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March 12, 2009

A new era of segregation; pack your shit folks!

Filed under: Second Life Shit! — Tags: , , , , , — Hugsie @ 11:32 pm

The latest of the line of bullshit from the ever-wise minds at Linden Labs is making a new attempt at “saving the kids” from the evils of adult content. When will these people just give up?

Basically they want to move landowners containing adult content into a different group of sims, and separate them from the non-adult ones.  This is called segregation, yet LL is doesn’t use that word.  They want to uproot everyone, and move them so some other group of sims that has been deemd as “adult content” and keep them seperate from the rest of the grid so users won’t accidently wonder into land that has giant 10 foot tall cocks, and adverts for giant boobs, and images of nudity, etc.  OMG we must protect the children’s eyes!  Thing is, who the hell logs into SL NOT to find adult content? If you don’t want that, login to There.com and watch a bunch of tweens running around saying OMG! ad nasium over voice chat.  But I digress.

This will not apply to island owners, but landowners who reside on the mainland. The basic idea behind this so someone who’s exploring a “pg” friendly sim, won’t wonder around and find adult content.

They will probably force these land owners to pack their shit up, and move out. Force them to acquire NEW land wherever LL chooses to segregate them at, make them totally rebuild their establishments.  LL will probably just allow a landrush to occur, causing a lot a chaos as to who ends up with what land. I doubt they will simply pick up someone’s land, as-is, and let them put it back the way it was before.  Places like the Shemale Sex Palace, and Sex Garden are owned by two different owners.  They are interconnected with each other to create the place as we know it now.  This will end up splitting and fragmenting that area up, and it will no longer be the same. Assuming either land owner want to BOTHER doing this, after they have been uprooted like this.  And it could take weeks for some establishments to rebuild, possibly loosing sales.

Their blog post also talks about how they will now be able to let users search w/o adult content.  Umm.. we can already DO THAT, by simply unchecking the “include adult content” box in search (the old search, not the crappy useless web search).  They also want to make it so that if you’re “verified” you won’t be able to search for adult content, nor even teleport to such a place. This is especially bad since if a noob isn’t able to SEE what’s available till AFTER they pay for membership, or just buying some L$, they probably never will.  The majority of noobs want to get on.. find someone, have virtual sex, and then log out.  If they can’t do that anymore, then SL will have a hard time keeping their new users occupied long enough to want to pay for more of it.

This is also where “adult verification” rears it’s ugly head YET again. However they also made a point that credit card/payment info verification will ALSO be used to allow users to explore adult areas.  Now what the hell is wrong with this?  Wasn’t the whole POINT of “Adult verification” was the fact that having a credit card doesn’t always mean the card older is 18 years old?  Duh?

Why don’t they just segregate the non-adult content land owners, and move them elsewhere? There’s a lot FEWER of these types and less likely to tare everything up.  Why must they focus on the adult content users, which has to be a huge majoirty of what goes on in SL.  This tastes too much like discrimination, considering the fact the majority of SL’s economy is adult entertainment.  I wouldn’t be surprised if some overly-moralistic right-wing (I know better, so should you!) conservative bible thumping, tight-asses are involved in this.

So what was the point the point of having (PG) and (Mature) sim in the first place way back like 7-8 years ago?  Why didn’t LL simply lay out newer Mature and PG sims already segregated over these years as the grid grew, rather than the randomness they had allowed to occur?  Why do land owners already have the ability to flag their land as having adult content, as well as setting permissions allowing/denying based on criteria such as payment info, and adult verification, if they have to keep putting up with more and more restrictions that don’t work?  Why must they keep pushing this bullshit on such a vast majority of their user base that makes a huge bulk of the money LL makes?

I can understand why they want to segregate.  I mean really it would be nice to wonder around outside the Shemale Sex Palace, and find more deviant areas, sexy shops, groups of horny people and so forth, rather than the boring crap I see now.  Often I see empty lots, or elabrate homes with no one seems to be using.  Shrines to Budah.  Small shops selling crap no one wants. Random lots with just random junk in it since the land owner is a total noob and is clueless.

