I don’t doubt that this sort of general joke is extremely common among users of an application called Second Life, but I wouldn’t know for sure as I was just introduced to the whole concept this past weekend.
I’m not into gaming, so it’s hard to describe just what this eight-million-member strong “metaverse” (virtual world) is, other than a potentially huge time sink. There’s no single objective and no way to “win” or “lose,” so it’s not a game by traditional standards, and those who get paid memberships can actualy make real money by selling virtual property, dabbling in porn, and so on. I’ve only gotten far enough to pick a name (they give you a finite choice of last names; my real one happened to be among them, so I went with “Umbilicus Beck”) and design a character.
While you wander around the virtual world, others may approach you on foot, on vehicles, or by literally flying in. They can get in your face and IM you; in return you can execute crisp dance maneuvers, ignore them, and probably do a host of other things I’m unaware of and will probably remain unaware of because my system and video card are far too slow for this kind of crap (I use my computer for word processing, surfing the Web, e-mail, and little else). Still, if anyone has any input go ahead and slap it in the comments.