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Pregnancy In Second Life

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the your-ebabydaddy dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "SF Weekly newspaper sent a (male) writer to get pregnant in Second Life, to find out how it works. The article is the first installment in a three-part series." From the piece: "For $3,500 in Lindens (about $12 US), I could buy the pregnancy kit and get knocked up. I had the cash, so I made up my mind: without much fanfare -- without a partner or even a nurse and a turkey baster -- I bought the kit and got started. I tacked on a body shape that bumped out my stomach to a late-first-trimester size, making me a little more kettle-shaped. Then I switched on the UPA, or 'ULTIMATE Pregnancy Attachment' (emphasis theirs)."

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56 comments

Just another day online.. (2, Funny)

Flamekebab (873945) | more than 8 years ago | (#15121552)

And who says only weirdos play MMOs?!

Re:Just another day online.. (0, Offtopic)

Flamekebab (873945) | more than 8 years ago | (#15121943)

Oooh, great, I make the sort of joke I see modded up as +5 generally, and because my nick happens to be Flamekebab, I'm taken as a troll and modded down. Ah, how I love Slashdot. Now I'm going to get a -1 Offtopic too I guess..

Re:Just another day online.. (1)

heinousjay (683506) | more than 8 years ago | (#15122694)

Now get a -1, Troll and you've hit the trifecta

Yippee (3, Funny)

JL-b8 (862188) | more than 8 years ago | (#15121582)

Now women *AND* men can even ruin their 'online' lives without even having to sleep with a drunk trucker!

And much drama abounds (5, Informative)

jandrese (485) | more than 8 years ago | (#15121641)

This is new on Slashdot, but it's been around in SL for some time now. The only problem: some of the dealers were a bit shady and as a result there are big hundred post long flamewars on the forums about the whole concept. It's basically just an RP thing, although some people are apparently worried out of their mind that same sex couples will have virtual babies and get a taste for the real thing.

The whole thing sounds dumb to me, but hey, SL is a big RP environment and if people want to RP being pregnant and having a baby, that's not my concern.

Re:And much drama abounds (4, Insightful)

kabir (35200) | more than 8 years ago | (#15122530)


some people are apparently worried out of their mind that same sex couples will have virtual babies and get a taste for the real thing.


Yeah, 'cause nothing makes people want kids more than virtual pregnancy... certainly not seeing all the happy families at the park, or sheer biological drive to procreate, or constant societal pressure to reproduce. Nah, it's those pernicious video game pregnancy kits that make people want babies.

*sigh*

If anybody can explain to me why so many folks seem to be terrified of homosexuality even though it has roughly zero impact on their lives I'd appreciate it. I'm confused. While you're at it I really don't get the whole video-games-are-the-devil thing either.

Re:And much drama abounds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15122676)

cuz their secret gay?

Re:And much drama abounds (2, Insightful)

thewiz (24994) | more than 8 years ago | (#15122859)

If anybody can explain to me why so many folks seem to be terrified of homosexuality even though it has roughly zero impact on their lives I'd appreciate it.

Personally, I think the people are terrified of homosexuality for one or more of the following reasons:

1. Some people hate it because they've been brought up to believe it's bad/evil.
2. Some people hate it because they've had homosexual feelings but can't reconcile it with #1.
3. Some people hate it because homosexuals are the whipping people du jour.
4. Some people hate it just to have something to hate.

I don't get it either.

Re:And much drama abounds (4, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 8 years ago | (#15123060)

I'm a big believer in #4. The right uses them as a big scary enemy to keep their voting block in line, attributing to them dark motives, and evil agendas, and basically dehumanizing the hell out of them.

If there were no homosexuals, they'd pick a race or a sex, or a religion, but the propaganda would be the same. It's a way of playing on the baser instincts of man that politicians and religious leaders have been using to their advantage for as long as there have been politicians and religious leaders.

Re:And much drama abounds (1)

thewiz (24994) | more than 8 years ago | (#15124762)

If there were no homosexuals, they'd pick a race or a sex, or a religion, but the propaganda would be the same.