Thanks to the lack of any forethought of Linden Labs, we have to endure more control tricks.  But keep in mind they are making this an open wide discusstion in the forums, which most people don’t bother to read.  But the people who do read and respond will probably knock this down to the point where it’s not going to be very effective like Adult Verification was.

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4 Comments »

  1. This sucks but par for the course. Just like when they changed the teleport method and then closed the casinos.

    It would be nice if a boycott could be organized. Let them take a hit in the pocketbook for a week or two and see what happens.

    Comment by terrie constantine — March 19, 2009 @ 7:14 am

  2. Second Life: Land of the WEAK home of the BROKEN

    First of all, I have been there, have done that. Had clubs, owned land, made friends, money, and fell in love. Second life on the surface, especially for the newbie and Entrepreneur/artist is a fun and cool place to make some friends, and make some money. It is looked at as a supercharged chat room, a video game. But the nature of its name is where the insidiousness is. As much of a second life (SL) as it might be, in order to operate you still have to use your Real Life (RL) abilities. You do not follow a different thought and emotional pattern when in SL. You can only use what you know in RL. But kidding yourself is one of the appeals of SL. You eventually get lost in it.
    At first it is new and exciting. Like a new video game. Learning the functions that move your avatar around, visiting places and socializing with the natives. You are perfect, and you can fly. No sickness, no need for money (well not as much) and people don’t have bad breath and, as a “normal”, “intelligent” person, it is an interesting place to explore and learn. But it eventually becomes one of three things. 1. Boring, like a video game you have played over and over. 2. An environment to explore your creative ability to design and sell things. Or, 3 it consumes your psyche.
    The first two are what they are; the third is the meat and potatoes of SL. This is the one that is more consistent. Do you really think the folks at Linden Labs are spending their free time on SL.? No, they are spending the money they are making in RL (SL is a business so it is RL for them) on RL things.
    There comes a saturation point where you walk away or get sucked in. I will say this for the last time and it does not apply to you newbie’s, or the smart ones that are making money off the lonely. It is a place to hide from reality. It is a place where weak, lost souls go to escape from the depth and breadth of life. I will allow some latitude for you shut-ins. Some people have nothing else but the four walls of the room they are in. SL can provide a form of “human” entertainment that they otherwise would not be able to get. But, that just causes the shut-in to let go of their emotional self being even more. This is a hard pill to swallow, no one wants to take a good look at them selves and most do not. But the covert nature of SL allows you to cut loose. Sort of the absolute power corrupts absolutely theory. People that stay too long get lost in it. And yes, justifying all the way, that it is just a game. For the predator, and a predator is weak by nature, it is a place to be free of thought and persecution. To dominate the weak that makes SL their home. And, it is a place for the weak to not be judged, a place that they can feel and accept that who they are is ok, even if it is with the few. Some people can handle the trials and tribulations of life, some can’t and they end up in SL. You start to see a symbiotic circle of relationships in SL. For the people designing objects to sell, they may not interact totally and directly with the person/s and, their sales may come from across the board. The newbie that is playing the “game” to the obsessed, but, the obsessed is a long term customer. Theses business individuals usually get in, add new product, convert their lindens to dollars or pounds and get out.

    The tragedy is the weak and broken. Don’t roll your eyes, In the Real World we are always conned with flashy marketing to get us to buy something or believe something in order to be more acceptable. Magic creams or potions. Don’t kid yourself; Second Life is about making money. Making money off of what? Our loneliness and our lack of self worth in the real world. HELLO, McFly!! It is called Second Life.

