So, faster than is usually the case for the Woodburies/The Wrong Hands/goonds/b-tards/e-hoodlums, Sandvich, the Valve theme park sim in Second Life, was taken offline. The accounts have been banned, and the Lindens have once again confiscated a sim related to Tizzers Foxchase (Jordan Bellino) -- for the fourth time now since 2007.
Sandvich -- so named for what a Russian NPC called his lunch in some game -- was planned by Chris Toumanian (Sarilia Tryce), business partner to Tizzers in real life to serve as a base for Steam fans -- as Second Life is going to be listed on the popular gaming network Steam. Both had been active in first a Reddit sim that then was banned and respawned (or was renamed one step ahead of the G-team) to Sandvich.
Chris is crying the blues on Twitter and making it seem as if he did nothing wrong except provide a creative outlet for Steam fans, and used permissible copying as in "fan art" and "fan fic". He's bawwing that Linden didn't even send him a DMCA notice and they "should have talked to him first". Why?
Chris is also QQing on Reddit -- where there is a thread about the banning which isn't at all in the top view, despite the, um, "hordes" on Reddit -- about which we'll hear more in a minute.
Chris implies that the Lindens removed him because of copyright concerns, i.e. swiping Valve's artwork from games.
But I doubt that was really the issue, or at least, not the only issue.
The first issue was alt abuse. If you were permabanned from Second Life on one account, it's a violation of the terms of service to return on another, new alt account -- and that's what Tizzers did with this sim by making yet another alt, called Hissyfits, with the in-your-face display name of "Tiz" to let the Lindens know that he felt he could act with impunity.
I don't know the history of Toumanian's accounts in SL or whether any were banned, but it doesn't matter -- if he aided and abetted alt abuse, he would be implicated. And indeed he did, as Mud Kips and other notorious SL griefers like Jim Korpov of Korpov Korpov Korpov infamy were all re-spawned and gathering there.
But there's more. When I swung by (I've visited exactly twice), I saw that all the items there had been made obscene. The statue of Valve CEO Gabe Newell as a white jello-like sculpty now sported a dick, as did that little creature in the gas mask whose hand he is holding as a statute (ugh). Mud Kips was running around with a naked cock as were others. I abuse reported the maker of the obscene statue. Somehow I think that Gabe Newell would draw the line at "fan fic" or "fan art" that portrayed him in an obscene manner worse than even slash fic.
Why did I cross the Metaverse to go to this silly griefer installation and make an AR? Not out of any vindictive sense of net-nannying, although I could be understood for that. I never visit their sims and very rarely AR them for things they are not doing directly on my sim (I can think of one other time when they were griefing Anshe's land -- the very first time I encountered them inworld in real time, in fact -- when I AR'd them).
No, I went there looking for any evidence of those very alts harassing me all the time with effigies and land setting overrides (and they are indeed exploits and bugs as is widely recognized by those who actually examine the situation). I didn't see them, but while I was there, I saw Mud Kips (I believe he was also Hazim Gazov) who also used to grief me on my sim regularly -- and that's alt abuse. Whenever I saw their alts come back, I'd AR them if I saw them in the info hub. So it was alt abuse and adult behaviour in Mature.
Likely other things went on. The whole sim was filled with objects flying on physics and crashing, particles, people doing crap that undoubtedly crashed it.
This account (Chris?) is whining about how he lost his sim (and it must be Chris as he always indicated he was the owner.
And there's a fake "Prokofy Neva" (not me, as my account is named just "Prokofy" on reddit) spouting about Lenin and the NKVD in fake Prokofy-talk.
Coincidentally, we heard that Yoz Linden was fired today, and basically sent a fuck-you to the Lab by saying on Twitter, "Never forget you are building a fucking world."
I have no idea if his departure was at all related to Sandvich -- likely not, as I never knew him to hang with griefers or tout Woodbury as some Lindens did -- but I definitely don't view making Sandvich as somehow legitimate world-making, as from the beginning, it was -- as I explained perfectly well -- taking up the place that the real fan base of Steam would have occupied had they made a sim. And it was taking it up with fakers who had already used a commuter college and the popularity of the Bronies to trojan their way into SL with griefing and harassment, PN style.
Note that they made a Valve theme park -- to spoof the company and get in their face -- not a Steam theme, really. That's pure Pixeleen. And boring. Because it's not good parody that's even funny. Like I said, the repetitive jackboot on your land with effigy litter, the repetitive penises on everything and everyone -- boring, and the banality of evil.
My estimation of the Lindens has gone up immeasurably. This was record time for their getting rid of the Woodburies/goons -- every other time, it was when Jack Linden and Philip or M or somebody else was in charge, not Rod. Rod didn't get rid of the Bronies invasion, but he did get rid of some accounts. This is the first sim he's taken offline -- and for cause. Good! Why mess up the Steam thing? And it's they who *would* mess it up, not me who has *rightly* expressed fears of griefing upsurges in SL when we are listed, and has *rightly* AR'd this gang for their world-salad Eddie Haskell crap yet again.
The Wrong Hands imagined that if they could just find a popular Trojan horse, they could keep getting away with murder, and the Steam and/or Valve thing looked perfect -- bullet-proof. I actually thought it might take a year or more to get the Lindens to decouple, especially when I saw Torley praising it on his feed, Cheesey and Wheesey -- or whatever these new Linden names are -- going to visit, etc.
There was this strange interlude with Danger Linden on Twitter -- I still have no idea whether that is a real account or not, it's not verified and he hasn't confirmed inworld that it's him.
