Second Life
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  • For the great majority of visitors the free account is more than adequate, in my opinion
  • After you have become familiar with the features at your disposal (for example, you can fly instead of walk through the virtual world), the best thing to do would be to just explore it at length
  • If it's just something you'd like to see, explore, visually experience for yourself, out of sheer curiosity, then, by all means, give it a go
  • I don't think you'll regret the experience
  • However, it is also true that, once I decided to stay away from it, I forgot all about it very quickly

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      Second Life is a virtual world - a 3D simulation of life-like environments - developed and put online in June 2003, by Linden Lab, a company based in San Francisco, USA.

      At the time of this writing there were approximately 18 million users - so called “residents” - registered (but many of them are actually multiple avatars for a single individual, and most of them are not used consistently, if at all).

      The main SL simulation is intended for people over 18 year of age (there are special versions for underage users).

      To participate in it, you need a special “client” (an application that you have to download to your computer), available free of charge at the SL website.

      Registration is free of charge, unless you choose a “premium” account (which gives you access to certain “extras” and other “privileges”).

      Your free account suffices to have an avatar - an online persona (the gender is left to your choice) - and customize it to your taste (within certain limits). For the great majority of visitors the free account is more than adequate, in my opinion.

      What to do there?

      After you have


      become familiar with the features at your disposal (for example, you can “fly” instead of walk through the virtual world), the best thing to do would be to just explore it at length. While there is a local currency - the “linden” (which you buy for real money, with your credit card) - that you can use to buy “land”, “real estate” and all sorts of virtual commodities, you don’t really need it to explore SL and even have fun during your visit.

      How worthwhile it is?

      I depends on what you are seeking to get out of it.

      If it’s just something you’d like to see, explore, visually experience for yourself, out of sheer curiosity, then, by all means, give it a go. I don’t think you’ll regret the experience.

      Some of the visual elements are breathtakingly beautiful, even though they tend to be quite similar (that’s because people are using more or less the same “ready-made” elements to build the scenery). I certainly find the “parks” and other “natural” environments the main reason for my (rare) visits there. There is also an increasing number of virtual replicas of

      famous monuments (e.g. St Paul’s cathedral, in London) and other sights, so you can be a true virtual tourist. (You might want to have a look at this “guide” first: http://secondlife.com/whatis/destinationguide/.) Sometimes, especially in time of high stress, a visit to SL felt almost like a mini vacation.

      However, if you’re looking for friendship and/or romance, I would advise anyone to start looking elsewhere - like, in your FIRST life.

      Mind you, I have read about people who supposedly found true friendships - and even love - in SL. (There have been quite a few “weddings” in SL. How those “marriages” are doing, that’s another question, to which I have no answer.) On the other hand, I have also read about notorious cases of cyber-stalking, ludicrous charges of “sexual harrassment” - even “rape”! - within SL and other such idiocies, some of which ended up in court (a real-life court).

      So, there IS a danger of meeting psychologically imbalanced individuals out there, who take their cartoon personas - and cartoon “life” - way too seriously. (Just think about it: who on earth would buy - with real money, because your “lindens” are ...


      • Second Life
      fed via your real money accounts - a TOILET seat and/or a bathroom for a cartoon character?) People who don’t have a “real” life may be using this imitation to affirm themselves and act out some of their fantasies.

      However, if you’re reasonably stable yourself - and do not take the thing too seriously - it shouldn’t be a major concern. (Remember: you can always log off - and that’s it.)

      If it’s virtual sex (i.e. the voyeuristic pleasure of having your avatar engage in “sex” with other avatars - the individuals behind the great majority of whom you’ll never get to meet and you don’t know who they are, I might add), then you might be in luck. It seems that is the single most prosperous activity in SL. There are even bordellos and “escort services” in SL, but most of said activity still appears to be free of charge, mainly thanks to the numerous “pose balls” (orbs - blue for “men”, pink for “women - that animate the avatars according to the predefined position chosen), which are to be found in very many SL environments. Basically, it’s like porn cartoons,

      except you get to direct them and act in them.

      On the brighter side, the popularity of SL is such that very many high profile (real life) companies, institutions, universities, libraries, museums, broadcasting networks, etc. have opened their own “outlets” or information hubs in SL - there are even embassies of real life countries! - which has increased the educational potential of this virtual world.

      And in case you didn’t now, the “linden” can be (and has been) actually traded for real life money, such as the USA dollar.

      Whatever your reason for visiting SL, I should warn yout that it CAN be addictive, especially if you’re going through a rough patch and need an escape route - or just a break - from your real life.

      I know because I have experienced it myself.

      However, it is also true that, once I decided to stay away from it, I forgot all about it very quickly .

      All in all, as anyone who has ever visited Second Life knows, this virtual “world” can be a pretty desolate, lonely, even depressing place, regardless of the thousands of users who populate it day and night.

      Then again… that is also true of real life.




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