Taylor met her spouse in an online chatroom while playing the game, and the couple married several years later. This is the second time her husband has strayed virtually, according to Taylor, who said she discovered his online avatar having sex with a “Second Life” prostitute shortly after their marriage began.
She later hired another avatar, a private investigator, to doublecheck his virtual fidelity.
Apparently so, at least for an English woman who made the news after filing for divorce, saying her husband’s virtual cheating was just as bad as if it had happened in real life.
“It may have started online, but it existed entirely in the real world and it hurts just as much,” Amy Taylor, 28, said in an article in Time magazine.
I don’t know where the real user was located, but our virtual meeting space within Second Life was called “The Netherlands.” Or maybe “she” was really a he, controlling a female avatar. If it’s not clear already, “virtual sex” can be a little complicated.
But there was a real person on a computer somewhere in the world making her avatar have sex with my avatar by clicking a pink ball on the ground.
And like a social(able) network, once a request is mutually accepted, you then have access to that person in your ‘Connections’ submenu, and will receive notifications whenever they pop into From there, you simply send a chat request, wait for it to be accepted, and you’re chatting face-to-face with your buddy in VR in the location of your choosing.
If he hadn’t clued me in to that, I don’t think I would have noticed.
The addition of randomly queued character events, like a scuttling crab or a stork on his walk across the beach, gave us something gab about at as we discussed the future of Fans of Polygon’s Monster Factory will find the avatar creation tool somewhat lacking in comparison to some of the slider-based systems available on AAA titles, but clearly leaves you with enough options to make a Hawaiian shirt-wearing techno viking.
Avatar Random Chat is the first Xbox service that pairs Xbox Live Enabled strangers from around the world together for voice-based conversations.
At any point, either user may leave the current chat by initiating another random connection. To use this service you must buy this app and have an Xbox Live Gold subscription and a Mic or Headset.