The plaintiffs stated accurately, "users can mimic sexual acts, going as far as rape scenes, bondage, zoophilia and scatophilia." While Shuster and his late business partner, Ray Schwartz, actually created Utherverse in 2005 to put a new spin on adult sex sites by creating an MMORPG version, he found an almost immediate demand for weddings and opportunities to foster romance, not just virtual hookups. It's like real life -- you can meet in a club or a comedy show." In 2007, however, Marc Mosel, 42, decided to combine elements of flat dating sites and online and virtual dating.
"There are 100 [virtual] weddings a month right now, which is mind boggling," Shuster said, and they often lead to real long-term relationships. Mosel created Av Match, a dating profile site similar to or Ok Cupid for users' Second Life avatars.
The next month, Meta and Kinzee moved to Colorado with Sean and Josie.
"We are each other's missing puzzle piece," said Sean, who is currently pursuing an associate's degree in IT information systems in real life but is a DJ in Utherverse.
From users hiding their real-life marriages from their Second Life spouses (and their Second Life marriages from their real spouses) to people signing in as multiple avatars -- male and female -- to couples finding real love, Mosel has seen it all. He describes virtual dating as the ultimate way to meet women. With so many users, there has been plenty of opportunity to meet women." Different members have different ethical standards when it comes to virtual fidelity.
"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.
The twice-divorced single father proposed on Christmas Eve, and the couple married after Meta, who now works at a local junior high school's lunchroom and coaches the cheer squad while maintaining her job as a wedding planner in Utherverse, had finalized her own divorce.
Finding Virtual Love MMORPGs cater to the needs of a diverse range of users -- "I don't like to call them players," Utherverse co-founder Brian Shuster said.
"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.
Sean and Meta, 37 and 38, respectively, met as avatars.