    It might be simple, you build a club, people come and visit or create a group, and you solicit for members. People get together and boom, you feel wanted and needed. Building your dream home in the clouds and littering your lawn with cool things like jets and swimming pools. That can make you popular. Walking in a park with your perfect Avatar girlfriend/boyfriend, no RL issues so it is a perfect relationship. That leads to good puppet sex. Mmmm nice. All this is accomplished by tugging on your weakness, your emotional frailty. Either you are not getting it in RL or are too afraid to face the truth of how to exist in RL. You can’t handle the truth and if you are a long term SL puppet, you just can’t handle life, Real Life. Don’t get me wrong, we all like to escape from time to time.

    In some places it is much darker, like I said before, predators hunting the weak. The Gorean Master and the slaves that he takes control of. This one is unusual, in that the Master has total control over the slave. The “slave” giving not only total control of their Avatar, and who can communicate to them, but also, control as to when they will or will not talk to what they can wear. Believe me this does carry over to real life. Imagine the fun of kneeling next to your Avatar Master and saying nothing. Second life being nothing more then a place to be told what to do, serving fake food and ale. You want to call it guided, or taught? Hey, what ever floats your boat? I know just a video game, right? This setup just allows the predator to get in that persons head and develop a false sense of security. Tell that to your husband, wife, girlfriend, or boyfriend. Why you are glued to the PC instead of enjoying life, REAL LIFE. And, couples also get on there too, as couples, this is a nutty one. Worked hard all week, beautiful weekend, and, you both are on a computer, every free moment, building and designing that special home, having that child you never could have. (Yes, people do play the part of the child.) I find it unhealthy when instead of developing a better real life and real relationship in RL. You take that precious time and waste it. Yes, ok… You are free to do what you want. But there are plenty of damaged people on SL. And your fantasy could be causing them to loose sense of reality, along with your lost sense of reality. Their marriages, get funky, destroyed, their children get neglected. And you get a ridiculous God complex that makes you anti social in the Real World, which just plummets yourself deeper in to SL. Cha Ching! Sweet business you got Linden People.
    You have the 50+ couple that spends every “free” moment in SL being the King and Queen. Oh, and so good to their obedient subjects. At their beckons call, at their total command. Or, the sexual perverts. Ok, my opinion….. That can now live out the fantasy of doing it with a farm animal. Or, kneeling down and being the public toilet. Sex is rampant in SL. The anonymous nature of your avatar is something too. You really do not know if the man is a woman or the woman is a man, plenty of men that are living out their desire to be a Transsexual, or a woman. Plenty of women that want to love another woman, so she hides in the body of a man. I guess what you don’t know won’t hurt you. Hey, no one is getting hurt, no aids. Nicey nice. The soul is willing but the flesh is weak. So, the wall that SL provides, allows for an easier transition to experiment. Sad part is as your getting deeper and deeper; you are getting more lost in fantasy then reality and they start to blend. Actually, you probably were lost between the two to begin with. Now you go out into the real world. Take a break; meet one of your SL friends. Break the rule, cross that line; remember SL and RL are supposed to be two different places. People meet up, some get married, the rare few. But mostly it is a letdown, disappointment, and harm to others. It is a dirty little secret. Who wants to tell people that you got into that trouble because you decided to meet your “make believe” friend?
    Lips stay sealed, people get hurt. And in the end, the only place they feel right, the only place that people understand is right back on Second Life. CHA CHING!

    Comment by Chaz Maz — March 19, 2009 @ 10:48 am

  3. Pay Sindy back what you stole and help her move,simple isn’t it:)

    Comment by Take A Guess Who — April 5, 2009 @ 12:52 am

  4. You’re completely misinformed, Jack. Exactly what did I steal from her? Exactly how did you learn of this, besides the twisted gossip and rumors you’ve probably heard. Maybe if you read my blog more often you’d understand the facts, not the twisted logic and bullshit you believe in. You’ve proven time and time again that whatever information you do have, is completely wrong if not completely twisted. Please go get some therapy Jack.

    Comment by hugsalot — April 7, 2009 @ 6:34 am


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