I am often given the usual peculiar glare when I tell my family I am in the middle of a very important meeting. To anyone this sounds like the norm, except to those who look at my screen to see a virtual game filled with three avatars in a room that resembles a modern contemporary office and a green signal that fluctuates above our heads as we talk. “So which one are you then?” my younger brother grunts as he squints his eyes and points to the screen. I chuckle as I select the mute button, “Im the one with the blonde hair and cute butt”. It usually ends with him rolling his eyes, a huge sigh and a sluggish shuffle away. Leaving me with a sense of irritation at the fact that he just will never understand Secondlife.
I understand that many who don’t know what Secondlife is, tend to think that those who do play are in fact “weirdos”. Very rude, I agree. How can someone judge you on something they know nothing about?
Would you still class us as weirdo’s if I told you that you could earn real money here? Anse Chung was the first virtual millionaire on Secondlife who began selling and creating customised animations and then used her profits to buy and sell land. There are so many others too! I came across this interesting blog Entrepreneurs Find Markets with Second Life by Jeremiah Leif Johnson, Feb 2008 where Jeremiah talks about his research on other successful entrepreneurs in SL and those of upcoming Real Life businesses that use SL as a form of marketing tool.
Aside from the business element, there is a social aspect to SL that keeps users returning. Speaking with my SL friends, majority found that the bonds that are formed here motivates users to keep logging on. Faith Ajon, friend and owner of VirtualVillage says, “I LOVE anything creative and technology. I love how in second life the most beautiful things and people are crafted by visual artist. I love the community. Personally and professionally Ive met and connected with some of the most beautiful people around the world.” I completely agree with this, recently I have been making more of an effort in making conversations with people when I visit different sims and majority of the time I am amazed to hear their stories of why they have joined SL and the fantastic achievements they have accomplished whilst being here. Each friend on my contacts list is inspirational in their own way.
On the other hand, Similar to RL, you have to be careful who you befriend. Vichonette Constantine, friend and Co-CEO for Catwalk Agency and Academy expresses her opinions on the lows of SL “I’d have to say my least favorite thing is drama. I mean those people who have nothing better to do with their time than to trash talk others – most of whom they don’t even know. I have zero patience for gossipmongers.” This is also very accurate. The best way to enjoy your experience, is to keep away from drama.
Regardless of the highs and lows from the social scene. There are amazing sims to discover. Nearly every day I come across something new. From desolate beaches, wild rainforests, lost worlds with living dinosaurs, to fantasy islands. The creators here are amazing and really target your virtual experience. Be sure to check out the “Destination Guide” on web search to check out some cool places!
Lastly, fashion designers in SL are dangerous. They create amazing products that will drain your pockets. I am addicted to shopping and this is where most of my money goes. It is my guilty pleasure that I can’t seem to resist. All the latest trends at your fingertips.
I have not covered all of the wonders of Secondlife, you will have to see it for yourself. I do strongly believe this will be the new way of living in years to come. Businesses and universities are already using SL as a method of teaching and interacting with people all over the world, University of Edinburgh promotes this. Virtual reality is evolving.
So as you can see there is so much that SL can offer, your opportunities are endless. So why not see what the hype is about and give it ago? Whats the worst that could happen?
Aurora Night x