Second Life? I still haven’t got the first one sorted out yet!

Posted 2006.12.07 1.00 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

So I’ve just been introduced to this thing called Second Life.

It’s basicaly everything we thought the internet should look like when we saw movies like Johnny Mnemonic, TV shows like Tek Wars, or read books like Neuromancer. Except you don’t have to plug anything into your head.

It’s like a whole 3d world that exists online, where you design and customize your own 3d avatar, then you walk (or fly! Flying’s cool!) through this world, where you can see and interact with other folks’ avatars, buy virtual stuff, own virtual land, spend real money, and generally socialize and do stuff that you can’t do in real life.

There is a very distinct appeal. You can have the body and face you always wanted, without going to the gym, the plastic surgeon, or the salon. You can have a big beautiful fancy home without having to worry about dusting, vacuuming, or doing dishes. You can meet strangers, go to strange foreign places, take chances, all without putting yourself in any real danger or having to face real people.

In some ways, it’s a lot like the Matrix, but a lot more colourful. Oh, and you still don’t have to plug anything into your head.

It’s free to get started, and my first reaction was, it’s interesting, it’s different, it’s a bit wierd, it’s kind of addictive.

And I suspect, if you could plug it directly into your head, a lot of people wouldn’t show up for school or work the next day.

Second Life

Relaxing in Second Life
Sorry bout the darkness in the shot, it was taken at night.