Some gave us their avatar names, while others went with pseudonyms.) Sam knew from the outset that he had no intention of ever meeting Kat in real life. (As you might imagine, some people interviewed for this story did not want to reveal their full names.
That’s what it looks like on a January Monday in Belfast, as Game of Thrones films its seventh season here.
The topic was raised recently on the forums by a concerned father who had cancelled his son's account after reading the obscene public chat in the inn (via Wo W.com).
A Blizzard rep responded that the game operator did actively police offensive behaviour in public chat channels and via unsolicited in-game messages - although it leaves consensual private messages and party chat alone.
Just over half of men — 53 percent — think that’s cheating, as compared with 73 percent of women. “It’s a 3-D avatar having sex with another 3-D avatar,” says Wagner James Au, author of the Second Life blog New World Notes.
Ratchet that up to online talk or “Webcamming,” and the cheating meter ticks up slightly: 57 percent of men think that’s a no-no, while 77 percent of women do. “What looks like a hot blonde babe could be a 60 year-old man in Milwaukee.” But at some point, Sam’s in-world relationship with Kat began to intrude on his real life.