And both creators admit that once the community starts to form, it takes over the product.
"The first thing that brings people (to Sociolotron) is the sex," says Patric.
Because the chat room is audio as well as text – each person has a voice avatar – you can walk away from your computer and still participate."Once you get used to the voices, you can tell who's speaking.
And one big question has been: if they build it, will people come? People will come, if only to see how well the products live up to the hype."But a small group stays long enough to explore the real, deeper values of the game, and they really start to have fun."He doesn't mind that, and in fact has been known to suggest to some new players that Sociolotron isn't for them. Both Patric and Badgirl have spent their personal savings on development costs, and Patric is a one-man shop. "I take my cell phone so I can get messages from the server, just in case.")Badgirl's team is scattered across the globe; someone often has to get up at 3 a.m. Most of them, including Badgirl, have other jobs."But the developers are extremely dedicated," she says."We put our lives into this, so it's very important to us.A new mall that caters only to the Elite Perv Society – residents who earn a certain threshold of "experience points" by participating in chat – includes a wedding store for in-world unions."This is something that came directly out of the community, and they love it," she says. I've experienced first-hand the welcoming hugs and greetings for newbies, and residents go out of their way to show you around, help you set up a house and start earning your jewels.They encourage you to participate in the games and contests.