my first second life
After many people mentioned Second Life to me at BBQ’s and Christmas parties this festive season I decided to download the software [30MB] and give it a whirl. It takes some learning but then I guess that is to be expected for an application that offers so many possibilities. Second Life’s environment, its objects and entertainment are created predominantly by users rather than the creators of the software itself, Linden Lab. Developers, or simply those wishing to create their own virtual environment, can introduce externally created 3D objects or use Linden Scripting Language to animate existing objects.
I was soon changing my avatars appearance, flying, chatting to fellow second life users and dancing in nightclubs. Although possible to adopt SL as indeed ‘your second life’ I found it important to treat others as you would in real life. You need friends in SL, otherwise one might start to get a bit lonely, and bored! Look for free things that might attract others to you. See if you can grab yourself a few $Linden and take it from there – you may end up being a land owner!
There are estimated to be around 200,000 active users of Second Life.
Recommendation: a good graphics card and a speedy broadband connection. Your SL cache will soon get quite large also so some disk space will be required.
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