or this could just be a lot of BS! Hey but it was fun speculating. -_-

  10. Darien Caldwell

    Oct 1st, 2010

    Anyone who believes Microsoft would buy SL, is showing they are pretty gullible.

    I Love SL. And I still wouldn’t touch it if LL gave it to me for free.

  11. Tracey Humphreys

    Oct 1st, 2010

    I really really hope Microsoft buys SL.

    Then we’ll be able to bitch about Bill Gates as well as the Lindens in forums.

  12. [...] See Alphaville Herald: Tizzers Trolls Twitter: Microsoft [...]

  13. Ajax Manatiso

    Oct 1st, 2010

    Here’s a new rumor — LL is going to be given free to Prokofy Neva and Ann O’Toole in exchange for the promise they never blog again.

  14. Emperor Norton hears a who?

    Oct 1st, 2010

    It’s time to say it. You know who else made a buy out offer to Linden Lab?


  15. Emperor Norton hears a who?

    Oct 1st, 2010

    Ajax Manatiso @ “Here’s a new rumor — LL is going to be given free to Prokofy Neva and Ann O’Toole in exchange for the promise they never blog again.”

    Aw, that means we will never get the Prokofy doll that screams “You damn collectivist techno libertarian!” every time you pull its’ string.

  16. Gundel Gaukelei

    Oct 1st, 2010

    Dammit, I can’t even trust /. these days anymore – whats next? Will the goverment start lying to me?

  17. SecondLie

    Oct 1st, 2010

    True or not, I’ve had fun with this one.

    Thank you, Tiz.

  18. c3

    Oct 1st, 2010

    a decade ago mary jo fahey was a real “reporter-writer” doing research on web3d and actually checking facts and sources.

    today shes gone.. all we have is a FOLLY in her place…. and all those being jerked by Second Life fakesters, only have themselves to blame.

    you all seem to want to play russion roulette with a gun you havent seen loaded…. all pretty sad.

  19. Gaara Sandalwood

    Oct 1st, 2010

    “Everybody knows Tizzers uses the Pixeleen account to write articles about himself on the Herald. Time for that mask to fall too, fuckwad.”

    You mean Mark McaHill(or however it’s pronounced).

    And two things:

    Personally, I’ve had unfavorable conversations with representatives and help desk people at MS,but I’ll just wait and see what happenswith this. It wasn’t piss poor unfavorable, so yeah, I’m not too against it, but…..I just kinda don’t give a shit really.

    The second thing: I LOVE that picture!

  20. General Drama

    Oct 1st, 2010

    Sorry, Fake General Drama, you are full of crap. General Drama knows both Pixeleen and Tizzers personally, so would not make such an idiotic faux pas. Evidently the JLU or some other furfags are trying to co-opt the General Drama name for defamatory purposes.

    Please exercise some moderation here, you know I use the correct fake email address that General Drama has always used.

  21. Kiddoh

    Oct 1st, 2010

    “Everybody knows Tizzers uses the Pixeleen account to write articles about himself on the Herald. Time for that mask to fall too, fuckwad.”

    No offense, but both Tizz’s and Pix’s IRL identities have been confirmed to be different people. I’ve even met both of them IRL at the same time. :O

  22. General Drama

    Oct 1st, 2010

    It’s okay Kiddoh, that was evidently some noob who, in addition to not knowing anything about anything, isn’t aware of the rules pertaining to ownership of pseudonyms.

    Readers should have recognised that General Drama, who has led many a glorious military campaign to conquer Jessie, and ranks high in the Politburo of Soviet Woodbury, is well aware of who is who in trollery.

  23. Urizenus Sklar

    Oct 1st, 2010

    I will say this. If someone was planning to start their own virtual world it would be smart business to buy up Second Life, junk it, and mine the customer list for early adopters. That is, you eliminate your competition and get a great prospective customer list all in one stroke.

  24. Alyx Stoklitsky

    Oct 1st, 2010

    Oh look, Twitter is a piece of shit used by faggots.

    I never saw that coming.

    Web 1.0 forever.

  25. hobo kelly

    Oct 1st, 2010

    Wellsum, I reckon I would gurd my grit fer sum kinda blowback from them thar powers what be that might not have found this too funny I reckon.

    Im still thinkin them thar rumours about Microsoft buying SL are true. Windows98 stripped down with a mere 12 of them thar base system proceses runnin, will run OpenSim like lightning, and has been for some time. Shucks I was runnin 16 sims on one 98 box and it was fast. Somes of them thar folks are runnin 25 on a box. One fake world builder had nearly 200 of them thar regions runnin on a notebook befer it run outta that ram.

    Iffin ya had the idear where you were Microsoft, you could buy that thar Linden Lab and their massive server farm and all of that thar user genrated content, wellsum I reckon then you all would be the Keeper of the Assets where all the millions of users out there when they run that OpenSim on their ‘puters will have to direct their asset servers to point back to Microsoft Second Life.

