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Monday, 8 December 2008

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Bad news for home owners in the virtual world of second life as the virtual terrorists have been at it again.

The Linden Dollar (L$) is the currency for this pretend world which people are paid for doing jobs and selling items that they have made. Items are made by using Second Life Script, which creates an object that other people can own, such as a house, a car, a dress or a complete cosmetic make-over.

This scripting has been co-opted by the Free Second Life (FSL) movement several times in the past to cause virtual explosions over brothels and virtual drug dens, as well as make it rain penises or Angelina Jolie. Now they have done it again by creating a Linden Dollar multiplier.

"We got the idea from Zimbabwe," said Slash Dot Con, head of the FSL (his screen name, as he prefers to keep his identity secret). "In essence it looks like a simple script that people can pick up and use to their hearts content, but what it does it multiply the amount of Linden Dollars a person has by ten."

This insidious script has proven very popular with the denizens of the imaginary world in need of a bit of cash and has turned every avatar that found it into a Second Life Millionaire. The location spread rapidly around the worlds and about ninety percent of residents have used the multiplier multiple times raising their capital with no thought as to the consequences.

"This was our intention," said Slash Dot Con. "Before people realised what was happening the Linden Dollar developed inflation of a south-west African nation and is now worthless. With a chuckle, Slash Dot Con said: "It now costs several billion Linden Dollars to buy a new hairdo."

Slash Dot Con states that his hatred stems from the fact that the game designers would not let him create a virtual world within the virtual world where people could get away from their dreary virtual jobs, called Third Life.

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