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Inane Wanderings
A blog about....well about....something. Really.
No Costume Is No Costume
In order to boost sales, a lot of new items have an "undergarments" pose. With shading that creates cleavage, and itsy bitsy little coverings that keep things legal.

Yawn.

Seriously, nude avatars are boring. Because under all this pixellated decoration, they're all the same. They don't even have the marvelous infinite variations that actual living, breathing humans have under their clothing, which makes living, breathing human nudity somewhat more interesting.

But this? Cookie cutter. It's not sensual, it's lazy. Half a dozen colored pixels arranged in a diamond? Call it a "lace cover", call it a merkin, call it a panty shield - it's still lazy and uncreative. It's one more example of Gaia charging far more than the effort that went into the "art", as it were, is worth.

Look, if you want avatars to have a shaded cleavage option, just leave it in the stores and charge something reasonable (preferably in gold) for it. Stop pretending it's a costume, or a garment, or something wearable or creative. It's just another building block.

On The "New" TOS
Apparently Gaia has changed the TOS sometime in the past 6 months and neglected to tell anyone. This shouldn't surprise anyone, since Announcements are now apparently only for important stuff like GIV US UR MONEEZ, and not for penny ante little concerns like "our rules have changed".

There are a couple of sections that seem to be causing the latest uproar. So let's look at them:




Quote:
Modification of these Terms. Gaia reserves the right to modify or discontinue the Site with or without notice to you. Gaia will not be liable to you or any third party if we elect to exercise our right to discontinue the Site. Gaia reserves the right, at our discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of these Terms at any time by posting an updated version on the Website. Please check these Terms and any Guidelines periodically for changes. Your continued use of Gaia Online after the posting of changes constitutes your binding acceptance of such changes.If the modified Terms are not acceptable to you, then your only recourse is to discontinue using the Site.



So let's look at what this really says.

They have the right to shut down at any time. Even if they haven't said it, this is nothing new. They always have. You can't MAKE a site stay up. Especially if you're not the one funding it.

The other section is:




Quote:
d.ALL SUBSCRIPTION FEES AND PURCHASES ASSOCIATED WITH VIRTUAL CURRENCY OR ITEMS, IF ANY, ARE PAYABLE IN ADVANCE AND ARE NOT REFUNDABLE. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT GAIA IS NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A REFUND AND THAT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE MONEY BACK OR OTHER COMPENSATION FOR YOUR INVENTORY OF VIRTUAL GOLD, CASH OR ITEMS WHEN AN ACCOUNT IS CLOSED, WHETHER VOLUNTARILY OR INVOLUNTARILYOR IN THE EVENT THAT GAIA DISCONTINUES THE SITE.



What this says is: if you've given Gaia any kind of real world money, if the site goes away, you're still out the money. You are not owed a refund and they're not going to give you one.

Which is what I said way back here in this journal entry which I wrote five years ago. When you give Gaia money and they increase your little counter up there more or less in the upper right hand corner of your window, you got what you paid for.

So they don't have to refund you anything because they have fulfilled their part of the transaction.

And your pixels and gold? Worthless in the real world. As I've been writing about on and off since I started here. You're not getting anything back for them, either.

The worrisome thing isn't that this is the way things are - this is the way things have always been here.

The worrisome thing is that Gaia is stating it about as blankly and up-frontedly as they ever state anything these days. And that they didn't bother to publicize it.

I've long been working under the assumption that the massive inflation/bargain basement sale on gold (125 BILLION? Really? And the Daily Crap is still giving out 250 gold? Oh, lucky us!) was milking the cash cow for all they can get before taking the money and running. This current economic model is not sustainable, nor have I ever thought it was meant to be.

It's becoming more apparent that Gaia doesn't think it is, either.

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