    That way a million of them thar fake worlds will bloom on desktops and laptops the world over and all yer fake junk will be available to ya wherever ya goes.

    There be 3 of them thar servers what you have to run to have a OpenSim world. 2 of them run on your home computer what is running your fake world. And the 3rd could too if you wanted your own private virtual world. Butt um, iffin youall wanna be part of a big grid youall have ta let go of your own asset server and point yer world at the GRIDS asset server.

    That thar Asset Server is the one bottleneck what wont scale. Its the one part what has to have 30,000 or 3 million Sims all havin to work offin the same Asset Server Computer.

    So Iffin Microsoft bees bein like a froggie and Jumps and Buys Second Life, wellsum they will be punkin’ Intel and IBM’s OpenSim to some extent ‘cuz then OpenSim will always have to come back to big daddy Microsoft to get Asset Service.

    Of course its gonna be a race for popularity. Who will build the biggest and bestest grid what everybody wants to connect to? And has the most Assets? Iffin IBM were to suddenly come out with a GRID bigger and better than SL, then maybe their Asset Service would gain default status and that thar new world of virtualness would be theirs cuz everybody would flock to their asset services.

    But what if Microsoft Jumped first, knowing this, and went for that thar gobble gobble on SL thereby getting the biggest and bestest GRID and Asset Service ready to go no work needed? Keep the monetary system in place, keep the mainland, encourage people to create their own Virtual worlds for free on their own boxes, add hyper-teleports to go from world to world to world to world…

    Microsoft would prolly have to figure out how to sell commercials either inworld or on the browser somewhere to be able to offer it all free. They would have to have something that Lindens don’t have. Some kind of magic or something that Lindens don’t have, or else why couldn’t Phillip do it??

    Buy it up Microsoft.

    Why did the Crazy Cat Lady cross the road?
    To get to the other hides…

  26. hobo kelly

    Oct 1st, 2010

    edit, above post, change, all instances of, “98″, replace with, “XP”


  27. GreenLantern Excelsior

    Oct 1st, 2010

    “Another update: Two Labbers say that there was an offer – which was rejected – but that they don’t believe it to have been from Microsoft.”


  28. General Drama

    Oct 1st, 2010

    SL is too valuable at present to be worth the investment of buying it to wreck it. If I were going to launch my own virtual world, I’d first spend a lot less money paying hackers and other miscreants to grief and copybot the shit out of all the content, destroy the economy, and I’d use bots to spam everybody with emails informing them about my new world and why shit like griefing and copybotting wouldn’t happen there. That would cost about a hundred bucks to accomplish.

    Oh yeah, someone else is doing that already…

  29. IntLibber Brautigan

    Oct 1st, 2010

    I for one am looking forward to our new intargridz overlords. Notecard editing with spellcheck and right click copy/paste, Clippy helper, and SPREADSHEETS!!!! That right there makes the deal worthwhile.

    I’m putting in my resume with my buddies at M$ to run the new virtual worlds division. Bill and I go back a long ways, don’tchaknow.

  30. Little Lost Linden

    Oct 1st, 2010

    Holy Moly!

    All these unfounded rumors can really make a persons head spin. Think it’s time to head on down to the steakhouse on Planet Michael. A couple Heinekens wouldn’t hurt either. Go Michael! Go!

    You know who else enjoyed a good steak and Heinekens?


  31. Ciaran Laval

    Oct 2nd, 2010

    “No offense, but both Tizz’s and Pix’s IRL identities have been confirmed to be different people. I’ve even met both of them IRL at the same time. :O”

    This is just another part of the conspiracy, pics or it never happened!

  32. Kiddoh

    Oct 2nd, 2010

    @Ciaran Laval:

    Here you are.


  33. Kinoko

    Oct 2nd, 2010

    Well Hazim is a nice person as far as I know, and I feel bad that I was used by Emerald to DDOS his site… So what he made Inertia Source code, or has the source code from Second Life Professional Edition which was passed to a friend of mine who was banned many times, and to him which he rumored to have screwed it up badly.

    Anyways I like SLPE, and His Copybot, always will, and I still use it today for legal reasons, and because I can do many things besides thief with such tools, Its not Day Oh’s Fault, Tizzys, OR Harzim that others got hold and abused his code to begin with.

    Tizzers to my knowledge has never broken the SL TOS either, and in fact banned many copybotters from woodbury, including myself at one point as I was mistaken for a griefer till I imed her, she was really nice, and I met her in Blue Mars once, really nice. I do not see why Linden Lab banned her to begin with, even if hacking did take place with Emerald this was not within SL Servers, and LL had no right to do such, and this is why I hope IntLibber wins his lawsuit against Linden Lab, and why if for any reason LL Bans me I will SUE them myself for breach of TOS contacts, and for not honoring my first TOS agreement I ever accepted/Scamming me, and removing Thousands of USD worth of content which was provided to me as I owned it. When I joined SL I was made to believe by their TOS that I had full ownership rights over my land no matter what, and that I had rights over all my creations, but since their new TOS I have no rights to my stuff anymore… I quit creating things of what little I did if anything.

