On the blurring of reality and play

Posted by Jer Clarke on April 11, 2006 · General · wow

Sex in world of Warcraft - screenshot by Jeremy Clarke

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.)

Posted by Jer Clarke on April 11, 2006 · General · wow


  1. emily

    my boyfriend plays WOW… maybe he is having sex with other wow ppl through the game!!!
    that bastard!!!

    April 13th, 2006 at 7:14 am

  2. michaell

    we’re totally, officially no longer friends.

    official: because it was stated in the comments section of your blog.

    no longer friends: because YOU’VE LOST IT, THIS IS NUTS! I’m serious, please consider how fucked up you’re behavior has become.

    the other night elf is waiting to be tagged in btw.

    April 13th, 2006 at 12:17 pm

  3. Tim

    they’re so all really guys….

    April 14th, 2006 at 11:17 pm

  4. TH

    Maintaining cheerfulness in the midst of a gloomy task, fraught with immeasurable responsibility, is no small feat; and yet what is needed more than cheerfulness? Nothing succeeds if prankishness has no part in it. Excess strength alone is the proof of strength.

    April 17th, 2006 at 8:22 pm

  5. Devon

    In the mind of a Horde player: “I wonder if those guys are tagged…”

    April 20th, 2006 at 6:41 pm

  6. grudy

    I SAW SOMETHING LIKE THAT! but it was a human trying to give a dwarf a bj!

    May 14th, 2007 at 7:50 pm

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