Already been done:

Race: Africans, Asians, etc.
Sex: Women, of course.
Religion: Islam, Buddism, Confucism, etc.

I'm expecting the haters to hate extra-terrestrial life when we find it.

Re:And much drama abounds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15124561)

There are other options.

For instance, some people cannot disassociate homosexuality with paedophilia--for them, one equals the other. The very prominent nature of some groups (such as the MBLA) which integrate the two doesn't help the situation. There are a great number of people who are completely convinced that all homosexuals are paedophiles.

There are also some people (such as my father) who were raped/molested/sexually abused by same-sex adults when they were children. My father was 10, and has had a very hard time with homosexuality ever since, for what I think are very legitimate reasons.

Other people look to the Bible as a source of wisdom, and the Bible specifically calls homosexuality an abomination. So homosexuals are, de facto, cast out of God's grace according to their belief system.

Still others are afraid of homosexuality because it can be "contagious"--or better, a learned behavior. Someone I know was seduced (at the age of 15) by a male teacher at the school we attended. It took years of counseling (which he initiated) for him to realize that it wasn't his own sexual preference that got him there, but rather the predator that was the teacher taking advantage of his vulnerability. He now leads a happy, straight life, which he has chosen after being on both sides.

This isn't to say that there aren't some people who are essentially gay from birth--one friend of mine remembers being "excited" (in a very innocent but telling way) by a man at the age of 5. But the fact is that it can be a learned behavior, and many parents (for one or more of the reasons stated above) are afraid that (like my friend) their sons or daughters will be "turned" gay due to inappropriate exposure.

Re:And much drama abounds (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 8 years ago | (#15127305)

You forgot
  • some people hat it because they don't see it as natural no matter how many examples you want to throw at them
  • some people people hate it because thier religion has told you it is bad
  • some people hate it because historicaly, homosexuals cannot naturaly reproduce and therefore taking away from a vital defenses of civilizations. At one time you needed to populate the city in order to have enougg wariers to defend it.
  • some people hate it because back in the day of having children as a workforce on the family farm, it ment that no workers were comming from them.
  • some people hate it because until reletivly recently, sex for pleasure instead of procreation was deeply frowned apon.
  • some people hate it because without the ability to procreate, the sex is only for pleasure.
  • some people hate it because even though sex with your spouse for pleasure was ok, you didn't bring this stuff out of the bedroom
  • some people hate it because until reletivly recently, public discusion of sex was frowned apon and you cannot get by homosexuality without discussing sex publicaly.

    Yes it sounds frightening but at one time, things weren't always the way they are now. I'm not saying it was better or worse just that they are different and most/some of society hasn't caught up with the differences completly. Give it time. I'm from the school that says, I don't care what you do as long as I don't have to hear about it. If I want to hear about it, I will seek it out in my own way when it suits my needs. Asian pron!!!

Homosexuallity - A Lifestyle Without A Future (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15123319)

If anybody can explain to me why so many folks seem to be terrified of homosexuality even though it has roughly zero impact on their lives I'd appreciate it. I'm confused.

Assuming you are an American, it is not possible for homosexuality to NOT impact your life. Even if you wish to discard all other reasons, personal or other wise, you cannot deny that fact that it affects everyone.

1. Homosexuality greatly increased the U.S. and global spread of AIDS. So much so that, in the beginning, it was thought that only gays got/spread AIDS. The health problems that the gay community brings impacts everyone in the form of higher insurance and health care costs at a minimum.

2. The behavior deviates from the socially acceptable norm that the vast majority subscribes to and causes all sorts of social "discomforts", especially for those with small children. Completely all of the religious arguments, it is a difficult thing to explain to little Jonny, age 6, why that couple is kissing and groping in public. It's orders of magnitude harder to explain when that couple is two men.

3. The prevalence and recent vocalness of the gay community with demands for partner status, gay marriage, the right to adopt, etc. are causing laws to be created that affect everyone, even those completely removed from the gay world. And what of the children that the gays want to or do adopt? What happens to them after 15 years of gay training/indoctrination? Is it fair to them?

