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vSide

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Sleek but shallow virtual world; could be safer.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's a lot of focus on "partying" and buying clothes. Most of the content is based around shopping, clubbing, and looking cool. Users in the virtual world are suspended or banned for bad behavior, but the forums and profiles don't have the same standards.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Many female avatars wear very skimpy clothes.

Language

The virtual world has a chat filter, and users can be booted for excessive profanity. However, many users curse in their profiles and on forums.

Consumerism

Product ads appear throughout the virtual world, mostly for clothes. Users can buy virtual things by purchasing "vbucks" with a credit card. There's advertising integrated into content -- you can visit Tyra Banks' studio or the Pussycat Dolls' apartment, among others.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are clubs with bars.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site requires users to download software to participate in its virtual world. The chat has a profanity filter, and users who curse excessively, bother other users, or violate other terms of service can be suspended or banned; this is enforced. However, the site also has a browser-based social networking feature that has fewer restrictions -- there's cursing and rude behavior in profiles and forums, and forums encourage users to upload real photos of themselves. Users can by virtual things with virtual points or by purchasing "vbucks" with a credit card. The virtual world has a ton of embedded advertising, as well as several clubs with bars. (The terms note that users should be 13 or older.)

What's it about?

From the developers of VLES comes VSIDE.COM, a virtual world that teens access through downloadable software. Users can explore three virtual cities that feature clubs and stores, special event spaces (like the Tyra Banks Studio or the Pussycat Dolls' loft), and apartments, which vSide residents can "pimp" -- as the site puts it -- to their liking, using either vpoints (earned through interactivity) or vbucks (purchased with real money). There's also a browser-based component of user profiles and forums.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Like VLES, vSide suffers from a bit of an attitude problem. Even the bots (planted characters) can get mouthy -- one of them tells you right off the bat that your look is a little "tired" and you should buy some new clothes. Accordingly, most of the content is based around shopping, clubbing, and looking cool. Teens who are looking for "a place to party online" may enjoy hanging out with their friends in this sleekly designed environment, but others may prefer a virtual world with a bit more substance.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about safety with social networking sites. How do you know if you can trust someone online? What are the potential pitfalls of sharing personal information online? What kind of information and images are off limits? Families can also talk about virtual communities and identity. What appeals to teens about using an avatar rather than a true identity? What does an avatar tell you about the real person behind it? What kind of identity does this site seem to think is cool?

Website details

Genre:Virtual Worlds
Pricing structure:Free

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Adult Written bymaisye February 18, 2009

You didn't give vSide enough time to give an accurate rating...

I understand parts of your rating... yes vSiders can be mouthy and have huge attitudes... They don't see it because they're not in vSide as noobs anymore... I have made noob accounts and went into vSide and I get treated totally different than if people knew who I really was... I have played vSide since March 2008... I love the game and I have made some great friends on this game.. friendships I wouldn't ever trade for anything. But vSiders do have attitudes that they don't realize they have... and they are mouthy.. they say in their reviews that they aren't mouthy and what not, but just look at the reviews they left, they are mouthy themselves in the reviews they leave.. but they are also right in saying that you can't get away from those attitudes.. every game will have them.. its a part of life.. You run into attitudes like these in high school too, so I don't think that should be a part of the rating in all honesty.. vSide is pretty easy to play compared to when i first joined when their wasn't a tutorial... and compared to other games.But what vSide has that other games probably don't have.. I havent ran across any anyway, but vSide has guides that are real people running them, not bots, and they are their to help you out. Most games don't have a feature like this, and often times you're getting help from a bot that doesn't help you, and other users don't want to help you out or their isnt another user that is close by... When a guide helps you out, not only do you get help, but you also have an opportunity to build a relationship with that person, and possibly become friends with them at some point. The staff of vSide are also great. They are involved in the community, and they really listen to us. They do their best in making vSide about us, and putting things in vSide that we as the community want most. They hold radio shows on vSide too that are fun to attend... I really don't think you gave vSide enough time before you reviewed it... You can't find all the great stuff about vSide in one day.. you need to discover it for a lil longer, b/c their are so many more things about vSide that you must not have experienced and I know you didn't experience b/c you didn't mention them in your review.
Parent of a 17 year old Written bymamba August 14, 2009

Better be over 21...and read between the lines

I have had many accounts on vside. Some of the "commenters" here are some of the biggest troublemakers I have ever seen. I abandoned the vside site with over 2,ooo,ooo points because of the constant harrassment from some of it's users, and the knowledge that it was a promotional site for porn sites. When the news came out about transferrence of Vbux and points, it was obvious that vside was on its way out. Some friends and I saw what was happening and took some steps to help that along...in the newspaper and national law enforcement areas. Anyone with a webcam and an outgoing personality....as well as a nice bod and some friends with nice bods...could make a fortune. Sad state of existence...it was a shame to have to avoid everyone because nobody could be trusted, or was just of a foul attitude, in such a cool place. If you are a vsider...watch your kids. This is an adult site, no matter what the ratings are.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 17 years old Written byxBeauty July 5, 2010

I Totally Disagree....

apparently all u did was look at the places why dnt u ask the users what they thought vSide is the best virtual world that i have ever came across its easy to use and i have found some great friends on vSide you can make ur own apartment into anything that you want (hospital,dentist,modeling agency,etc...) just because someone HEARS something bad about a website doesnt mean its bad u hve to try it for yourself.i think these rates on vSide are totally wrong and yes i agree tht ppl have attitudes and yes they use profanity and yes there are some sluty clothes but blame it on the creaters think b4 you rate

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