Tizzers -- who confirms his link to the Wrong Hands in case anyone doubted by putting their old website URL on his profile -- is making classy tweets like this one:Tizzers @Tizzers
"You don't advertise a premium brand in a toilet." -Mercedes Benz on leaving Second Life. #secondlife
I see no evidence that Mercedes, which was briefly in SL, ever said anything remotely like this.
What's annoying about these griefers is that they were harming the brands of both Second Life and Steam and their makers with their fake fanboyz sim which was knee-deep in permabanned griefers, and they will then try to get another whack at the brands by making it seem like -- gasp! -- the horror! -- Linden Lab has stifled their "creativity" and made it seem like Steam people won't have fun or innovation in Second Life.
That's a load of crap, of course. You don't have to go on a sim and nearly crash it and put penises on all the statues in Mature in order to be creative. If you reaaaalallly need to do that, you can go in Adult and label the sim "adult". Ah, but then it would have less visitors, eh?
If you want to have a creative sim, you don't have to copy a company's artwork, either. You can make a tribute and a fan base without having to do that, it's done all the time.
You don't HAVE to assemble all the worst permabanned griefers of SL who are actually the least creative, as they get ALL their story ideas from *me*, and then repeat their Soviet meme infinitely to the point of banality, as I said.
So it will run it's course, and then the real Steam people will be free to come and fill up the spaces as they see fit, and hopefully there will be a number of Steam communities that will find some value of SL that won't consist of just the worst griefing ganking gamerz.
A post-script from the kind of enabler that makes these griefscapades possible every damn time -- one of those big-shot developers who thinks he knows it all and thinks I'm the problem, and not griefers.
Reed Steamroller (what a name!) was put in charge of mesh development and hawking by the Lindens -- I think they must have hired the company where he works, Sand Castle Studios
I've crossed swords with him before because he's an arrogant ass -- the way devs get in these worlds and games. Remember that obnoxious machinima they made to get us all to "transition" to mesh by making it all seem like we were backward dweebs and feebs for not letting them find a new way to flush more money out of SL?
I also challenged him when he let notorious griefers join his mesh dev group -- and he'd finally, begrudgingly -- remove them.
Now he's getting indignant and acting in the usual superior geek way about this decision by LL to pull Sandvich -- he thinks it's "dumb" because it only brings them more attention or gives them a bad name.
But it doesn't. Reed is wrong.
Oh, and so much for these SL devs forcing everybody on to mesh as their "job"?! He isn't even in SL...
[20:44] Reed Steamroller: Making friends on Reddit I see.
[20:44] Prokofy Neva: Yeah your little friends got baninated and rightfully so
[20:44] Prokofy Neva: http://secondthoughts.typepad.com/second_thoughts/2012/09/griefers-steam-theme-sim-taken-offline-by-lindens-accounts-banned.html'
[20:44] Reed Steamroller: I'd never heard of it before I saw it there. But that was retarded, dumping the SIM I mean.
[20:45] Prokofy Neva: No it wasn't at all
[20:45] Reed Steamroller: Nobody else had heard of it either.
[20:45] Prokofy Neva: It's the FOURTH TIME a Tizzers sim has been removed, der
[20:45] Reed Steamroller: But now reddit knows LL's name.
[20:45] Prokofy Neva: where have you been?
[20:45] Reed Steamroller: So dumb.
[20:45] Prokofy Neva: no
[20:45] Prokofy Neva: it's the right thing to do when permabanned griefers keep coming back
[20:45] Reed Steamroller: I've not been in SL is where I've been.
[20:45] Prokofy Neva: you get rid of their nest, their mains, and you send 30 of them packing
[20:45] Prokofy Neva: lasts for awhile anyway, and each removal gets faster
[20:45] Prokofy Neva: it's all good
[20:45] Prokofy Neva: if somebody wants a steam sim they can make one without Tizzers
[20:46] Prokofy Neva: it was all fake and you know if you are honest
[20:46] Prokofy Neva: but you aren't evidently
[20:46] Reed Steamroller: Perhaps you aren't aware of SL's reputation outside of SL.
[20:46] Reed Steamroller: It isn't the best.
[20:46] Reed Steamroller: And reddit is a horde of people.
[20:47] Reed Steamroller: A definite opportunity for LL to brush some of the shit off of SL's reputation.
[20:47] Reed Steamroller: Well, not anymore.
[20:47] Prokofy Neva: Um, it's a reputation among your little cesspools like some back water group on Reddit or some silly IRC channel.
[20:47] Prokofy Neva: Reddit isn't a horde of people
[20:47] Prokofy Neva: it's the same core of assholes you find everywhere pretending they are a horde
[20:47] Prokofy Neva: and the "horde" around SL is like a few insects lol
[20:47] Prokofy Neva: please
[20:48] Reed Steamroller: I forgot this is like playing chess with a house cat or something.
[20:48] Reed Steamroller: later on.
[20:48] Prokofy Neva: The shit being put on LL's reputation was being put on by those assholes who deliberately hijacked this theme
[20:48] Prokofy Neva: are you daft? where have you been the first three times this was done
[20:48] Prokofy Neva: with Woodbury, Patriotic Nigras, Bronies, etc. etc. 4chan
[20:48] Prokofy Neva: same shit different day, truly
[20:48] Prokofy Neva: you're just not admitting it
[20:49] Prokofy Neva: And they count on people like you biting the bate
[20:49] Prokofy Neva: *bait