I could go on but, there is no point. You'll all now raise up and flame the hell out of me for my "what about the children?" argument. Many of you will claim that I am a bigot/racist/hater and some will posit that I am myself gay but, unwilling to admit it. Think whatever you like, I don't really care. I'm just answering the question.

The good news is that gays and homosexuallity are dying. Homos can not reproduce and AIDS is accelerating their demise. It's a lifestyle without a future and it'll mostly end in the next generation.

Re:Homosexuallity - A Lifestyle Without A Future (1)

ArkonChakravanti (953458) | more than 8 years ago | (#15123581)

1. Since AIDS seems to be spreading the most and the fastest in Africa, according to your reasoning that means Africa is a gay continent? Just because we _thought_ it was a gay disease, doesn't mean it is... Remember we used to think the earth was flat...

2. It is not difficult to explain this to kids, most kids think kissing is gross, it doesn't matter to them they're 2 men or 2 women or a man and a woman... It's only hard to explain a gay couple kissing in public to YOU, the one explaining, not to the kid...

3. How does giving gays the right to get married affect you? Other than that you might have to buy your lesbian neighbors a present on their wedding aniversery... But more importantly, what is this gay training/indoctrination you speak of? All I see in this "bastion of liberty" is anti-gay training/indoctrination... Is it fair for the kids to be adopted by 2 loving parents who happen to be both men or women? Of course it is, you'd rather they stayed in an orphanage? Parentless?

Here's some more news for you, heterosexual people ALSO get AIDS...
A heterosexual couple can get a homosexual child and vice versa...

Well, it's probably pointless, but at least I tried...
I hope gays affect my life more than this AC...

Re:Homosexuallity - A Lifestyle Without A Future (1)

kayditty (641006) | more than 8 years ago | (#15124434)

Since AIDS seems to be spreading the most and the fastest in Africa, according to your reasoning that means Africa is a gay continent? Just because we _thought_ it was a gay disease, doesn't mean it is... Remember we used to think the earth was flat...
Obviously, you do not read slashdot. Cum hoc ergo propter hoc. Causation, correlation, and all that. Oops, I forgot to tack on a pretentious, vindictive anecdote at the end. Oh, well!
It is not difficult to explain this to kids, most kids think kissing is gross, it doesn't matter to them they're 2 men or 2 women or a man and a woman... It's only hard to explain a gay couple kissing in public to YOU, the one explaining, not to the kid...
Wait, what? It's not difficult to explain this to kids, but it's difficult to explain this to kids? I don't get it. What are you saying? Maybe you mean it's not hard for the kids to understand?
You'd be sorely mistaken.
I remember seeing two guys kissing in a magazine as a kid, and I didn't know why they were doing that. It seemed very weird and unnatural. I took this to my mom and asked her why two guys were kissing. I remember that she had as hard a time understanding it as I did.
I can understand and rationalize a parent teaching their kid that this is wrong and should be punished. That's probably one of the reasons for the stigma against homosexuality. And it's a good reason. You don't want your kids to grow up and to stop the evolution of your lineage. It's human nature to be selfish, just as a lot of homosexuals are being with their rights trumpeting.
What if I, or any other kid, thought it was okay to kiss others of their same sex, then? You may or may not think this is okay, but not every one thinks the same, and thus, this leads to a problem. The popularization of homosexuality means that some people may be directly influenced by it.
You make the argument on here that some kids may be influenced by violence in video games, but that's why it's rated for seventeen year olds, and their parents need to take responsibility for what their kids watch. Well, their parents can't stop a bunch of guys or girls fondling other guys and girls in public. And if it's a selfish interest to not want your kids to go and make out with people of their own gender, then so bet it, but I think a majority would have it that way; and the majority is whom defines the boundaries of society.
Here's some more news for you, heterosexual people ALSO get AIDS...
I can't speak for the guy that you replied to, but I don't believe he was arguing that heterosexual people are less likely to contract aids, or that they cannot contract aids. I believe that his sentiment was that homosexuality has increased the AIDS rate. Whether or not this is truthful, I don't know, but there's no reason for you to distort the argument.
A heterosexual couple can get a homosexual child and vice versa...
Yes, that is completely true, and there is nothing at all wrong with that. I think the issue is that children are heavily influenced by their parents' actions, beliefs. Look at the election predictions held every year, where kids in school are polled for whom they think they will win said election. Statistics say that these kids derive their opinions largely from those of their parents, and thus, that these predictions have been remarkably accurate in recent times.
Just harken back to your own childhood, if you had one, and try to imagine the things you did that may have been influenced by the views of your parents. Children are very influential, indeed, and I believe this is from where the grandparent's argument stems.
I hope gays affect my life more than this AC...
I don't think that's possible. He seems to have affected your life quite a lot. Nevertheless, what's with the holier-than-thou "you're an anonymous coward, haha, I'm better than you" drivel that is constantly strewn around here? Get over yourselves.

