|Helpless Meta Citizens
trapped in wrong Bodies
mess with Meta' campaign.
A Trade fair in Meta, showing off AW to potential
buyers and WHAM !, some citizens loose their appearance. Some avatars were
apparently considered "ugly" and were terminated in Meta. This report is
based on first hand information of one of the citizens who has lived the
horror of finding herself forced to choose an avatar that doesn't
fit her. Is this how respected citizens are treated ? Will the same error
be made as with the Stiff CY, who returned after weeks of action, after
being terminated ?
Call them conservatives, the good people of Meta,
but they do have a point : nobody has the right to strip them. An avatar
is part of someones character, take it away and you take away a part of
the fun of being a citizen. Still in shock our citizen said :
" I can't find an avatar that fits me, this one
looks too childish"
Of course, we're the last on earth to want to
try and stop economic progress and yes we do want Active Worlds to prosper.
But the termination of some avatars is too macchiavellistic.
The citizens protested loudly, some of them tried
more sofisticated pressure :
"Got Enzo to put back the 'Smile Enzo loves you
' neon but only cos I called him 'Your Enzoness'"
"Enzo came to GZ in Meta one day after the Red
Herring Revolution and our telegrams and said 'we will get some cool avs
"'It was then that the citizens of Meta hit upon
the the desperate plan of kidnapping Enzo and holding him to ransom till
their avs were returned, but were only deterred
by the realisation that the shift key could always save him. 'We are at
his mercy' said one despairing citizen. We are
trapped in the wrong bodies, but nothing can trap him.' "
I think it was Wendel who persuaded them to get
rid of most of the Red Herring advertising at GZ which he detested as
'visual pollution'. However I asked if a couple of the ads could stay as
a picturesque bit of urban blight (sort of fits in Meta). Which is more
than the avs do. They don't fit at all. Meta has always been a brilliant
design concept with its Metropolis/SnowCrash/Bladerunner influences, and
none of the avs there now fits this futuristic,dark city theme. What's
worse none of them fits me!
Finally, our source turned to one of our reporters
and told us this story. We'll follow closely the developments of this controversy
and as soon as there's any news, we'll bring it to you.