February 12, 2014 by EmilyCRios
In order to fully understand a virtual world, you have to become a part of it thus begins my journey into Second Life.
It took me a awhile to actually get Second Life downloaded and once I did it seemed to operate slowly and then freeze up at times, but I’m assuming that has something to do with the computer I was using.
With all of the options I can see that why people take creating their avatar very seriously, but much like how I am in real life I kept my avatar simple as a jeans and a t-shirt kind of girl. Once I saw another avatar I approached them and said hello and the person immediately responded with a series of acronyms that I had never heard about and before I could type my response they walked away. I then turned to the next closest avatar that was a fox and they asked me if I was new here. I told them yes and then they told me what to click to fly and that I should look for a portal to go to a different destination.
Following their advice I searched for a portal and was taken to Social Island 1 where music was playing and people were dancing. People were chatting in several languages so it was hard to figure out what was going on. I tend to be a socially awkward person in real life when it comes to large crowds and I felt the same way in Second Life. I wasn’t sure who I should approach or what I should say so I just stood off to the side and observed everyone else. There were a few other people off to the side so I approached them to say hello and one said that he was new to second life as well and wanted to see if it was something he could get into. After chatting with him for a few minutes a scree popped up in my window saying that someone was offering to teleport me to London City and I accepted the offer.
I liked the vibe of London City with modern music playing, but realized that I am just as clumsy in Second Life as I am in really life and was constantly walking into things and people. I love people watching and Second Life is the perfect place to do that and even overheard people appearing to argue with a female avatar accusing a male of spending too much time with someone else.
While I don’t see how I could devote hours of my life to participating in Second Life I can definitely see how people can once they begin to socialize and develop bods with people with the virtual world.