Re:Homosexuallity - A Lifestyle Without A Future (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15124957)

1. AIDS is spreading the most and fastest in Africa, NOW. This was not the case when AIDS first started becoming an epidemic. Wikipedia says: The AIDS epidemic was discovered June 18, 1981, when the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported a cluster of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in five gay men in Los Angeles. In the beginning, AIDS was regarded as a gay disease, not because it was a gay related disease but, because it was most evident in the gay community. Additionally, AIDS has been around long before its discovery in 1981 but, became epidemic and later pandemic at a point where homosexuals decided that it was fashionable to "come out" and flaunt their damning lifestyle. The fact that it has spread into heterosexual society, some may argue due to bisexuals, does not negate its origins. Nor does it negate the fact that a homosexual lifestyle significantly increases the risk/likelyhood of contracting AIDS.

2. Tell me this when you are Jonny's father. Oh wait, that will never happen because, your unnatural lifestyle precludes you from reproduction. You are out of the gene pool and that is a fantastic thing in my mind. But, until you have spawned that 6 year old, you don't get to decide how or about what he should be educated. This means that you aren't entitled to expose him to two men kissing or fondling in public. Don't agree? That's fine but, this is majority rule and the majority says; NO!

3. How does it affect me? Well, if you re-read the parent post, perhaps very slowly, I think that you will clearly see three very good reasons why it affects me and everyone else. Or is there some form of connection between homosexuality and illiteracy? Provided you aren't illiterate, perhaps the article about gay World of Warcraft gaming a couple of articles up on the front page of Slashdot might suggest how. It's yet another in my face example of something I don't want to see in a place I would not have expected to see it. In fact, I think that it would be reasonable to assume that Slashdot would not be a site for articles about homosexuality even though it seems that half the new Slashdotters are indeed FAGS!!!

All else aside, the subject line says it all. Homosexuals are unable to reproduce and their lifestyle choice is accelerating their decline. They may be proclaiming their gayness now but, they'll be mostly gone within a generation.

Re:And much drama abounds (1)

Josh teh Jenius (940261) | more than 8 years ago | (#15125181)

You ask: If anybody can explain to me why so many folks seem to be terrified of homosexuality even though it has roughly zero impact on their lives I'd appreciate it.

I am not terrified of homosexuals, nor do I think "terror" is the proper adjective for those branded "anti-gay"

I do not sleep with my friends, so the issue rarely comes up.

When I discover that someone is gay, I promptly remind them that I don't care what they do with their genetalia.

When I discover that someone is straight, I promptly remind them that I don't care what they do with their genetalia.

When I discover that someone is "keen for kids", I promptly remind them that to infringe of the civil liberties of others is wrong, and that (IMO) people under "legal age" are probably not ready for these decisions.

I will hope that we agree thus far. If so, I feel there *is* hope of ending this "homosexual crisis" in our lifetimes.

Now, to disagree:

I feel that the homosexual issue has been hikacked by BOTH parties in order to divide and conquer us. I feel it should be a non-issue. So long as homosexuality is not "mainstream", it will naturally assign itself to where it belongs: among those who want it!

By suggesting that homosexuality is not "mainstream", I mean simply that. This is a self-defined minority.

