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While sitting together on the couch in their physical living room, they recited their vows in front of hundreds of cyberfriends in an extravagant Utherverse ceremony complete with a long dress, hired DJ and elaborate decorations.
Finding Virtual Love MMORPGs cater to the needs of a diverse range of users -- "I don't like to call them players," Utherverse co-founder Brian Shuster said.
In September, they decided to take things to the next level and see each others' faces for the first time.
Sean and Meta, 37 and 38, respectively, met as avatars.
Given the long hours spent together on adventures, which can involve anything from a picnic on the floating rocks of Nagrand to slaying the two-headed, yellow-eyed, flaming-toothed Core Hound, he said, "[B]y the time you get them to hop off Vent" -- a plug-in that allows Wo W players to talk to one another -- "they are already sold. "We always say no." When Daniel Blackburn signs onto Second Life as Cody Bolero, an Adonis-like 26-year-old avatar (Blackburn declined to disclose his real age), he sees his online relationships as totally separate from his real relationship.
"I have been with my partner for 19 years," the Dallas native told Huff Post.
"A lot of the people on Av Match are looking for online partners only in the site, and many are looking only for friends," Mosel told Huff Post.
Other gamers make a living in businesses created on MMORPGs. The French watchdog organization Familles de France filed an unsuccessful lawsuit against Linden Lab, the creator of the MMOPPG Second Life, opposing the adult content of the site.
The plaintiffs stated accurately, "users can mimic sexual acts, going as far as rape scenes, bondage, zoophilia and scatophilia." While Shuster and his late business partner, Ray Schwartz, actually created Utherverse in 2005 to put a new spin on adult sex sites by creating an MMORPG version, he found an almost immediate demand for weddings and opportunities to foster romance, not just virtual hookups. It's like real life -- you can meet in a club or a comedy show." In 2007, however, Marc Mosel, 42, decided to combine elements of flat dating sites and online and virtual dating.
"There are 100 [virtual] weddings a month right now, which is mind boggling," Shuster said, and they often lead to real long-term relationships. Mosel created Av Match, a dating profile site similar to or Ok Cupid for users' Second Life avatars.
From users hiding their real-life marriages from their Second Life spouses (and their Second Life marriages from their real spouses) to people signing in as multiple avatars -- male and female -- to couples finding real love, Mosel has seen it all. He describes virtual dating as the ultimate way to meet women. With so many users, there has been plenty of opportunity to meet women." Different members have different ethical standards when it comes to virtual fidelity.
"Whether it be trading gifts, taking them to scenic views, or sending romantic 'whispers,' the ability to woo women via Wo W is easy," Connors wrote in an email to Huff Post. "We receive subpoenas where lawyers ask for stills of say, a husband’s avatar with other women on Utherverse, because they consider it cheating," Utherverse founder Brian Schuster said.
Things can get very real very quickly." Separating Virtual Reality From Reality-Reality According to Mosel, what would happen over the course of weeks in real life occurs in days, if not hours, online.