“I had heard Duran Duran were playing a virtual gig and wanted to see them, so when my avatar, Kira, saw Nik, I got her to go up to him and ask if he was Nick Rhodes.He said, ‘Maybe I am, and maybe I’m not’ and it all started from there.It gets even weirder once you realise that Kristen’s mother logged on to Second Life to see her “daughter” Kira wed Nik and that Steve’s mate was his best man, watching, all choked up, on the sidelines.The bizarre event was the culmination of five months of cyber-dating, during which time Kirsten and Steve’s avatars met in Second Life, struck up a virtual rapport, had virtual sex and moved in together, virtually.And it seems as though increasing numbers of us are at risk from the spectre of digital adultery.
Her online lover comes from England and is a terrifying, dark-skinned hunk with multiple face-piercings and no shirt.
I felt as giddy as a teenager, I was walking on air.” Second Life certainly holds a great allure to a great many people; around 15 million have become “residents” since it was founded in 2003, and more are joining every day.
Exponents insist it’s not a game – there are no rules.
Meanwhile, husband Lee, an insightful, sympathetic man, was desperate to reclaim his wife from her virtual infatuation, and hovered helplessly in the background in a state of near despair.
“Our kids have said to her face that the computer means more to her than they do.