This past Saturday, bunnies went extinct. Not in real life, but in the massive multiplayer online role-playing game "Second Life", where players create a world within their own world and do whatever the heck they want, really. Except keep the bunnies alive, apparently.
Numerous subcompanies exist within the game, selling a variety of products, and one named Ozimals specifically dealt in bunnies and birds. In order to keep the breedable bunnies profitable for themselves, the company created a food that only they can sell, protected against tampering by outside forces.
Then, tragedy struck. The company went under, and it became the role of one man to become owner and take on the task of maintaining the server. However, legal threats that he did not legally own the assets ensued, and he had to withdraw. No more bunny food.
The way the bunnies worked was that if they weren't fed for a few days, they entered hibernation until they were fed unless charmed with a special item to make them Everlasting and not require food. Without any more food, the bunnies will sleep forever, little sleeping bunnies awaiting true love's food. Sleeping Bunny: the musical.
The owner made a statement about the fate of the rabbits, saying that "Any bunny who is Everlasting will continue to function, as he or she does now: without cost. Any bunny who is not Everlasting will be unable to eat and will hibernate within 72 hours."
Why am I upset over nonexistent rabbits? If the game is a second life, do the bunnies exist? Are they actually hungry? How real is virtual reality? I'm getting "Matrix" vibes. My head hurts.
I don't know about you, but I didn't even know the game was still around. My knowledge is limited to that episode of The Office when Dwight is playing, and his second life is just him being able to fly.
Maybe that's just me, though. Dwight must have stopped playing, because he'd never let this happen. Regardless, RIP little guys. We hardly knew ya. Hopefully somebody makes the push for the return of the server, and the bunnies can wake up one day.