I'm not really sure that I've understood what Second Life is about, nor why it's so popular. But if it's become so enough that Microsoft has started advertising in a lesbian bar there, perhaps I should?
Microsoft hand-picked 10 Sadville destinations to show off Vista via a virtual press conference that included visits from top executives Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. The venues range from marketing firm displays to steamy man-tamer bars inhabited by avatars with moral and cartoonal flexibility.
Kitten Lulu, an esteemed Register reader and Second Life inhabitant, summed up the locations for us.
- Strawberry Estate, not sure what it is. There isn’t much there apart from an atomium-like structure
- Parioli, a PG Italian sim by Virtual Italian Parks
- Sanctuary Rock, dance and music club dedicated to good rock music
- Elements @ Goddess Of Love 3, one of the leading SecondLife dance and night clubs
- Crayonville Island, a marketing company’s sim
- Isle of Lesbos, the name says it all: an entire sim dedicated to (virtual or real) women who love women (i.e. Second Life’s lesbians)
- Mermaids Gentlemans Club
- ShowGirls Gentlemen’s Club
- Liquid Dreams, in their own words: “The Premier Adult Experience - The newest Adult Club in Industry Offering Escorts, Dancers, Sex Roms, Skyboxes and More!”
- Irie Vibes Club, reggae roots dance hall
LuLu's take on the tawdry collection? "I guess they want to convey the idea that Windows Vista is sexy . . . but not free."
Hhhm...sexy but not free? Perhaps they should be advertising in brothels then?