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Second Life?

hey,

what are peoples opinions about second life here? if you arent familiar, its kind-of like world of warcraft, only with a normal world.

http://www.secondlife.com/

some people are calling it the next big thing on the internet. i’ve personally never been into these types of online environments, but can sort-of understand people who would enjoy them.

for those bored at work, lets get a thread of people’s opinions going

[quote]dexslave wrote:
hey,

what are peoples opinions about second life here? if you arent familiar, its kind-of like world of warcraft, only with a normal world.

http://www.secondlife.com/

some people are calling it the next big thing on the internet. i’ve personally never been into these types of online environments, but can sort-of understand people who would enjoy them.

for those bored at work, lets get a thread of people’s opinions going[/quote]

Um, I don’t see the point. It’s only like World of Warcraft in that it is online with a lot of people. Otherwise, it’s pretty much nothing alike. They should call it, World of Furrycraft, or Secondpedophilia, given that a great deal of the content on it are those two types of porn. Being able to pay real money to see even 3D caricatures of kiddie porn is messed up to me.

Beyond all of that, it’s still dumb. Why would I want to watch realistic characters doing everyday things like buying houses?

It’s pretty stupid.

One time, I had nothing to do (seriously - nothing), so I played it…for about four hours. I logged off, decided I had just wasted four hours of my life that could have been better spent staring at a wall, and uninstalled the “game”.

The NBA has built a stadium there with games you can play. Many corporations have built sites where they can provide live support and demos. The opportunities for education–online museums, architecture replicas you can walk through, online collaboration–might be its biggest “useful” function.

I made an avatar in order to check it out for my school, and several faculty attended a “Second Life Best Practices” conference there last Friday, but without a specific reason to be there, there’s nothing there for me.

It’s still young, however. If I had lots of money and time, I’d make a gym where you could walk in and see lifts of all kinds being done correctly, access video of competitions, and scroll the library for info.

[quote]dexslave wrote:
hey,

what are peoples opinions about second life here? if you arent familiar, its kind-of like world of warcraft, only with a normal world.

http://www.secondlife.com/

some people are calling it the next big thing on the internet. i’ve personally never been into these types of online environments, but can sort-of understand people who would enjoy them.

for those bored at work, lets get a thread of people’s opinions going[/quote]

What sad times we live in.

It is a fantastic time-sink for those who are utter losers in First Life.

[quote]dexslave wrote:
http://www.secondlife.com/

lets get a thread of people’s opinions going[/quote]

Second Life:

Now you too can become whatever you wish! With a fully customizable house, car, body, and everything else you own.

Its like a real life for people who don’t have one!

Second Life: Because you need an escape from your reality.

Buy it today!

[quote]TShaw wrote:
online museums, architecture replicas you can walk through, online collaboration–might be its biggest “useful” function.[/quote]

Agreed. That would be nice. Have access to stuff you might otherwise not be able to since its scattered throughout the world.

Methinks this will never get developed fully. Why bother? Doesn’t rake in the cash.

[quote]
conference there last Friday[/quote]

What about a video conference? Or instant messaging? Or actually meeting?

[quote]
It’s still young, however. If I had lots of money and time, I’d make a gym where you could walk in and see lifts of all kinds being done correctly, access video of competitions, and scroll the library for info.[/quote]

That’s what the internet is for.

Why bother developing something that will just turn into a vehicle for advertising companies? That’s what I predict will happen.

My buddy was a stripper in the game. He had macros for pole dancing, lap dancing, and a lot of other things (use imagination). His female character was very popular and he made a few bucks a month at this place (real money, but like 5 dollars).

The game is weird as hell though. Instead of normal people coming in to the club, dogs and robots would come in and ask for sex. Creepy.

[quote]BackInAction wrote:

The game is weird as hell though. Instead of normal people coming in to the club, dogs and robots would come in and ask for sex. Creepy.[/quote]

Sign me up. Jesus, I thought Myspace was bad. Well, it is imo. Granted 5%(if that)use it for legitimate reasons, but the rest is high school drama. People need to get a fucking life.

I spend maybe a few hours a day(slow desk job) surfing T-Nation and a few other forums, and I think that is sad, but a lot of people spend like…all night on myspace or an im program of some kind. Get real friends, go outside, life you life for fuck’s sake.

[quote]Mister T. wrote:
It’s pretty stupid.

One time, I had nothing to do (seriously - nothing), so I played it…for about four hours. I logged off, decided I had just wasted four hours of my life that could have been better spent staring at a wall, and uninstalled the “game”.[/quote]

I could have written this exact critique. I did enjoy dressing and designing my ‘persona’, but after that, it went downhill. I also un-installed it after realizing how pointless it was. (IMO)

Micki

Ive played SL recently, you wander around aimlessly trying to figure out the point… just like real life ahem. I spent loads of time trying to alter my avatar… next I know somebody gave me money for skin and a body, to shop for some clothes…little did I know he was priming me to become an SL stripper lol…Nothings for free in this life or in any other.

I tried for honest work, applied at Phat Cats Jazz lounge, haven’t heard back. In fact now for some reason I can’t even teleport there. Damn, my application couldnt have been that bad surely? I only mentioned cat killing twice.

I find what Something Awful has to say about it particularly lovely.

http://www.somethingawful.com/d/second-life-safari/index.php

Well, here’s where it gets trippy. I un-installed Second Life ages ago, and have never had any e-mails from it. So I post this reply, and the very next day someone invited me to join.

Backdoor Beaumont has invited you to join a group in Second Life. Log in to accept or decline this invitation. It was addressed to my Second Life screen name.

I guess un-installing the software doesn’t erase you from the game. Nice to know someone wanted me… probably to trick me into virtual slavery or something… haha I opted to unsubscribe.

Micki

[quote]silkspike wrote:
Well, here’s where it gets trippy. I un-installed Second Life ages ago, and have never had any e-mails from it. So I post this reply, and the very next day someone invited me to join.

Backdoor Beaumont has invited you to join a group in Second Life. Log in to accept or decline this invitation. It was addressed to my Second Life screen name.

I guess un-installing the software doesn’t erase you from the game. Nice to know someone wanted me… probably to trick me into virtual slavery or something… haha I opted to unsubscribe.

Micki[/quote]

They’re obviously keeping tabs on you. Second Life is everywhere.

that looks stupid as fuck. there is bound to be a real life basketball court, a real museum, real live music, real bars/clubs and real people to communicate with where anybody lives or within close proximity.

maybe if you are bored at work it could be useful, but what company would let you down load that software to their computers?

now this link is the first time i’ve ever seen it, but from reading the intro page, it just looks stupid.