Second Life is a huge place with tons of things to explore and discover.
One of the areas I’ve never really explored is breedables.
Most of what I remember from breedables is old – back when they were script-laden, lag-inducing nightmares.
I must confess, breedables leave me scratching my head.
I’ve seen them, I’ve heard people talk of them, but I’ve never really owned one.
Well, I own a cat – but it does not have the ability to breed, so technically I’ve never owned one. 😛
I actually own three cats, but after a recent move, I don’t see them coming out of my inventory often (if at all).
One of my neighbors (*waves at Winnie*) has breedable horses, so I asked her some questions about them.
I understand breeding for desirable traits and then selling them for profit.
I’ve seen horses, I’ve seen cats, I’ve seen dogs, I’ve seen rabbits – I started wondering what else is out there.
So I did a quick search on Marketplace to see what came up.
Breedables is its own category – something I had never noticed before.
Over 16K items, so clearly it’s a popular market.
I saw Meeroos, Snuffles, Zooby’s, KittyCats, FennuX, and on and on.
There was even a ‘Beginner’s Guide’ for Meeroos.
Someone please explain the appeal of breeding to me.
Is it strictly a for-profit business for most?
Why would someone want to own a breedable?
I get the appeal of having a pet or a companion, but most breedables have to be fed, yes?
So there’s an on-going maintenance cost – what are the benefits?
Why have a breedable rather than just a ‘wearable’ or scripted pet?
Is it the fun/challenge of breeding new or desirable traits?
Do they require a lot of prims?
Can you trade them?
Soooo many questions!
There is also apparently on-going litigation between Amaretto Ranch Breedable Horses and Ozimals regarding DMCA.
I have enough lawyers in my RL, I don’t need to add them into my SL!