Description and Comments
Second Life is a
huge virtual world that has gained mainstream
recognition and success. Calling Second Life just
a game is not very accurate because it serves not
only as a place for people to meet but also a
place for individuals and companies to conduct
business. There is no story line or plot to follow
and there is no level grinding like most MMORPGs.
Instead, Second Life is open-ended.
"Players" can make and sell their own
creations, buy and sell real estate, hang out with
friends, and numerous other activities. The only
real exceptions are real world vices like
pornography and gambling. Although Second Life
offers many possibilities, this virtual world will
probably not appeal to everybody because it caters
more to businesses and people who can program
their own creations than to average gamers or
Internet users. However, it should be noted that
SL can still be enjoyed by people who can not
program or want to conduct business deals. Just
experiencing what other people have created can
also be fun.
- Free to start
- Avatars can be
in various forms.
- Nice graphics.
- Can be used
for business and social reasons.
- Huge economy
with its own currency, Linden $.
- Real Estate
owners tax residents on their property.
- Real world
money can be made from the game.
- Allows users
to create their own games.
- Perfect for
people who like to customize everything.
- Has a teen
gambling has been banned.
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Comment: Having used Second Life for over a year
now I feel I am in a position to comment.
1: You can register for free and do not need to
spend any money if you don't want to. Avatars
can be fully customized. Spend some time with the
controls and you can make an excellent-looking
2: There are literally tens of thousands of
quality items available for free all over SL.
3: You can build and script anything you like if
you have the patience for it. This could be hair,
shoes, clothes, combat
systems, games, furniture, houses, and on and on.
people think your creations are good enough, they
will pay you for them. There are people that earn
their first income (anything up to $30,000 per
year) in this way.
4: It isn't a game, it is better than a game.
If you know of any other environment in which you
can do all the things mentioned above then take
part in a full-scale war, ride on the back of a
dragon, teach or learn pretty much anything you
can think of, go to a club and request your
favorite tracks or even stream your own music to
anywhere on the grid, then let me know.
5: Your own RPG can be created and you have the
most massive online environment in which to play
it out. In other words. you make your own rules and
follow them. This is an idea some people find incredible.
Yes, you read right, some people like the rules
made for them. Personally, I like the freedom SL
provides so that people can do anything from
program a card game to playing Quidditch 200 feet
in the air!
6: The community is generally very friendly and
mature and is comprised of the most massive cross
section of people I have ever connected with
1: Some things do cost money and it can take a
very long time to create marketable products in
order to earn money. I now make a modest $10 to $20
per day selling my products via a store which I
rent. This is more than enough to buy anything I want,
but you will probably
want things you cannot get for free when you first
start. In this case there is only one option: plastic. Begging for
money is simply not done in SL. Although you
cannot be banned from the game for it, you can be
banned from the virtual land or "sim"
you' are in at the time. I personally have
never had to ask for money, but people do ask
2: Obviously, it is not a game and as such has no plot or
gameplay. Most MMORPG players will
consider this a negative point. However, as
mentioned above, some extremely fun and
sophisticated RPGs can be created with a group
effort. Rules can be written up and distributed,
combat meters and weapons can be created and
measures can be implemented to prevent cheating.
All this effort and care only makes the final game
that much better.
3: The stability of the client is not consistent and frequently crashes.
4: The lag is sometimes so extreme you literally
cannot move your avatar.
5: The price of owning your own land on which to
build, hold events, set up shop, etc. can be
6: The graphics are not brilliant, but with the
introduction of Windlight technology and faster
servers this is due to change.
In conclusion: I think I have been very fair by
way of pointing out what is good and bad about the
game, but of course everyone's opinion is as valid
if they actually play the game. SL
has no equal in its arena, but it is not an RPG
per se and is not competition whatsoever in that
area. In order to get the most out of SL you have to have patience and a
Author: TA REXX
"game" as some may call it is more about
programming your own stuff instead of killing monsters
and leveling. Thus, this
"game" is more for people who plan to
become or already are programmers or graphic
designers. Its not for the 10 yr old 5 minute
attention spanned people. It is for those who actually
have the patience to sit down and cope with
Comment: I must admit, the adult grid does not
seem like it is a real "game". It
seems more business oriented. I know because I have
tried it out. However, this game is not for a
thirteen year old kid
like myself. However, I have found a new passion
in playing this game with the teen grid. I have the chance to do
whatever I want in a fun way. I own an army and I go around and hunt people. I get to hang out with
my school pals online in virtual form. It is
great. I just cant imagine RuneScape being
anywhere close to as cool as Second Life. I mean
what other game can you jump out of helicopters,
float around in space, or even just build things with your
friends? Not any game that I have ever played!
Second Life is
free to start playing, but real money can still be
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