Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The Fish Market : Gatcha Madness

Alice in Gatcha Land...
"Alice In Gatcha Land"
" I say Alice, fancy a spot of tea luv?"
"I say Alice, fancy a spot of tea luv?"
These images are part of a series I created from things I got in the DEC round of The Arcade
The Arcade in second life is a seasonal event themed around those salty old seaside games machine halls. In this virtual one, the hall is filled with gatcha machines dispensing all sorts of goodies that seem to get better with each round.

D spent a ridiculous amount feeding these machines for the goodies they cough up in the hopes to stumble upon the one payout of a rare or a model type you'd like. There's a whole trade around Gatcha goodies with yard sales full of other people's Gatcha collection addiction.
D managed to swap out other gatcha things in order to make the above photos. Although D secretly still hopes to chance upon a sleepy eddy UK gatcha bag, her Brit haul this round wasn't too bad too as in the following captures for LOTD London :
London LOTD
Photos taken in Mayfair : SLURL : Mayfair
Dita wears : Classic Blow-up mini skirt ' Zipped Blue Denim',  Anymore - Sex Pistols Top (White)
*GF* Short Lace Boots [V2], EC Katia Black Nylon, Peppermint Blue Casual Lingerie, MI  Mesh Socks

London LOTD
Dita wears : Standby retro headphones 'London', Teefy cassette radio 'British'
LouLou&Co Bracelet - French Kiss KOSH infinity bracelet
 Page 3 - Heart belly piercing, GB two strand necklace, B&B spirit simple hoop earrings
Sissy Crown (platinum), Pekka crystal lipstick 4, cheLLe (eyeshadow) Sparkle Capt America.
There's an ugly side to this Gatcha madness and that is the increasing number of Gatcha scams going around. What happens is people pretend they have a rare Gatcha by naming an empty box with the rare object title so that it appears to be the article in your inventory. Only when you rez it , it neither contains the rare nor is the object you desire. In exchange you might have already paid the person for it or swapped out a rare of your own.

This business is quite miserable and unfortunately there is not much that can be done about such fraud. So best practice is to trade on rezzable land so you can see what the product is. Get the other person to set it to "buy original"and swap that way. If you think you might give The Arcade a go, here's every wish of good luck to you!

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