Our avatars would do all the stuff normal couples do, like talking and going to clubs or ice skating.
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.
Carolyn has red-blonde hair and is pretty in a homely way, dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt.
It’s a world where you don’t have to be dumpy, or from Nuneaton, one where your avatar can look like a model, shop for virtual designer shoes and make virtual friends.
You can start a new career, own a big house with a pool and, increasingly, fall in love.
Exponents insist it’s not a game – there are no rules.
Rather, it is a “synthetic world” with shops and cars, theatres and estate agents, where you communicate with others via instant messaging or voice.
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.