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Friday, January 06, 2006

Second Life Terrorism

Second Life is a 3D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by nearly 100,000 people from around the globe.

Unlike other massive multiplayer online experiences, Second Life has few restrictions and provides broad and flexible content authoring experiences for developers interested in building, creating and evolving the world of Second Life.

Second Life provides our expanding developer community with ownership of anything it builds or creates in Second Life. It is yours to sell, trade or monetize within the rapidly increasing population of Second Life Residents.
- Second Life, website

So being able to create everything you want, what would you do? The notorious W-Hats, commonly known as Second Life terrorists, a group of SomethingAwful users, has made it their objective to bring havock upon the world behind the flag of free expression. They spawn inappropiate material around the world and strife to crash the servers.

One way they do it is by using the in-game script editor to create so called griefing spheres, a "self-replicating objects that fill a sim to capacity, choking off all avatar movement and ultimately incapacitating server after server until the entire Grid goes down."

The developers of Second Life have come up with a idea to treat wrongdoers by teleporting them to a isolated in-game prison dubbed The Corn Field, where they'll stay until their suspension has come to an end. The place is a endless field of corn rows, with the only exception of a very slow tractor and a television looping the black & white 1940 educational film Boy in Court, about a troubled teenager on probation trying to avoid a life of crime.

"Yaffle was disappointed at the "insanely slow" pace of the tractor, and bored by the only channel available on the television"

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