Furthermore: as homosexuality gains popularity, it is natural to see more of it. This explains (in part) the increase in "gay media". However, I think the majority of "gay issues" are entirely invented in order to fuel US political parties, which became outright hysterical decades ago.

I do not hate the people, I hate the movement. I do not see how it is helping gays OR non gays.

Re:And much drama abounds (1)

syukton (256348) | more than 8 years ago | (#15125538)

If anybody can explain to me why so many folks seem to be terrified of homosexuality even though it has roughly zero impact on their lives I'd appreciate it.

This is because the reasoning that so many folks operate under is the Christian one. I give you now the example of Sodom and Gomorrah [wikipedia.org] , cities destroyed by God for their sins, which allegedly include homosexuality. The conservative Christians are afraid that letting homosexuality run rampant is going to bring down the wrath of God upon them and their cities. It is, I believe, just that simple. The interesting irony here is that some Rabbinic texts say that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because their residents were greedy and selfish (ie, republican) and not actually due to homosexuality. Regardless, the governing belief among the hard-line Christians appears to be that allowing homosexuality to flourish will bring down upon us a torrent of fire and brimstone to punish us for our sins.

So, I think that Christianity is largely responsible for the mentality that homosexuality should not be tolerated. Good luck convincing those people to believe otherwise.

I, personally, don't care how people choose to gratify themselves. If having sex with cucumbers and watermelons floats somebody's boat, more power to them. I'd prefer that they not hold rallies praising the glory of cucumberfucking, but I suppose that's a free-speech-protected right. I actually think that homosexuality does us a favor by helping to stem the population explosion and by way of homosexual couples adopting children which would otherwise not have a safe and loving home to live in. Two birds, one stone.

Re:And much drama abounds (1)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 8 years ago | (#15127401)

islam isn't exactly friendly to homosexuals either...

Re:And much drama abounds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15127697)

Just go away, Dtardredge. You couldn't make a truly insightful point if your life depended on it. Kindly go fuck yourself.

Re:And much drama abounds (3, Interesting)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#15123274)

"although some people are apparently worried out of their mind that same sex couples will have virtual babies and get a taste for the real thing."

Does that mean that the ol' flour bag trick done by most high schools encourages teen pregnancy?

Re:And much drama abounds (2, Interesting)

jandrese (485) | more than 8 years ago | (#15123724)

I wouldn't be surprised to hear that argument. I mean this is no doubt the same camp that believes that Sex Ed promotes promiscuity and that the only thing schools should do is hand out a pamphlet that says "Sex is evil, don't think about it until you're married."

Re:And much drama abounds (1)

Bastian (66383) | more than 8 years ago | (#15125224)

Yeah, 'cuz that whole unit my sex ed class did on all the different kinds of STDs made me really want to go out and have random sex with people I don't know RIGHT AWAY.

Re:And much drama abounds (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 8 years ago | (#15127606)

Yeah, 'cuz that whole unit my sex ed class did on all the different kinds of STDs made me really want to go out and have random sex with people I don't know RIGHT AWAY.
But did the other stuff make you want to go out and have sex with people you do know?

Obviously you had some impresions about STDs and sex with people you don't know or you wouldn't have placed the "with people I don't know" in there. Most teen sex are with people who know each other.

Actually , In my day, they seperatedthe boy and girls, we talked about the makle organ and what it does (girls were reversed), condoms and how they work. Then we saw the female oragsn and what they do, learned about that devil cycle, then learned abuut all those evil STDs and was told the only guarentee to not gettign a STD was by ensuring your partner was clean and sticking with them (in that order). They incinuated we should be married.

In my cousin's day (less then 4 years ago), they explained what intercourse was, what to expect, alternatives to intercourse such a oral sex and masterbation, said it was ok to be gay, and then gave condoms out in addition to what was taught durring my school days. They are also giving these instruction 2 years earlier now too. The only thing missing is a porn flick and some wine.

Re:And much drama abounds (3, Funny)

GeekyMike (575177) | more than 8 years ago | (#15124772)

nope, incourages baking.... mmmm. biscuits

The logical next step (5, Funny)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#15121670)

is to create an online Social Services.

