Because terrorists may be secretly chatting with each other while also trying to level-up their paladins and warlocks, the National Security Agency thought it was a good idea to eavesdrop on online games like World of Warcraft and Second Life, and on gamers who used Xbox Live. [More]
Spending your time behind a computer and playing in a fantasy universe can make you fat, but it can also help you lose weight. A new study shows how a group of people who went to a gym in the online virtual world “Second Life” were actually able to lose weight in real life, an average of 10 pounds over the course of 12 weeks.
Second Life is a sprawling online community in which subscribers, wearied by the employment and consumerism of their unmagical lives, log-on to a virtual realm where they can engage in such activities as holding virtual jobs and buying virtual goods. It’s post modern escapism at its most pathetic: at least those belching, LCD-irradiated sows pretending to be a virtual elf in other online games are doing something they can’t do in real life.