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    Second Life sex causes divorce


    A couple are divorcing after a woman found her was husband cheating – with a virtual character in an online world.

    Amy Taylor caught estranged husband David Pollard having sex with an animated woman in Second Life. 'I went mad – I was so hurt. I just couldn't believe what he'd done,' said Ms Taylor, 28. 'I looked at the screen and saw his character having sex. It's cheating, as far as I'm concerned.'

    The couple met online in 2003 and, within months, she had moved into 40-year-old Mr Pollard's flat in Newquay, Cornwall.

    They spent hours together on Second Life, where players create fantasy lives, with jobs and relationships.

    After two years, the pair married – in real life and in the game – but Ms Taylor said she knew something was wrong.

    'I had my susp­icions about what he was doing in Second Life,' she added.

    In February last year, she caught her husband's avatar, Dave Barmy, having sex with a call girl in the game.

    Her character, Laura Skye, hired a virtual private detective to investigate his online adultery.

    But Mr Pollard apologised and begged for forgiveness.

    But the final bombshell came this April, when she caught her husband with his new online flame, Modesty McDonnell.

    'I caught him cuddling a woman on a sofa in the game. It looked really affectionate,' said Ms Taylor, who filed for ­divorce the next day.

    'He confessed he'd been talking to this woman in America for weeks and said he didn't love me any more.'

    Ms Taylor said she was down for a while – but now has a new man, who she met in the online game World Of Warcraft.

    Welcome to the future.
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2008
    Just... wow.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2008
    Eh, old news. People have been getting divorced over cyber for years; the fact that Second Life allows for an actual visual component to it is just another detail.
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2008
    ...There's actual MONEY in being a virtual private detective? Wow.
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2008
    There's money in almost any service in Second Life, just often not very much. The article doesn't say whether it was a Second Life detective or a generic cyber-stalker for hire, of whom I've encountered a few, who run the gamut from freelance googler to full-blown private investigation, plus internet profiling.
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2008
    I just think it's humorous that she's "moved on" and found a new man... through World of Warcraft.
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    Welcome to the future.


    When the great collapse comes people like this are going to waddle out into the sunlight and end up as a decorative pelt.