(Yes, and sex, too.) Even though our characters are just animated pixels on screens, it is indeed possible and even likely that you will form emotional attachments to some of the “people” you encounter there. You can even get “married” (partnered, in SL terms). Hell, SL had same-sex marriage long before the rest of the United States.
I Know What You’re Thinking
Aisling, how can you act out love scenes in SL? How can you have sex? Well, by now I’m sure you’ve discovered Poseballs. They can be used for any number of things, including dancing, hugging, kissing, and even making love.
There is also furniture with built-in poses you can use (be sure to turn off any AO you may be using).
There is a real live person behind every avatar, a person with real feelings and emotions. Keep that in mind when you form relationships or attachments. In short, don’t be a douchebag. It’s the Golden Rule, people: treat everyone the way you would want to be treated in real life.
And there are even places explicitly designed to foster love and romance. Frank’s Place Jazz Club is one of the more popular places. It’s a formal setting, and it has a dress code. But don’t worry: they’ll provide you with a free tuxedo or ball gown if you need it.
Wonderful Dreams is another popular spot. Lush gardens and other beautiful scenery abound.
To find more places, open a Search window and enter the term Romance.
The ‘Verse, and Companions
Based on Joss Whedon’s Firefly series and his movie Serenity, there are several groups dedicated to keeping alive the legends of the Browncoats.
Among these are Companion guilds and houses. My friend Emma is about to enter training to become a Registered Companion.
As you can see, Emma’s not human, although she is humanoid. When she completes here training, she will be everything you would expect from a bona fide Companion from the Firefly ‘Verse.
Well, that’s enough to get you started. Remember, your Second Life is only limited by your imagination!
Until nest time,