Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lively Is Anything But

Well, it appears that Google's Lively does not allow sexual content of any kind.

"Our community standards prohibit sexually explicit images and rooms intended for sexual activity, even if virtual. When we become aware of 'sex rooms' that violate or Terms of Service, we'll work to remove them."

No sex chat at all. Period.
"We don't allow nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material. This includes making sexual advances toward other users."

You can't even flirt with someone - that would be "making sexual advances." There goes the breast cancer education photos as well - that would be nudity. This makes "the nipple controversy" at SL5B seem downright trivial.
"When browsing or searching for rooms, some Lively citizens come upon these rooms as the top results, which can erode their Lively experience...Lively is intended to be a place for Lively citizens to connect with each other and express themselves freely and in a safe environment," Google said.

You can express yourself freely, as long as you adhere to Google's Puritanical sense of morality and their sense of "free". Free as in you cannot create your own content and you cannot express yourself without fear of the "sex police" finding fault with what you said.

What does that leave?

"Hey, nice weather we're having. What about those Mets?"

"Let me show you this *awesome* hat I got!"

To which everyone takes out and wears *the exact same hat*.

Zero differentiation on appearance, on action, on conversation.

Oh, did I mention that it's slower than SecondLife?

I think I'll stay with SecondLife where I can have all the sex, drugs, and rock and roll I desire. Even if I'm not allowed to show a nipple...

5 comments:

ArminasX said...

I think you are allowed to show nipples - Just not at SL5B, which is now over.

vint falken said...

ArminasX, only on Mature sims. But dunno if you ever frequent PG! ;)

Tiessa, I totally agree with you - did blogger learn how to accept trackbacks already? - and like to add 'So sex erodes an experience? Hmmm. How many % of the searches on Google made by the average human are for pr0n (torrents) again?'

But I think I found two reasons why this can be a positive thing! ;)

AterNox said...

"To which everyone takes out and wears *the exact same hat*."

lol this actually happened to me.

Zoe Connolly said...

What it *does* (or did) leave is violence against women, as depicted in a video on YouTube called "women deserve what they get in Google Lively"

The video showed several scenes of some Neanderthal asshole punching and kicking women from one room to the next. Even more objectionable was the comments I read! Many of which relished the notion of seeing the image of a woman undergo such actions from a male image.

Unless someone was a total noob who was unaware of their online abilities, Second Life gives far more power to women and much more control over a variety of situations. An avatar in SL would choose the option of receiving abuse for RolePlay. There's not much of that available in Lively.

At least not yet. The good news is...I've been in contact with Mel Guymon (Head of 3D Development at Google) via email. He asked me for advice on the next gen of Lively avatars. Anyway....

After I discovered the YouTube video, I wrote him another email addressing my concern over the avatar interaction problem and expressing my dismay over the video.

Results: The YouTube video was taken down for TOS violations. The Lively team will now take a look at the animations list. I was very pleased by the quick response.

In general, I consider Lively a nice chat room and nothing more, it will never replace SL for me. But it's something I like to use when I want something different.

Anonymous said...

"The video showed several scenes of some Neanderthal asshole punching and kicking women from one room to the next. Even more objectionable was the comments I read! Many of which relished the notion of seeing the image of a woman undergo such actions from a male image."

Gahahahahah downloading now.