I’ve received several show invites/announcements over the last couple of months that are charging admission and/or requiring reservations.
Is this a growing trend in SL?
Paying to view dance shows?
I’m wondering what other trends are here or on the way.
Reserved seating for VIP’s?
Audience numbers limited to combat lag?
Script limits enforced?
I’m not necessarily against any of these practices, just curious that they seem to be cropping up.
I can certainly see limiting scripts and/or limiting the number of audience members in order to combat lag.
There are some shows that are very resource-heavy, and limiting some factors would help ensure audience members get the best performance possible.
As for paying admission, I’m curious how many venues are actually charging admission.
For large-scale, one-off performances, I can see how admission might be necessary.
But for other shows?
Along with paying admission, several venues have reserved seating.
I’ve even seen reserved seating at some venues for sponsors.
In SL, reserved seating seems like an easy perk to offer, since generally seating doesn’t affect your view of a performance.
In RL, you can get stuck behind a pole and have your view of the stage ruined.
In SL, you can simply move your camera around to get the perfect viewing angle.
I still maintain, however, the biggest thing you can do to ensure good viewing of a performance is to arrive early.
Yes, it might be a pain, since you can tp in at the last second.
However, your computer still needs time to rezz and cache everything, and venues are doing that pre-show priming BEFORE the show starts. 😀
So if you arrive early (15-30 minutes), you can find a seat, park your avi, go take care of RL business (drinks, bathroom, whatever) for that time, and when the show starts, you will (hopefully) see everything as the performers intended.
As we all know, however, nothing in SL is guaranteed. 😛
Are you willing to pay admission for a performance?
Would you pay for reserved seating?
Would it make a difference if you got to choose your reserved seat?