I just discovered an old but pretty interesting thread started by Kelly Rued of Black Love Interactive over on the site’s Sex in Games forums. The reason I bring it up is because I thought it was somewhat relevant to a topic I’ve been posting about on and off over the past several weeks: Photorealism in virtual space.
Kelly asks, Are toons sexier than the real thing? That’s a good question to throw out there. I suppose there is a pretty significant degree of appeal to a graphically rendered person who’s so recognizably made of pixels, perhaps partially due to the fact that real-life bodily imperfections are banished in favor of idealized physical traits. And like Bossgator commented in the thread, virtual incarnations can help us venture outside the everyday and immerse us in fantasy — I would say an experience akin to looking at the glossy pictures of the air-brushed models gazing out from the pages of adult magazines.
Regardless, as I’ve mentioned in the post below, the best damn digital depiction I’ve laid eyes on so far is the female dancer in DreamStripper. I’ve yet to see something like that inhabiting Second Life, and I am very skeptical as to whether it’s even possible to create an avatar in SL that is as convincing-looking, specifically in terms of skin texture, anatomical detail and authentic-appearing facial features. But I could be entirely wrong. In fact, I’d like to interview someone knowledgeable about skins in Second Life who also can speak about the topic with authority and some eloquence.
Rolling in Linden cash
Anyway, to take a drastic turn in terms of topic so I could end this post on a self-congratulatory note, I made L$1300 yesterday from a client at my Second Life BDSM dungeon, in what amounted to roughly an hour’s worth of sadistic beatings, verbal lashings and sex. The sum translates to a whopping $4.67 in U.S. currency, based on the Linden Lab (makers of Second Life) exchange rate earlier today. OK, so it’s chump change, but it was a personal best for me in terms of earnings from a single customer. And the total should even take care of about a week’s worth of land-use payments for my large, in-world property where my land-hog castle is located.
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