The Irish Times has an article by Marie Boran, Virtual reality is giving Second Life a second lease of life. (4/13) Marie was a participant in Second Life™ in 2010. In the first few words she reports the Trump-Swastikas at a Bernie Sanders meetup. That mention should clue people to the possibility of the reporting being shallow. I’ll try to push the Sansar news deeper and provide some perspective on Second Life..
Marie moves on to point out that while there is an ‘underbelly’ to SL, that is often reported on, there is also a surprising number of ‘ordinary’ folks in SL. The real world is pretty much that way… so…
Next Marie says her 2010 outfit and skin had expired… I went back and tried some of my 2008 outfits, well, we didn’t have “Outfits” in 2008. So, I had to find some stuff from then and make an outfit to see if things still worked. They did. I looked horrible. We can’t be sure what happened to Marie. I’ll take this as being another nail in ‘shallow’. But…
She went to ‘Japan’ and found no one understood her and there was only an empty bowling alley. I’ll point out that Ireland is 9 hours ahead of SLT and Japan is 4 hours behind SLT, making Japan and Ireland out of sync by 13 hours. Depending on when in her day Marie made her visit, most Japanese players would have been asleep.
The minimum use of SL is about 3AM SLT. As the majority of SL users are in the Americas, we can assume that in general people are logged off at 3AM local time… think about it.
Since people apparently weren’t speaking English… and Marie only could find an empty bowling alley…. I went to look for what she may have found and couldn’t find a ‘Japan’ location with a bowling alley. So, did Marie use and old LM? Possibly. But, not being able to find things is a newbie thing. However, it was 1 AM local time when I visited Japan so, the places were empty, as I would expect.
Marie made a comment we often hear, SL is not easy terrain for the new. True enough. Marie dismisses SL as apparently too complex for her and moves on to Sansar.
She quotes Ebbe Altberg, “We would be as happy as clams if we have two successful products. We believe Sansar will attract a new and different audience that may not get what they want from Second Life.” (we eat clams… why do we think they are happy?)
Marie explains the draw to Sansar will be VR immersiveness, exploring, creating 3D objects, and building. Gosh, Marie thinks it will be like Minecraft, but more realistic… (I need to find a good SL animation that rolls my eyes.)
Beyond VR Marie points out Ebbe is trying to eliminate those things that kept Second Life growing past a couple of million users. She quotes Ebbe as saying several of the things that held SL back have been eliminated or otherwise been remedied in Sansar. No itemized mention of what those things might be.
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