Why do people start virtual families and have kids in Second Life? That’s the question tackled in the latest edition of “The Drax Files,” which explores last week’s high-profile debut of Zooby Animesh Babies in Second Life. Zooby’s latest release is one of several popular virtual baby offerings in Second Life including Suki Babies, K-Mae and Funsies.
“People really like to care for others,” says Carrie Tatsu who is a pioneer in the creation of virtual babies in Second Life. “Human connection is human connection. We have human connection when we meet people face-to-face. We have human connection virtually. Both are valid.”
When mentioning her business in casual conversation, Carrie is no stranger to the outright dismissal of this phenomenon as strange. Why would anyone in their right mind be interested in nurturing an assembly of pixels inside a digital world?
“There are a lot of people in virtual worlds who can’t have babies...or maybe they are just people who want to connect with other human beings across the world. I’ve gotten multiple letters about this.”
In the video, Carrie reads an example of one such letter. “All my life I wanted to be a mommy. After three miscarriages and a hysterectomy at 40, I felt my dream of being a mommy would never be realized. Then I found out I could have babies on SL...I just had to tell you how thankful, grateful and deeply appreciative I am to you for making my dream a reality.”
Carrie adds, “What [virtual family roleplay] does is it provides a way to experience having a baby with somebody else. Roleplay becomes something that becomes much more genuine in a space that you design. Second Life gives them that opportunity to exist as we see ourselves...where we don't feel like we are judged. We can have an experience that is genuine and real.”