Barack & Michelle Obama Available as Second Life Avatars

July 22, 2009 -

For a price, Second Life users can now cavort in avatars which are close to being dead ringers for the President and First Lady.

New World Notes reports that a very realistic Michelle Obama avatar has just been completed, while the Barack Obama avatar has been available for some time. Both are the creations of SL entrepreneur MrSigmund Fride:

As one would expect, [Michelle Obama] is on default elegantly coiffed and smashingly dressed, and about as instantly recognizable as Mrs. Obama as the avatar version of her husband. (Creating avatars based on identifiable real world celebrities, as this series strongly suggests, is no easy task.) One significant shortcoming: the avatar's arms aren't as perfectly sculpted as the First Lady's most famously are...

Other popular avatars based on real-life figures are Italian President Silvio Berlusconi and Chinese actress Gong Li.


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Re: Barack & Michelle Obama Available as Second Life Avatars

I downloaded a 'SIM' for SIMS3 - that looks just like Obama. You know, I really don't care for his politics a whole lot - but I respect him as a human being and all.

Not one I'd play in SL - if I ever did actually feel compelled to try that again - 99.95% chance - not... but I wouldn't play in an Obama skin - but on that - he/she did a pretty good job on those.

Re: Barack & Michelle Obama Available as Second Life Avatars

I'll post just to mention: the term 'Available' gives the impression, to a retail-centric audience, that SL or Linden Labs themselves are offering these avatars.  The linked article makes it clear that they're created by a user in Italy and sold for in-game currency, as are many designs and objects of wildly varying quality in Second Life.

I haven't logged in myself in many years, but the extremely open player-run economy was always the most unique yet little-known things about SL.

Re: Barack & Michelle Obama Available as Second Life Avatars

Who gives a fuck?!

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Re: Barack & Michelle Obama Available as Second Life Avatars

Second Life + these avatars + rule 34 = Barack uh-oh...

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Re: Barack & Michelle Obama Available as Second Life Avatars

wha....?

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Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone's feelings.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Barack & Michelle Obama Available as Second Life Avatars

................This is totally off topic but I only just noticed it. Jedi im pretty sure freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, regardless of whether its the truth. The theory being that having free speech allows greater deliberation and hence helps us discover the truth.

Re: Barack & Michelle Obama Available as Second Life Avatars

By truth, I'm talking about the opposite of lying, seeing as slander and libel (the intentional telling of lies in vocal and print media, respectively) are illegal in America.

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Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone's feelings.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Barack & Michelle Obama Available as Second Life Avatars

Well you should clarify it then because freedom of speech and free media are totally different things. Media outlets are bound by certain conditions namley being honest (though Fox news tests that) But Freedom of speech is a totally different concept, applying to individuals and groups.

Re: Barack & Michelle Obama Available as Second Life Avatars

Every media outlet tests the boundaries of "truth."  Remember five years ago, Dan Rather told some lie about the Bush Administration (I can't remember what it was) openning up an FBI investigation, getting members of his staff fired for telling outright lies.  Also, newspapers are almost as bad, writing big stories on the front page, finding out weeks later the whole story was a complete fabrication, then writing a "retraction," but burying the retraction in the middle of the D-section of the newspaper, most likely so nobody would actually read it.  I have no problem with retractions, I just think they should be on the same page of a later issue of a newspaper as the original story.

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Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone's feelings.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Barack & Michelle Obama Available as Second Life Avatars

Gah I sounded rude in that last post. Don't take it that way.

 
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