VR Pet Challenge

ScreenShot from World of Warcraft, Avatar Viya, lies unconscious next to a giant, angry Naga.

Eva / Viya’s “pet” Naga

IREZ VIRTUAL SALON, 7 August — Today the dam burst! Eva, Ravanel, and Trilby have all posted pet photos, of course some “normal” people even make pages, or accounts, for their pets on Facebook, so clearly it’s time for the iRez’ VR Pet Challenge!

ScreenShot from Star Wars: The Old Republic of a large, pink, scaly critter approaching Ravanel's avatar, who is sitting on the floor of some Star Wars interior

Ravanel’s “pet” Gannifari

What is a VR Pet? How the hell should I know!? Back in the easy times of the quaint old 20th century, your cat and your boyfriend were more-or-less different things. But in the 21st Virtual Century, where the same “rigged mesh” could be your “pet” or your avatar itself, haha, who knows! To quote Khan from Star Trek II:

These are pets, of course, not quite domesticated.

So I guess for our VR Pet Challenge we won’t worry about “domesticated” or not… whether it follows at your heels, sits on your shoulder, or whether you try to keep a “safe distance,” we’ll call them all “Pets” for our purposes. I guess we’ll include anything that is not:

1. Humanoid
2. A Player Avatar

To add your pets to the challenge, just post a lovely photo and:
• Select the Category: VR Pets
• Add the Tag: Pet Challenge
and you can also add any other relevant tags. Remember we try to keep categories to 1 or 2, and tags to 5 or 10 for the best SEO results.

ScreenCap from Star Wars: The Old Republic, in front of the old Jedi Temple on Coruscant, a large tile floor with Ravanel's avatar sitting on the floor and her pet Orokeet facing her

Ravanel’s pet Orokeet

Is that good? LMK if it should be different or if anyone can think of other stuff to specify.

And if you have a cool avatar that you’re dying to show off, no worries, iRez has you covered too… just wait till tomorrow when we announce the Extreme Makeover: Virtual Edition challenge! 😛

Trilby Minotaur in Second Life with her pet "Meeroo"

Trilby’s pet Meeroo

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Categories: VR Pets

Author:Vanessa Anne Blaylock

As a Virtual Public Artist my work invites virtual communities to express their identity, explore their culture, and demand their civil rights.

9 Comments on “VR Pet Challenge”

  1. Wednesday, 08 August 2012 at 03:36 UTC #

    Hehe, I think it’s Viya who’s the pet of that naga.
    I think in MMO’s, it’ll be hard to call anything not technically a pet, a pet. The whole world would otherwise be populated with lethal pets ready to rip you apart, but no worries, there’s a lot of safe pets to choose from as well, so many that you can get achievements from it!

    • Eva Marie
      Monday, 13 August 2012 at 03:13 UTC #

      HA. Yes, I was totally the pet of that Naga.

  2. Wednesday, 08 August 2012 at 03:37 UTC #

    PS. My budgie, Chobo Featherfingers, has his own Facebook profile 😛

  3. Wednesday, 08 August 2012 at 20:13 UTC #

    oh oh… love it. My pets can’t compete with those so far, but heck, they are cute.

    • Wednesday, 08 August 2012 at 20:34 UTC #

      aww, all pets are great… post one! 🙂

      • Wednesday, 08 August 2012 at 20:40 UTC #

        Instead of my kitty, I went for an ikrani. heh

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