Friday, May 12, 2006

Its only a game....

I have decided that its time I started to write up my experiences in Second Life, if for no other reason than to keep a record of my journey and help keep things clear in my own mind. I have never kept a journal before, so I apologise now for all the rubbish parts.

So much has happened in the short time Second Life has been a part of my life, It's made me question some of the very foundations of my identity and exposed me to people and ideas that I simply couldn't have understood in another context. So lets just start at the beginning.

I never really understood Second Life before I tried it, it was just another 3D chat that somehow involved you spending real money on virtual goods. Jaded by the financial practices of (who charge you for everything, right down to the ammunition for the paint-ball gun) I had no real desire to try. In effect, I had written off all metaverse projects as little more than games designed to fleece teenagers.

The talk of a Second Life client for Linux on the other hand was very interesting, afterall, any game that gets ported to Linux has to be worth a look. So, when the beta was released in back in February, I dutifully handed over my credit card details, and signed up for a free account.

I don't think I have ever been more wrong about anything in my life.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something .... “I experienced an epiphany, a spiritual flash that would change the way I viewed myself” (Frank Maier). Quoted from Answers.Com

After some initial struggling with the application and a host of Linux specific bugs, the skeptical fog that I had built over a couple of years suddenly cleared and I understood. Second Life really was that, a chance to have a second life entirely of your choosing.

From buildings to objects to people to cultures within cultures to sex and beyond. The metaverse is so diverse that it really can offer something to almost everybody, all it takes is a little patience, a friend to help you into the world and a hug.

Its not a game.


At 2:06 pm, Anonymous Dana Strauss said...

I agree that Second Life is quite a different experience that previous projects. I think part of the attraction for me is the level of detail possible, both in my avatar and the world around me.

Unfortunately, as a Linux user, I seem to be at a bit of a disadvantage. I can't enjoy cooperative a/v events like "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "MST3K: the Home Game", which are the kind of things I really enjoy. Even clubs are a bit of a downer when everyone else is saying "I love this song" and I have no idea which one they're talking about.

I hope Linden Labs gets sound & video working with the Linux client soon.

At 3:49 pm, Anonymous Lost Rinkitink said...

Have to agree that the one thing that keeps sending me back to the Windows client is the lack of sound and video :-(

At 12:30 am, Anonymous dandellion Kimban said...

??? but sound sreams are working in linux client. Right?


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