Things can get very real very quickly." Separating Virtual Reality From Reality-Reality According to Mosel, what would happen over the course of weeks in real life occurs in days, if not hours, online.
But the Riselings and many other couples have found that their avatar attraction extended far beyond the computer screen.
"We turned on our cameras on Skype because our daughters wanted to meet each other," Meta told The Huffington Post.
Avatars can attend and participate in educational classes, political town halls, live comedy shows, DJ performances and entrepreneurial endeavors. A study released this month by the Visa-owned research group Play Span found that almost one third of the general gaming population uses real money in virtual games as game dollars can be bought with real dollars (230 Lindens in Second Life translates to 1 USD plus a 30 cent fee; one Ray in Utherverse roughty translates to 7 cents, although the actual cost shifts based on the world's market prices).
Other gamers make a living in businesses created on MMORPGs. The French watchdog organization Familles de France filed an unsuccessful lawsuit against Linden Lab, the creator of the MMOPPG Second Life, opposing the adult content of the site.
The twice-divorced single father proposed on Christmas Eve, and the couple married after Meta, who now works at a local junior high school's lunchroom and coaches the cheer squad while maintaining her job as a wedding planner in Utherverse, had finalized her own divorce.
Sean and Meta now celebrate two wedding anniversaries.
According to a 2007 study, one in three MMORPG players have found themselves attracted to another player.
Of the 912 MMORPG players from 45 different countries who were polled, 42 percent of female and 26 percent of male players admitted that they were attracted to other players they met as avatars.
One post on a Second Life forum complained: "My SL husband is cheating on me with a Bisexual Skunk Furry and is asking for a divorce. " While weddings on MMORPGs can be expensive, depending on their extravagance, it should be noted that divorces come cheap.