BEIJING / TOKYO, 26 May — Just when you thought you knew all the virtual worlds in the world, iRez sources revealed today that both China and Japan have their own, Sex and Gambling Free, Second Life-Like Virtual Worlds! While everyone at the iRez translation desk was apparently asleep today, it appears that both services may be in-country only and blocking foreign IP addresses. After all, you can’t really have a Joseph DeLappe avatar running around trying to free Tibet, now can you!?
The Meet-Me website is in Japanese and a little hard for this blogger to decipher. The HiPiHi website has an English version that makes signup and software downloading very easy. But when trying to login I get this alert screen, which our uncertain translator thinks might be an IP address block: