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Thursday, May 28, 2009


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Nalates Urriah

There are certainly a lot of AV's trying to have sex. So, there must be something going on.

caLLie cLine

wow i thought it was only me who felt something when we kissed *winks*


There most certainly IS research being carried out on avatar sex by reputable institutions :) Very interesting stuff.....the whole psychosomatics of it all.....

Dawny Daviau

I loved to give money for Realy for Life!

Hamlet Au

@Jazz: Which studies are you referring to? Would love to follow up.

@Callie: !!!


I think Callie felt something when she kissed me, too. Check out the picture at the bottom of this post.

Mitch Wagner

I felt weird about the whole thing myself, pretty similar to the ways you describe. Not sure if I'll do it again.

Alicia Chenaux

LOL! Now I'm really regretting not waking up in time to come smooch on you for charity.

Viorel Daviau

Smooching. Good stuff...good stuff.

Nova Dyszel

It is one of the most amazing mysteries of sl to me, how much I feel what I experience with this combination of the real time exchange of words and a shared jointly controlled virtual visual world, inhabited by me/ my avatar. I can't really explain it to friends who have not experienced sl and I think, James, that there are things that you and others who have not shared intimacy through this medium, can't quite imagine.

The more time and energy and emotion I invest in that image of me through which I walk and interact with the world inside sl, the more I feel back through my screen everything that happens to my avatar (me). I can feel a violent attack. I can feel a kiss. I feel shy about getting naked, and I feel the exhilaration of dancing. Of course I don't feel it in exactly the same way as those experiences with my physical body, but real and powerful nonetheless.

I recommend I, Avatar as an interesting book talking about the projected self as avatar relationship.

Arcadia Codesmith

Even in a virtual world:

You must remember this
A kiss is still a kiss
A sigh is just a sigh
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by


I had an odd situation happen to me where an acquaintance on FB who knows I am married kissed my Yoville avatar while I was not online. I discovered it had happened while cleaning up my notifications list (this app sends notifications whenever you interact with other FB users).

I have to admit, I felt very creeped out by it because that is something he did intentionally, knowing I was not online, and I don't know him well enough to consider that "funny". The hair on my neck stood up when I saw it. Very uncool...

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