Obama, Clinton Supporters Battle in Second Life

April 18, 2008 -
As the crucial Pennsylvania primary draws near, competition between Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is heating up in real life as well as Second Life's virtual world.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, SL's Obama and Clinton supporters have been griefing one another of late:
The trouble began in March 2007, when Obama supporters held a rally... [other avatars] raided the virtual Obama headquarters. They littered it with T-shirts, posters and signs sporting anti-Obama messages or expressing support for Sen. Clinton and Republican contender Rep. Ron Paul...

During a November rally at the unofficial virtual Clinton beachfront headquarters, supposed Obama supporters hid under a dock and then emerged with signs, shouting via connected headsets and shooting at people... it's unclear if the disruptors were actually from the Obama camp...

Last month, virtual gunmen disrupted a planned Obama march, shooting and pushing people around. That knocked some marchers offline... The Obama group responded by teleporting... to the CNN hub... to hold their rally. But soon images of a Clinton campaign poster and a clip of Sen. Obama next to a photo of Osama bin Laden were flying all over the screen...

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[...] wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptAs the crucial Pennsylvania primary draws near, competition between Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is heating up in real life as well as Second Life’s virtual world. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, SL’s Obama and Clinton supporters have been griefing one another of late: The trouble began in March 2007, when Obama supporters held a rally… [other avatars] raided the virtual Obama headquarters. They littered it with T-shirts, posters and signs sporting anti-Obama messages or expressing support for Sen. Clinton and Republican contender Rep. Ron Paul… [...]

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Second Life: the game for people who don't have a first one.

@kurisu7885

All of them dude. All of them.

Ihnawy I hard

...

Wow.

I thought "penis spam for my candidate" would be a troll's sport but apparently it is more widespread than I thought.

Also first.

This is kinda what I mean when I myself talk about the devision of the democratic party. Anyalists say this and say that and some talk how things aren't that bad.

But I already heard a few stories of supporters psyhically fighting each other....so I tend to believe the split is that bad.

Is it bad that I find this kind of nonsense hilarious?

Second Life: Serious Business!

This is why I prefer First Life. There's no anonymity in First Life, which means no people running around like idiots.





Wait...

The democrat party is going to destroy itself out of spite when Hitlery loses the primary.

The people who will be pissed that Obama won just won't vote. It's that simple.

To be fair, all the candidates are pretty bad. McCain is the best of the bunch, amazingly enough. If we vote Hitlery in, it'll be the end of America as we know it.

This is like the height of stupidity.

First off - you almost have to be a moron to believe one lying politician's lies over another - they are all the same, just tell different sets of lies - 'both' parties. I use 'both' as a very loose term, as I firmly believe each and everyone of them is just laughing at us as they rob us blind...

It's clear each and every contender for the presidency has told multiple lies, odd how people still will believe them.

Sheep indeed...

Shit like this makes me wonder why the candidates don't make every attempt to distance themselves from SL as much and as quickly as possible. How do they think this is a good idea, at all?

SL politics sound way more fun than RL politics!

Where's the flying penises?

I'm being modded?

This is one of the reasons I HATE politics.

I wonder how many Obama messages were flat out racial slurs and how many anti Clinton messages were stuff like "Get back in the kitchen!!11!1!!11"

As much as I think Second Life is a complete waste of time it is necessary to keep the drooling troglodytes out of first life. Well most of them anyway...

Am I the only one thinking "um....why Ron Paul?"

Still though, you can expect more of this kind of trolling in the future as the world becomes more internetz-ized

@chadachada

Few people have supporters so fierce.

Wow, if someone really want to do political messages do them in reality land, 3/4 of the eople who play an mmo most likely won't get up long enough to vote, since ya know that Kaz raid is in an hour. Also vote for Cliton is minus 50 dkp! Couldn't help it :P.

Nuke the whole fucking game; problem solved.

@ Nekowolf

If one could proform such acts in Second Life, I would actually try it.

LOL, this is crazy! I wanna try the game now!

@ chadachada

I was thinking the same thing about Ron Paul

@Ebonheart

There has to be. I think that if some griefer can down entire servers with christmas-themed genetalia, they can make a bomb.

@ Dark Sovereign,

Something well coded can eat up the server's memory in an instant. A well coordinated team can nuke SL easily and the extremely uncoordinated PNs have already nuked some servers in a pretty gruesome way.

The Horror. The horror.

Maybe this IS PN.

That would be neat. If I played second life I would be shooting at Hillary clinton supporters all day long!

ok this is just to weird for me...

What the hell is Second Life?

While I don't support griefing, I think the goon squad has the right idea. The 2nd Lifers take everything too damn seriously.

Frankly, I think MMO denizens are the laughing stock of gamers and the internet in general.

Yeah, this doesn't sound like much other than "lulz."

@ GRIZZAM 512

It's a game where you walk around and talk to other real life people.

@ Wookiee

Why are MMO players a laughing stock but online gamers are not? I'd rather hang out with an MMO player than a screaming bitchy little kid/adult who acts like a screaming bitchy little kid. At least MMO players are social.

"screaming bitchy little kid/adult who acts like a screaming bitchy little kid."

You've obviously only used Xbox Live.
On PSN, the foul-mouthed juvenile racists of that sort are likely to be shouted down and have no one to play with (at least in every online game I've been in). But I'm first and foremost a PC gamer, and I can tell you that Quake, Team Fortress II, Counterstrike and multiplayer Gary's Mod are remarkably civilized communities.

@Wookiee

World of Warcraft actually is as well. Same thing that happens on PSN happens there.

[...] GamePolitics.com: Obama, Clinton Supporters Battle in Second Life [...]

Second life = Counter Strike without guns

@Wookie

You're April 18th comment was hilarious.

Actually there isn't a huge problem with idiots on XBOX Live. Then again, I play games like Uno, Carssacone, and Brain Challenge online so I could be wrong.

I can't comment on MMOs simply because I have never played one. Yet, this whole Second Life news is a riot. After the hysterics subside, I'm left asking: 'are you serious?' Are people really that obsessed that they'd take to killing each other in the virtual world? What the heck happened to having friendly discussions albeit virtual or real? Man what is wrong with some people?

[...] Obama, Clinton Supporters Battle in Second Life gamepolitics.com/2008/04/18/obama-clinton-supporters-battle-in-second-life/ As the crucial Pennsylvania primary draws near, competition between Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is heating up in real life as well as Second Life’s virtual world. [...]
 
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