Some people love pets, dogs for example. Others love them that much, that they need to breed dogs (or other animals) in Second Life. Yesterday I was shown a place that could easlily be classified as a virtual dog breeding center.
The person who showed me this (his) place, calls himself „Schweini Spitteler“, short: Spitte. I actually met him about two weeks ago on a role play sim (I will write about that in a separate blog post). I guess you imagine now some kind of nerdy avatar, maybe a bit like Sheldon Cooper in „the big bang theory“. I cant blame you. Hey, we are talking about breeding virtual animals here.
Wrong! He is actually very good looking and nowhere near to what one would consider nerdy or otherwise strange and just in case you are wondering (I know you do): no, I did not have sex with him (yet).
Spitte explained me how this works. Basically you buy certain strater-raced pixel-dogs, which have some kind of a meter attached to them. The meter shows the different attributes of the dog, its state of mind, gender and a lot of other things. They actually just stand around, unless you activate them by clicking on them which basically makes them walk around (hurray!).
If a female dog gets a 100% on the heat meter (this is not a joke) you bring the bitch to a male pixel-dog so they can breed. I know what you are thinking now, but no, that doesn’t happen. The dogs are actually well behaved. No matter how high their heat is and no matter how much they would love to hump each other, they wait until you log out. Its then when it happens. This is probabably to protect them against abuse from perverts being into zoophilia or robotophilia or both. Maybe its just to make breeding pets a G-rated activity in Second Life.
Next time you come in-world: tataaaaa the bitch is pregnant. For pregnancy there is also a meter and when the pregnancy meter gets to 100% she gives birth to a puppy. No, of course not. Come on, these are virtual dogs. Virtual dogs don’t give birth to puppies, they give birth to little boxes called „kennels“.
Once you have this box, you right click it and choose „birth“ and by the magic of virtual space a little dog appears. Now you have to feed the little puppy and make sure it breads within the next 120 days. After this time frame the dog looses its capability to reproduce.
I asked Spitte, what the point is. Basically its the fun of seeing what comes out when you cross certain races with certain attributes and such. Spitte seams to be particularly proud on those white ones here:
So let me sum this up: You spend money to buy pixel-robo-dogs which can reproduce themselves automatically. You need to wait and wait until such happens and the outcome is yet another pixel-robo-dog.
Honestly? I still don’t get it. Whats the fun in this. Why do people do this? If anyone can shade some light on this, please leave a comment!
/me points to the comments form!