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Doing Pixel Boom Boom - not limited to SL?

November 22, 2008 8:49 pm

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I’m sure ‘pixel boom boom’ - an euphemism for ‘3D virtual sex’ or whomever you wish to call it - happens in other Virtual Worlds and MMORPG’s too. Yet, Second Life gets always targeted by the RL press. Of course, you have ‘dedicated’ virtual worlds such as the Red Light Center, but I wonder, do World of Warcraft, the Sims, Entropia Universe, … avatars have a sex life too? And all the necessary bits & pieces to make ‘virtual intercourse’ a true ‘immersive experience’? :D

Avatar Sex at IMVU - SFW
NSSFW version here - original by Miss Share Rile here

For example, IMVU has a ‘black market’ for ‘pixel boom boom’ equipment: “Don’t expect to be taking part in stuff like this often, it’s against the rules and the black market is very secretive about handing the furniture.” When asked if this ‘IMVU Orgy’ is not illegal, against IMVU’s ToS, Miss Shara Rile answers: “There is, they just hide it reeeaaally well to avoid being banned. Can’t stop people having their fun I figure.” Now, errr, I have a few questions:

  1. What price does the ‘needed furniture’ switch owner for? (an average, converted to USD)
  2. Are IMVU avatars born with genitals, or do these bits need to be purchased? Or even better, do they come attached to the furniture?
  3. What’s the punishment if you get busted?

Hoping to get an answer from Miss Rile soon. In the mean while, do you know of any other virtual worlds or mmorpgs where avatars can have an - maybe illegal but healthy and more or less visually appealing - CGI sex life? ;)

13 Responses to “Doing Pixel Boom Boom - not limited to SL?”

Eirik Haefnir wrote a comment on November 22, 2008
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There are millions of sex items for Sims 2. I wouldn’t count it in the same way as MMOs though since all of the sims are controlled by the same player.

Neverwinter Nights (and NWN2 in a slightly smaller amount) also have a large BDSM and cyber community, they are D&D games, but very moddable and allow people to run their own private servers.

dandellion Kimban wrote a comment on November 22, 2008
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I wanna know how prohibition of sex is stated in the ToS?

Vint Falken wrote a comment on November 22, 2008
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Oopz… apparently, they have an ‘adult area’ locked behind a purchased ‘access pass’. But still, in the category unsuitable for IMVU (see below): ‘Nudity: aroused genitals’. :D

From the IMVU ToS:

… you agree not to, without limitation:

# Post anything that exploits children or minors or participate in a group that exploits children or minors.
# Post content involving sexualized “age play” (regressive role-play in which one or more characters is a minor) in which any participant, character or role is or may be perceived as being anything other than a consenting adult.
# Post any content that is mature or adult in nature on the “general audience” section of this Site that is inappropriate for a general audience. This is more appropriate for the “adult section” of this Site.
# Misrepresent your age in a manner that, if you are an adult makes you appear to be a minor or, if you are a minor, is anything but your actual age.
# Use explicit/obscene language or solicit/post sexually explicit images (actual or simulated) or to participate in racially, ethnically, or otherwise offensive language.
# …

They differentiate between:

General Audience (GA) - Goods available to all users. Users are required to be 13 years or older, as laid out in the IMVU TOS;

Access Pass Only (APO) - Goods available only to users aged 18 years or older who have purchased the Access Pass product. The Access Pass is only available to users who are 18 years of age or older, regardless of parental permission;

IMVU’s Virtual Good categorization’

General Audience: Cartoon violence, Blood, Body Modification, Cartoon Violence, Comic mischief, Crude humor, Edutainment, Fantasy Violence, Gaming, Informational, Mild Violence

Access Pass Only: Alcohol Use and Reference, Animated blood, Blood & Gore, Mature Humor, Nudity, Profanity, Sexual Themes, Tobacco Use and Reference

Unsuitable for IMVU: Copyrighted/TM material, Cruelty to Animals, Discriminatory Products, Drug Use and Reference, Harm to Minors, Hate Products, Intense violence, Malicious Content, Nudity: aroused genitals, Personal Data, Sexual Violence, Strong sexual content, Suicide, Violence, Wagering

So I assume this highly depends on how they define ‘nudity’ & ’sexual themes’ vs. ‘aroused genitals’ and ’strong sexual content’. But overall, without aroused genitals, no sex? ;)

Vint Falken wrote a comment on November 22, 2008
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Which they define as follows:

Sexual Themes - Mild to moderate sexual references and/or depictions. Includes any sheer/transparent lingerie and undergarments even if they meet the coverage guidelines.

