Limited Views of Second Life

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A couple of months ago, I came across an article on Business Insider about Second Life.  The author seemed to surprised to find Second Life was still around, and spent some time exploring.  She had a ‘guide’ – a resident who took her around and showed her some of the things she does in SL.  You can read the original article here.

The reaction to the article from SL residents was mostly negative.  It was argued that her experience with SL was limited, and that she missed out on much of what makes SL ‘great.’  I, too, would argue that the author’s experience was not ‘typical.’  It’s certainly not how I spend my time in SL.  However, I haven’t been a ‘new user’ in quite some time, so perhaps it is my view that needs expanding.

I began to wonder – how do others spend their time in SL?  If you’re a dancer, you spent a lot of your time choreographing, building, and performing.  But what about the rest of the time?  Where do you go?  What do you do?  If you log into SL for an evening of ‘fun,’ what does that look like for you?

Do you wander around beautiful sims taking photographs?  Do you go sailing?  Flying?  Scuba diving?  Do you roleplay?  Do you have a regular group of friends you spend time with or do you spend most of your time in-world alone?

As I was writing this, I came across another article discussing how ‘Adult’ sims have proliferated in SL and questioning how (or if) LL plans to address this issue in their ‘next gen’ platform (or SL2.0, as many refer to it).  Read the original article here.  Be sure to read the comments – they are interesting as well.

It’s worth noting that not all ‘adult’ rated sims exist solely for the purpose of porn/sex.  I’ve been to several dance shows which were located on adult sims (because there was nudity in the show).  However, I wasn’t tripping over people obliviously humping one another in the streets. To those of us who spend our time in SL doing many other things besides cybersex, this assumption seems strange indeed.  It is yet another limited view of SL.

SL has a lot of different communities doing a lot of different things.  I asked in a previous post what the dance community could do to encourage new people to visit and stay.  What do other communities (like RP, tiny, etc.) do to attract new people?

Chime in and let me know what else there is to do in SL.  I’m constantly on the lookout for new experiences.  I’ve never been scuba-diving or sailing or . . .  Show (and/or tell) me what I’m missing!



3 thoughts on “Limited Views of Second Life

  1. I insult newcomers. In the Moons way 🙂 I set Carmella, Gaby, and Rayne onto them if they stray into Moons. If they survive and laugh with us I encourage them to visit the good blogs and shops with freebies (SFD and FabFree). I also ask them what they are interested in then send them I the right directions.

  2. I have SL family, we have a sim that is beautifully decorated… breedable horses/cats/wolves, Zooby babies, all sorts of stuff… mermaid lagoon, castle with a cavern maze. I roleplay in Gor and previously roleplayed vampires with Bloodlines, was a Queen of a clan, and all that fun stuff. I love to fight on the Gor Evolved sims (bows and arrows/sword fighting and such) but don’t have time to do that anymore. I played roller derby for a while, that was fun. I am interested in checking out the snail races. They sound like a blast. I like to be doing SOMEthing though, not just standing around gabbing and chit-chatting. I do not like hanging out at clubs or parties wasting my time, I like to either be working or involved in activities. I have done a lot of sim exploring in the past, done lots of things, I do like to see the imaginative things people have created in SL. I love comedy and like driving my shopping cart with a friend in it throwing loaves of bread at people as we pass by. I also love my plate thrower! I like playing with silly stuff.

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