Since I first heard about Second Life, I have always wanted to go and find out what all the buzz was about. Unfortunately, my old desktop computer was just too old to run the program, it didn’t meet the minimum requirements, let alone the recommended one. Since I now have a brand new laptop, I decided to jump on and see what it was all about.
My first impressions was that it was easy to use, but I have lots of experience playing virtual world games like The Sims. I imagine it would a very different experience to someone who didn’t play computer games. There was lots of people in the newbie area, so there was always someone around to ask questions of or to answer questions for. Once I completed all the tutorials, it was time to be unleashed on Second Life itself. This is where I became totally lost as I had no idea what I wanted to do and I didn’t know a single person on there. I blundered around about a bit and moved from place to place, but really couldn’t get into the vibe of it. I did find a virtual version of Greece complete with the Parthenon and museums that was very cool. I also stumbled onto ABC Island, that had the potential to be really cool, but lacked people. I think I was the only one there. However, I just had the overwhelming feeling of being extremely lost. I imagine it would be fantastic if you knew where you were going or was on there to attend a particular event. I can see the vast educational and community benefits of the place, but as a total newbie with no knowledge of what was going on, it was very overwhelming.
Still, I am not going to give up on it. Instead I am going to do some research of what is on offer and find the things that interest me. Next time I enter Second Life, I hope to have more of an idea of where I want to go.
My Second Life name is Riayn Lin. So, if you see me on there, please say hi. I have included a screenshot of my little avatar. I had great difficulties creating one that looks halfway decent. The clothes and hairstyle I like, but the face, well, it is not unkind to say that I look a little slow. Then again, I guess that it a good representation of me on Second Life at the moment. The idiot who is wandering around with no idea what she is doing.