This is the question a lot of SL’ers have been asking themselves over the past week. I jumped into Sansar as soon as they announced it was open to the public, mostly because I’m nosey and wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
As a long time SL resident, I’ve grown used to certain things in my virtual world. I have many things I like to do in-world, including photography and dancing. I’ve invested quite a chunk of change over the years to update/maintain my avatar and have invested a large amount of time in photography as well.
There’s been quite a bit of negativity from some about Sansar – all of which I understand. However, if you enter Sansar with the expectation that it will be ‘like’ SL, you will of course be disappointed. SL has been around for 14 years and has seen many, many changes since its early years.
For me, Sansar is a pretty place to visit and take photos. I can’t manipulate the environment in Sansar as I can in SL, so what you see is what you get with Sansar photos.
That said, the environment in Sansar is gorgeous. The lighting and shadows are amazing and I’ve seen some truly fantastic builds from creators. After just a few visits, the camera controls are becoming more intuitive.
I don’t spend a huge amount of time each time I visit Sansar, because my graphics card is working a bit harder than I would like. Also, Sansar seems to use quite a bit more data than SL, something I unfortunately have to watch now that my lovely ISP has implemented a data cap.
The main issue with Sansar as it is now is that there isn’t much to do – there’s lots to see, but if you are visiting via PC, as I am, you can’t really interact with anything. Sansar also seems a bit empty (though that often applies to SL as well). Most experiences I visit, I’m the only person there.
For now, if you’re looking to do the same things in Sansar that you do in SL, I’d wait. If you are someone who likes trying new things and experimenting, then I’d encourage you to log in (assuming your computer system is up to Sansar snuff). 😀