By Mylie Foxclaw
As Valentine’s Day is approaching, I thought of interviewing a few persons to learn more about how they felt about Valentine’s Day and romance in Second Life. If this first part, I interviewed 6 male residents at random and asked them 5 questions. Responses were interesting and amusing in some instances. Let’s see what these SL residents had to say. I’m using only their initials when I will refer to their personal opinions.
First, I asked each guy to tell me about the type of person who would be an ideal date. Overall, they all believe that a good-natured person would be perfect. Someone smart and good-natured. Of course, each guy also has his own qualities as well. A.L (Guy 1) believes that that person should not be jealous. He also adds that he likes women who are open-minded and do not limit themselves to one guy. R.C (guy 2) thinks that someone who is naughty and argumentative would be perfect. G.H (guy 3) also likes those who are open-minded. S.B (guy 4) wants someone who has common interests. J.L (guy 5) and S.R (guy 6) told me that they like those who can carry a good conversation.
Next, I asked each guy about their ideal place to go if they have a date. A.L and J.L both opt for romantic outdoor themed places (forests, beaches,etc). S.R and G.H think that ballrooms would be perfect. S.B told me that he’s like a colourful sim with low lag and R.C told me that his ideal place would be a creepy themed sim like Netherwood.
Concerning the ideal gift, responses were interesting. A.L told me that the perfect gift would be for his woman to share him with another woman. R.C said that for him, “something either black, rusty metal, bloody, creepy, or any combination of the 4” would be great. G.H thinks that a new outfit would be cool. J.L does not want any special gifts but a greeting card for valentine’s day would be nice. S.B wants to hear a joke that would make him laugh for hours. S.R did not have any ideal gift.
When I asked each guy if Red was a must for Valentine’s day, most of them said no. R.C added that red is boring to him for Valentine’s day. S.R feels that it is a tradition to wear red but it’s not compulsory. However, G.H thinks it’s a must.
When I asked them about what they would wear for Valentine’s day, S.R told me that he would opt for a Tuxedo. G.H would also wear a Tuxedo specially for a ballroom date and opt for a red tie. S.B also mentioned a red tie before jokingly adding that he would dress like Tarzan. I suppose a Tarzan outfit and a red tie would be an interesting combination. R.C stated that a black dress shirt or a black tuxedo would be his choice of outfit. As for A.L he says his birthday suit is perfect… J.L does not have any special outfit preference for Valentine’s day. He would just be himself.
Finally I asked them if they had anything to add. J.L says that “one should take time to acknowledge the day and show some kind of gesture.” S.R thinks that “its a special day just to show someone you care.” G.H mentioned that he loved someone a lot. R.C humorously stated that “Hmmm. That we also need an M Day, that is just about giving muffins.” And I definitely agree with him! As for S.B, he simply said, “Make love not war ...” And, A.L had a lot to say, “really though, surveys consistently show that Valentine's day is more stressful to men, more dreaded than a dentist visit because there's a lot of pressure. what do I get her? where do I take her? what do I say? we just want it to be over.”
So, I believe we learned a few interesting things from these guys. See you next time to find out how girls think Valentine’s day.