Since I began covering RedLightCenter about a week or so ago, one of the more interesting places for me to spend time as an observer and MMO sex blogger has been the RLC forums.
What caught my eye several days ago was a recent thread in which a few of the paying members (VIPs) expressed impatience with the lack of variety as far as what they can do in-world. They were pressing RLC staffers to step up the pace as far as implementing add-on features, including everything from dance moves to places to go.
It should be pointed out that not all users have had an urgent/impatient tone in the various threads where ideas are pitched. Many have just been calmly issuing suggestions, including ideas for animations for romance and spicier sex. What I personally wonder about is when and if I’ll be able to use whips and chains at some point. Also, where’s the guy-on-guy sex?*
But like I said, not all the suggestions are directly sex related. Users are saying they want a rewarding and interesting experience overall — one that doesn’t always have to involve the bedroom. What they are saying in essence, it seems, is that simulated sex can’t single-handedly make a virtual world go round.
Regardless, I would imagine the influx of ideas and demands leaves animations team members and content creators with their hands full, to say the least. I mean, at the risk of stating the obvious, in Second Life, users can satisfy their own needs and wants by creating their own content without having to wait for the next update to roll out. And if a particular Second Life inhabitant lacks the talent, time, patience or interest to whip up what they long for, chances are pretty good they can purchase something at retail that at least somewhat resembles what they are looking for. And in some cases, they’d even have the leeway to customize it.
I think one good question to ask in light of all this is: How long can RLC’s content creators keep this up? Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for them, or have they embarked upon a Sisyphean task? When does the list of kinks draw to an end, for example? Should the folks behind RLC just hand over some good tools so that users can supplement — or if not, supplant — the efforts of those who are working on content in an official capacity?
Fascinating stuff to keep an eye on!
* If all goes well, I should be doing an interview soon with an exec from Utherverse (maker of RLC) with regard to what’s in the works for upcoming features, including how BDSM and sex for gay males rank on the list of priorities.
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