While we’re on the subject of the thinning effect social online games have on the line between reality and fiction I thought I’d share this, which I (I being the little gnome on the right) stumbled upon in the human land of Ellwin near the town of Goldshire.
Yes, those are two naked (in-game the underwear is as naked as it gets so it’s considered all-the-way) Night Elves and one naked human. Yes, the human is lying down with the elf sitting on top of him so it kind of looks like they’re having sex (no doubt it was a close enough resemblance for their purposes) and no, I’m not sure exactly what the third player is supposed to be doing.
While this doesn’t happen all the time in WoW, I think it happens enough that most people would be surprised. The lesson is that people will find ways to simulate sex in any and every virtual context you can throw at them, the only thing you can do is make them look dorky in the process by putting obstacles in their way.
(for proof of this, see Second Life where no burdens were placed on anything [the world is completely open to be designed by it’s users], and almost everything is somehow related to sex.)