PlariumThief: their in-game character, and possible real job to pay for their in-game character.
The faction’s main financier, Ulfi, admitted that he was unemployed and often spends way too much money in the game when in “tight situations.” Another player, Azzam, admitted to spending $25,000 over the course of four weeks. Fadi claimed to spend $600-$800 a week to help alleviate his real-life addiction to auction houses and gambling. It’s a strangely wholesome community of mutual support and cooperative spirit … stuck inside a game that exists solely to extract an endless stream of cash from unwitting addicted players. The point is that when we do create utopia, it probably won’t involve taking money from the poor and redistributing it to the lazy underneath a banner of giant boobs.
Thousands Of Virtual Rabbits Starved To Death Because Of A Legal Battle
Second Life is a virtual simulation in which players can role play as whoever or whatever they like, fulfilling their deepest or darkest desires. Some act out deviant sexual encounters, while others live out seemingly impossible dreams, like owning a house or having a steady job. Still others simply want to own and care for a virtual pet. Virtual rabbits were a popular choice — adorable bunnies that required love, attention, and (most importantly) food to “live.”
Linden Lab“Giggle! We’re bunnies! WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE, AND SOON!”
The rabbits were part of the “breedables” craze within Second Life — players were tasked with caring for and breeding various creatures. These “breedables” ranged from realistic cats, dogs, birds, and rabbits all the way up to dragons and the worryingly humanoid “dwarfins.” They were produced by a company called Ozimals, which shut down in 2016 and was taken over by a user named Eldritch. Then Eldritch received a cease and desist letter from another company which claimed to have designed the rabbit’s visual assets.
Without the money or time to fight a legal battle over bunnies that didn’t really exist, Eldritch complied. He stopped selling the rabbits and, more relevant to our story, their food. The adorable virtual rabbits slowly starved over the next few days, their owners looking on in impotent horror. “This sort of reminds me of when we forgot about our babies during the last World Of Warcraft expansion,” they thought to themselves. “Help, mother. Help, father,” their babies thought to themselves.