After all, who's going to arrest parents that abuse their online children?

Tamagotchi 2.0 (1)

khasim (1285) | more than 8 years ago | (#15121734)

And if you don't pay attention to your virtual kid at regular intervals, feed him and clean up after him ...

It's Tamagotchi all over again!

Now, if you could just script the kid's upbringing.

All it needs... (5, Funny)

Zephyros (966835) | more than 8 years ago | (#15121701)

...is an alarm that goes off at night, forcing you to log in and take care of it.

huh? (4, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 8 years ago | (#15121707)

I looked up the definition of pregnancy, and found something about intercourse. What is this strange concept? I think it has to do with a city in Pennsylvania, but fail to see the connection. Can anyone help?

Why yes, I do use Linux exclusively. Why do you ask?

Re:huh? (1)

stanmann (602645) | more than 8 years ago | (#15122361)

According to dictionary.com [reference.com] its talking to other people. Better stay home, or you too could be pregnant.

Re:huh? (1)

HardCase (14757) | more than 8 years ago | (#15125487)

So definition number two means talking dirty?

Re:huh? (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 8 years ago | (#15127645)

And don't forget to put your rubbers on when you go out, it is supposed to rain

Re:huh? (1)

pHatidic (163975) | more than 8 years ago | (#15122396)

Why Pennsylvania? Do you associate intercourse with brotherly love?

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15122433)

since you didn't get the joke, there is a place called intercourse. Intercourse, PA.

Re:huh? (1)

cinnamoninja (958754) | more than 8 years ago | (#15122468)

Why Pennsylvania? Do you associate intercourse with brotherly love?

Intercourse, PA. Right next to Paradise, PA. These are real towns in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercourse,_PA [wikipedia.org]

Hmm, now that I read your message again, you might know that. Well, maybe somebody else needs the information.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15122641)

Don't forget about Blue Ball and Bird In Hand Pennsylvania.

Jim

Huh Indeed (1)

Aqua_boy17 (962670) | more than 8 years ago | (#15123948)

After seeing your post, I have done some research on this topic 'intercourse'. I find this concept quite fascinating and I wish to find out where I can subscribe to a newsletter telling me more. Thank you.

Re:huh? (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 8 years ago | (#15127634)

Are you talking about middlesex?

Sex, sex, sex, doesn't anyone just kill anymore? (0, Flamebait)

rueger (210566) | more than 8 years ago | (#15121780)

Seriously though, can't we somehow link this story to the one about on-line virtual hookers [slashdot.org] in WoW?

More seriously, watch out. The religious right doesn't mind if children and others are running aorund blasting each other pieces, but when you start adding sex to the game you'll have them on you like wolverines.

Hmmm... virtual Falwells.....

DID YOU READ THE SUMMARY? (1, Interesting)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 8 years ago | (#15121820)

the hookers are also in second life. same as the pregnancies.

Re:Sex, sex, sex, doesn't anyone just kill anymore (2, Funny)

PFI_Optix (936301) | more than 8 years ago | (#15123261)

fwiw, that crackpot Falwell doesn't like video games at all.

I still enjoy pointing out the fact that the cheerleaders at his school violate several points of the dress code. I guess when you're cheering for Liberty U you're exempt.

You know whats next... (3, Insightful)

Subgenius (95662) | more than 8 years ago | (#15121927)

Online abortion clinics, right-to-second-lifers, the whole bit. Should be fun to watch (and gum up the works....)..

interesting (2, Interesting)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 8 years ago | (#15122069)

never played second life, are you allowed to kill people? how are e-abortions treated?

Re:interesting (1)

chman (746363) | more than 8 years ago | (#15122166)

how are e-abortions treated? I would assume spawn-camping is frowned upon.

Re:interesting (4, Interesting)

A Cheese Danish (576077) | more than 8 years ago | (#15122292)

Yes, you can "kill" people with the right weapon, but the land your avatar is over has to have damage enabled in order for it to have any effect. Even then, when you die, it means you get teleported to your set home point. That's it. No loss of anything for death.

