After listening to last week’s Metareality podcast and this week’s announcement of CreatorVerse™ and Patterns™ it occurs to me there may be a plan at work here. This is speculation on my part so it may just be my hallucination.
First, one of things I mention in MetaReality Podcast Week 37 at time mark 32:45 is the number of beginning Internet and computer users. A major number of people using computers now have never used Internet or for only a very short time. The number of Internet users has increased 500% over the last 10 years. The number of first time computer users is going up too.
Last week the Metareality panel was discussing the 3D Internet and how people were not even prepared for simple 2D web pages and how far beyond them 3D anything was. That is a serious consideration.
That worldwide demographic of new users may well be something the Lab has realized. We know new SL users have a large learning curve and that it is an obstacle to retention in Second Life. These new games may Rod building a fun learning path to lead users into Second Life.
Consider. Hamlet Au at New World Notes has often pointed out that perhaps Second Life has all the users that exist for Second Life. If that is the case, how does one create more users? If learning SL is difficult then the answer is probably education. No one is going to sign up for that school/class. But, they might sign up for Patterns. As they learn it, they may well be learning the basics of Second Life building.
I think the idea of a pre-SL school could work. We see complexity being added to Minecraft as users want more and more creative tools and freedom as they learn the in’s and out’s and limits of Minecraft. Providing Patterns to the world and building an educational pathway into SL may be the solution to SL’s learning curve problem and a key to retaining more users. As they outgrow Patterns they may move into SL and not run into an overwhelming learning curve.
If that idea is correct and the Lab is pursuing it, we may also be able to better anticipate what the Lab is going to do next and what may be added to Second Life next… or at least some direction they are likely to take.
Time will if this is just a hangover dream on my part or has some actual merit.