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Friday, May 09, 2008

Seeking Real Relief In A Virtual World

The developer of a popular virtual world on the Internet has begun seeking donations to ease the real-world suffering of victims of Cyclone Nargis in the Asian nation of Myanmar.

Simuality LLC has joined the effort to help relieve the suffering in Myanmar in the wake of Cyclone Nargis. Special donation kiosks have been developed and are being placed in high-traffic locations in thevirtual world of Second Life, with coordination being arranged via the Simuality welcome center on their main island.

The death toll for the cyclone could reach 100,000. Relief has begun trickling into Myanmar, which used to be known as Burma. The nation is ruled by a military junta.

In addition, links to the donation centers are being featured on thefront pages of all of the Simuality sites, including SlippCat, the recently unveiled metaverse advertising system, Avatrait the web site associated with the popular Second Life art gallery of the same name, and the main Simuality site, according to a statement about the online relief effort.

Virtual world donations are being collected in the Second Life currency of Linden Dollars. All monies collected will be donated to the International Red Cross to support their efforts to help relieve the effects of the massive devastation left by the tropical storm, the announcement says.

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