As far as e-abortions, the babies as I know them are fashioned out of prims (the building blocks of SL) and scripted to make certain motions or sayings, kinda like an advanced dolly that pees, cries, poops its diaper or whatever else the creator designed into it. Tossing these things is akin to tosing any other object in SL. In other words, like taking out the garbage.

Also on that note, I've known a couple of people go through the whole pregnancy thing. Some do it because they are unable to have chlidren in real life. Some do it to bring their partner closer. Some do it for companionship. Some do it for fun. One person I knew was pregnant for a month, and then abruptly went back to normal. Their response was that they had broken up with their partner and had no more reason to have a baby.

It's all RP though. Take it for what you will.

Re:interesting (2, Interesting)

jcostantino (585892) | more than 8 years ago | (#15123361)

One person I knew was pregnant for a month, and then abruptly went back to normal. Their response was that they had broken up with their partner and had no more reason to have a baby.

Ouch, better in a simulation than in real life.

I gave SL a try a few years ago when it was in beta, it was neat, I did stuff... The only problem (at least then, I suppose it still is now) was that EVERYONE was out making a buck trying to sell you a book or some other stupid crap. It's like the entire game's pretense was its economy and everything else was second to it.

I've been playing Animal Crossing on my DS and was really into it, I was upgrading my house, collect things to sell and buy more stuff, communicate with my neighbors... and then I realized that was the stuff I was already doing in real life. Then I kind of shelved AC and went back to games that weren't blurring the line between "fun" and "toil."

Whispering tummies isn't the half of it... (3, Funny)

AdamTrace (255409) | more than 8 years ago | (#15122231)

Yes, if you can make a body part that can "whisper" out loud, giving various status updates and whatnot, you can be sure that it isn't limited to mommy's tummy... There are all sorts of "naughty bit" attatchments that will happily tell you their level of moisture, rigidity, or excitement at all hours of the day.

It's the weirdest thing ever.

Re:Whispering tummies isn't the half of it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15122598)

man: hi there
whore: is that a banana in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
man's penis: ACTUALLY IT'S BOTH! SEE?

Re:Whispering tummies isn't the half of it... (2, Funny)

merlin_jim (302773) | more than 8 years ago | (#15122846)

And let me tell you

There's nothing more sexy than clicking on girl's clit and seeing it say:

Girl's Clit is stroked softly by Merlin
Girl's Clit: Girl is lightly aroused
Girl's Clit is nibbled by Merlin
Girl's Clit: Girl is panting

lol who needs streaming video porn when I've got that?

Re:Whispering tummies isn't the half of it... (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 8 years ago | (#15123336)

That's funny, but you forgot the "I put on my robe and wizard hat" [bash.org] part, "merlin!"

Re:Whispering tummies isn't the half of it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15127684)

its even better when they script in a sound pack.

Just emailed my boyfriend.. (3, Funny)

tokengeekgrrl (105602) | more than 8 years ago | (#15123298)

subject: I want to have a baby...

body: ...in Second Life.
[link to article]

Are you awake now?

[eom]

That must have gaven him a momentary heart attack.

hee hee hee

- tokengeekgrrl

Re:Just emailed my boyfriend.. (2, Funny)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 8 years ago | (#15126660)

I don't see how that joke could possibly backfire.

I was married once... (1)

3dfxgamer (897727) | more than 8 years ago | (#15123462)

... in an online fantasy game. We where thinking of having children but that would have severely drained my power crystals.

Premature Linkage? (1)

k31 (98145) | more than 8 years ago | (#15126866)

The linked article is part one of a three part series, but the other two parts haven't been written yet, so it leave me feeling that the story is a bit to premature to link to at this point.

But, then again, it could just be "duped" later, I suppose.

An intelligent baby? (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 8 years ago | (#15128061)

OK, there you get your baby, but, it's only a bot right? It's not a player who would "spawn" as a baby? (I know, the answer lies within TFA, but who will dare to go...)

What I mean is that it's kind of dumb, it's all about people interacting with people, and you're gonna "raise" a damn Tamagochi? It should at least be children SLers spawning as babies...

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