Second Life and the World's Worst Children's Book

The rabbits aren't dead, they're sleeping. They simply can never wake up.

Virtual rabbits across Second Life will fall asleep on Saturday then never wake up, now that the their digital food supply has been shut down by a legal battle. The player-made and player-sold Ozimals brand of digirabbits are virtual pets that players breed and care for in the sandbox MMO, and even need to feed by buying DRM-protected virtual food. But they rely on servers. Waypoint reported earlier today that the seller of Ozimals and the Pufflings virtuabirds has received a legal threat he says he cannot afford to fight, so they've shut down. By Saturday, rabbits will run out of food and enter hibernation.

The rabbits aren't dead, they're sleeping. They simply can never wake up.

[...] At least the Ozimals' birdy cousins, the Pufflings, had a swift death. They shut down instantly on Wednesday when the servers went down, while rabbits hold on with the food in their cyberbellies.

Ozimals did give rabbit owners a brief chance to save their rabbits. Before shutting down, they gave away items which make rabbits not need food -- and leaves them sterile. Some rabbits will live on forever, the last of their kind. If you wish that fate upon your rabbit, apparently some kindly players have a stash you're welcome to.

Your DRM-addicted pet bunny can be like Cancer Puppy from The Magicians! It can spent eternity with its viscera riddled through with botnets and blockchains!

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9 Responses:

  1. Are you saying there are animals in second live that aren't used for sex?

  2. Owen says:

    Wow, Second Life is still going huh?

    • Thomas Lord says:

      It is run entirely by bots from Third Life -- a secretive, distributed and decentralized AI that takes over and elaborates the online lives of human subjects while recycling their biomass. In addition to the 100% automation of utterly formalized and rationalized humanity, the Third Life AI performs garbage collection services, efficiently dismantling all physical historic records, leaving in place obvious fakery that reveal the past simply as somehow corrupt, uncertain, and indecipherable -- the past as a kind of primitive religion that society shall have to forget and do without. History is nothing, anymore, but a literary conceit.

      • James says:

        efficiently dismantling all physical historic records, leaving in place obvious fakery that reveal the past simply as somehow corrupt, uncertain, and indecipherable

        That's a pretty good description of the Google Books UI which won't render on small displays.

  3. nightbird says:

    "Your DRM-addicted pet bunny can be like Cancer Puppy from The Magicians! It can spent eternity with its viscera riddled through with botnets and blockchains!"

    Or you can trash them like any other broken toy.

  4. NT says:

    You think I can afford a real rabbit?

  5. Dominic Mitchell says:

    I liked yoz's tale about the horses.

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