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Back in the ’90s, I used to be on IRC. Then came along “The Palace” which took text-based chatting to another level by adding graphical and physical dimensions to chatting. There were rooms we could move around in and avatars which could perform limited actions.
Today, I finally tried Second Life and it was much better than I initially thought. It was pretty surreal in that my imagination of a virtual world was played out pretty well. What got me in? I was first captivated by what some netizens were able to build, such as this Taylor guitar for Suzanne Vega’s live performance in Second Life. There’s always something going on on Second Life, and you can find out the latest through the newsletters as seen here.
Most of my friends who’ve tried Second Life were initially daunted by the complexity of the “game”. Almost as variable as our real world, there are tons of controls you have, which involves lots of clicking around until you learn the keyboard shortcuts. Because I hope to eventually customize my appearance (I still look generic), as well as own my own land to build stuff, I think I’ll buy “SecondLife: The Official Guide” when it comes out in December. In the mean time, you can get the gist of Second Life via Wikipedia and via this Google video. Popular Science just did a great feature on SL entitled “Your Second Life is Ready“.
Just as blogs are platforms for open-access communication with the masses, I think Second Life can serve as a platform for more creativity and interactivity with netizens at large.
BTW: If you’re interested in trying SecondLife, sign up through my referral link so we’ll be connected. If you’re already in Second Life, look me up as “Kevin Suisei” and add me as a friend. Maybe you can show me interesting things you’ve created or found. See you there!
Update: RamblingLibrarian adds some of the things he’s learnt about SecondLife.