"People will send me pictures of their [real] kids. The site currently has 20,000 members from 50 to 60 different countries.
It would be hard to put a count on the number of couples who meet on our world." Shuster, who uses Utherverse himself, and four MMORPG players interviewed said they believe dating in Utherverse is far more natural than dating through "flat page" dating sites like Match or Ok Cupid where avatars do not exist. "I'd have notes from women, and if I wasn't interested I'd feel just horrible ... Its premium unlimited package, which allows members to reach out to as many avatars as they want, costs 1425 lindens (units of Second Life currency) a month, which translates to .25.
"Whether it be trading gifts, taking them to scenic views, or sending romantic 'whispers,' the ability to woo women via Wo W is easy," Connors wrote in an email to Huff Post. "We receive subpoenas where lawyers ask for stills of say, a husband’s avatar with other women on Utherverse, because they consider it cheating," Utherverse founder Brian Schuster said.
"A lot of the people on Av Match are looking for online partners only in the site, and many are looking only for friends," Mosel told Huff Post.
"Others are looking for real life partners." While some members post only their avatars -- a perfected image of an often-idealized self -- others post pictures of their offline selves and make it clear that they see dating on Second Life as equivalent to dating in real life.
"That's kind of a big debate: some people view it as a game and other people don't, they see it as an extension of their lives," Mosel said.
"Those who only see it as a game don't always see the human aspect of it.
In September, they decided to take things to the next level and see each others' faces for the first time.