  34. At0m0 Beerbaum

    Oct 2nd, 2010

    The internet just exposes the fact there has never been any “journalistic integrity” and that it’s all bullshit.

    Tizzers just demonstrated how full of shit journalism really is.

    People dont get into news because they have a passion for it, they get into it for the money, passion doesnt put food on the table unless you’re a prostitute.

    Hell, looking back at news prior to the internet, you begin to realize how much of it was probably pure bullshit pulled out of someone’s ass to get ratings. The news also spins up stories to make them more exciting.

    The internet just takes the veil of professionalism off of journalism and exposes it as nothing more than high school level gossip.

    sometimes it reports on actual events, but 90% of the time it’s all drama generating bullshit intended to get viewers/readers/ratings.

    Which is why trolling toms hardware and a few other big tech-centric online news aggregators is so brilliant.

  35. Tracey Humphreys

    Oct 2nd, 2010

    A little birdie told me that Linden Lab may have silently offered to buy Microsoft this week…

  36. Bubblesort Triskaidekaphobia

    Oct 2nd, 2010

    A little birdie told me that M$ offered to buy The Alphaville Herald.

  37. Kiddoh

    Oct 2nd, 2010

    I’ll have you know, that a little squirrel told me that I myself would buy the Alphaville Herald for 20$!

  38. Glenn Beck

    Oct 2nd, 2010

    You know who else re-tweeted the rumor?


    @AdolfPwnzPoland RT @Tizzers A little birdie told me that Microsoft may have silently offered to buy Linden Lab this week. #secondlife
    12:14 PM Sep 30th via TweetDeck

  39. AM Oderngrl

    Oct 2nd, 2010


    >People dont get into news because they have a passion for it, they get into it for the money, passion doesnt put food on the table unless you’re a prostitute.

    Um, I doubt many sex workers are really experiencing passion on the job, going by the Free Dictionary’s definitions as “a. Ardent love.
    b. Strong sexual desire; lust.” Their customers might pretend so.

  40. Little Lost Linden

    Oct 2nd, 2010

    A little puffin told me that The Alphaville Herald was going to purchase Planet Michael and that we would all be eligible for a free large order of french fries at the steakhouse on Planet Michael shortly after the grand opening. I for one can hardly wait. I hope Pappy attends the celebration and that there will be Heinekens for all, and free Post Grrrrl samplings (try before you buy offerings). It should be a funfilled event.

  41. c3

    Oct 2nd, 2010

    robot atomo.

    thats “not” the way it was…;)

    yes, agenda, and yes editorial control offered many non truths…


    the huge machine buisness of “news” is only from the age of virtualization and its ability to make huge profit from the mass and its ethical change from being a tool for the masses benefit, to the mass being a tool for it’s benefit.

  42. Kiddoh

    Oct 2nd, 2010

    You are all a journalistic conspiracy! Have at you!

  43. Gaara Sandalwood

    Oct 2nd, 2010

    Very well! En guard!

  44. Dave Bell

    Oct 3rd, 2010

    The key question is whether Linden Lab has anything Microsoft needs to buy. What did MS need to buy to start Internet Explorer?

  45. gorp

    Oct 4th, 2010

    A little birdie told me that Fox News bought the Alphaville Herald and that Prok is actually Glen Beck.

  46. The Right Feet

    Oct 4th, 2010

  47. At0m0 Beerbaum

    Oct 4th, 2010

    You know, reading the above comments is the reason I dont play SL anymore, the users are psychotic and unreasonable failures of real life.

    Besides, first life is a much more fun game. I mean both are equally shitty, but the first one has real perks, where the ones in SL are fake and purely virtual, and only exist on hardware.

    Now in before someone tries to explain in a nihilist manner that real life gains are also imaginary in a sad attempt to justify, mostly to themselves that second life is somehow better, which defeats the whole point they’re trying to make.

    All I wanted to ever do was fuck around in a virtual sandbox, not deal with psychopaths who take a game seriously.
    This is why I always tended to like the griefer/troll base in SL over the “normal” players. Did meet a few players who were neither, not surprisingly, they left after a good year or so, coming to the same realization.

    Tizzy brought a little more entertainment to a game and a system that takes itself too seriously with this trolling. Getting so-called professionals to go along with a fake rumor and discuss it seriously is always gold, hell The Beatles trolled music analysts with “I am the Walrus” and no one gave them shit for it.

    Life is too short to bitch about the small details. Laugh it up, have fun, and realize that not everyone are going to play by your own personal rules.

  48. lawd

    Oct 4th, 2010

    A little birdy told me that General Drama is so obsessed with Furries he thinks they are out to get him.
    Another little birdie told me that they don’t give a damn, they are too busy yiffing.

  49. GreenLantern Excelsior

    Oct 4th, 2010

  50. Glenn Beck

    Oct 4th, 2010


    You know who else is Prok?


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