Strong Sexual Content (UFI) - Graphic references to and/or depictions of sexual acts including, but not limited to, penetration/intercourse, and/or oral sex with or without another avatar or any other object; additionally, this includes any overt sexual toys and/or aides.

Nudity: aroused genitals (UFI) - Depictions of aroused genitalia and/or unrealistc or overly detailed genitals

There’s an additional ‘Virtual Goods Intimate Pose Policy’:

Intimate avatar poses, including but not limited to avatar lap straddling, are considered Access Pass Only except in cases where they are sexually graphic and/or explicit in which case they should be considered unsuited for IMVU.

Erbo Evans wrote a comment on November 22, 2008
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Well, EVE Online doesn’t even have avatars yet…at least not until CCP rolls out the “Ambulation/Walking in Stations” feature, currently expected in spring 2009. Whether they’ve made allowances for pod pilots getting their freak on when out of their pods has yet to be determined.

Vint Falken wrote a comment on November 22, 2008
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So the only possibility now is to ‘dock’ one’s spaceship to another? LMAO! Thanks for clarifying, Mr Evans!

Erbo Evans wrote a comment on November 22, 2008
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LOL…actually, you can’t even do that; player ships don’t collide in EVE, they just “bounce off” one another. (Usually, this will elicit a comment from Lexx or Selena along the lines of “Hey, quit scratching my paint!”)

Tho Millgrove wrote a comment on November 22, 2008
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It cracks me up to think of a room full of lawyers writing up the TOS with all of those explicit but clinical definitions. And “overly detail genitals” really cracks me up.

Shara wrote a comment on November 23, 2008
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Haha, I just saw the image! Sure, I don’t mind if you use it in this way at all. ^^

About the questions…

1. Furniture can go from 2000 credits (for simple furniture like chairs) to 9000ish (for erect male genitals, though that’s not too different from SL now ;D ) up to around 15000 (for beds with lots of poses like the one in the picture) from what I managed to discover.

$1 = 1000 credits by the way.

2. Unfortunately just to get your character undressed you’ve got to purchase an Access Pass and THEN you can buy parts that’ll make you nude; guys still need to buy their genitals with unerect ones allowed and widely available.

3. Easy, if you made them you would be banned permanently, otherwise they would remove it from your inventory and refund your credits.

I hope that clarifies some things from an insider. ^^

Dale Innis wrote a comment on November 23, 2008
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In WoW, you need to install underground client-side patches just to be able to see characters naked (the as-shipped skins all have rather modest underwear on), and the closest I can imagine coming to anything sexually suggestive visually is to have both parties lie down on the same bed, slide around until the bodies seem to have sensible relative positions, and then exchange hawt IMs. But there wouldn’t be any external bits, or appropriate motions.

Note that I have no actual experience with WoW modding, or the secret inner hacking details, so it’s possible that those Really In The Know know of more stuff. But really, WoW? 90% of the players probably still think that member of the opposite sex have cooties. Or at least they act that way. :)

Shara wrote a comment on November 25, 2008
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Dale, most WoW players believe everyone playing is a guy. If only they knew the truth~

Dale Innis wrote a comment on November 25, 2008
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That is probably one of the factors. :) On the other hand, there’s extensive use of vent (i.e. voice) by many guilds, especially in raid situations, so there are presumably a significant number of cases where (for instance) there are a bunch of straight guys who know that behind that sexy female Draenei Death Knight is almost certainly a sexy (or at least sexy-voiced) female human WoW player. And the idea probably scares them to death. :) (Heck, it scares me!)

Seige wrote a comment on July 28, 2009
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If they think they can get away with it, people will GIFT a large amount of credits to the developer who has the furniture or accessory desired. The arrangements of these transactions are done off site via email or other chat programs. No, the avatars do not come with the goods, they have to be purchased. The females however, do have detail skins and if the buyer has an AP (AccessPass) they are able to remove the clothing or use very revealing clothing, I also add that female avatars are not allowed to have “Erect” nipples but every now and then you come across one. The male avatar is allowed a flaccid genital but must be purchased, anything other than that is cause to be disabled completely from IMVU, this includes your account and any credits you have purchased, any products you have created as a developer, any groups you have open anything you purchased in your inventory. You lose everything your account had. It all becomes the property of IMVU.
Most people on IMVU keep away from the Black market stuff these days due to IMVU having a close on transaction coming from other web sites and not the IMVU catalog.

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