It’s not strictly speaking a game, and it’s been a while since we’ve even mentioned it, but this story about goings-on in Second Life is so strange I have to point it out (and it reminds me of Ted Chiang’s The Lifecycle of Software Objects, so bonus!):
Meeroos, SL’s extremely popular species of virtual, breedable animals created by Malevay Studios, are currently starving. Yesterday, reports Malevay’s Catherine Farspire, unidentified griefers using variations of the avatar name “Meeroos Resident” (the company’s official account) were found selling unauthorized Meeroos food in the region of Twas. (The miscreants, says Ms. Farspire, “built their own [store] in the sky selling fraudulent food”.)
Does anyone reading play/venture into Second Life? What’s it like these days?