Second Life Brief June 16, 2008Posted by champion in : SL Introduction , trackback
So far the membership of Second Life is over fourteen million and it’s increasing fast.
January 2007, began from England and USA, eBay had announced that they would crack down on all virtual goods sales such as currency, clothes and weapons except Second Life.. “Second Life”, a 3D interactive platform published in July, 2003, was developed by Linden Lab. The reason we call it 3D interactive platform is we really can not simply consider Second Life as a game. To the people who get used to playing online games, I think they would be at a loss as to what to do when they first face Second Life. In Second Life you don’t have to waste time on upgrading, and there is no target and mission inworld ,either. It’s great for you to “game” your second life, but more and more people nourish a dream with entrepreneurial attitude to do efforts to Second Life. Some people even expand their Second Life’s fruition to their career in real life.
A resident named Kermitt Quirk earned a great deal of money by creating a simple game called “Tringo” in Second Life, even Tringo was moved to real world to keep on making money. A Chinese descent person named Anshe Chung is the most famous estate developer in this virtual world. Anshe is not her real name, she teaches in Germany in real world. Because of fast expanding of business, Anshe also grouped a team for estate design of Second Life in China in real world. She made 250 thousand dollars in one year and that also made her become the magazine cover of “Fortune” and “business”.
Besides, many well-known enterprises including Reuters and IBM, they all station in Second Life 3D interactive platform. On one side they provided employees for cross-area interaction and video environment, on the other side they expanded their virtual route. Even Dior, before their new-season products being published, the products were displayed in Second Life first, and Dior followed up by a “real-life” show at the Orangerie Museum. The group “Starwood”, who owned well-known hotels like Sheraton and so on, also moved a hotel from real world to Secomd Life. In fact this Aloft hotel willl be completed in 2008, Starwood wished to make use of this virtual hotel in advance to observe avatars how to use the facilities, at the same time collect the appreciation about Aloft.
“Second Life” is just like real life, there is no any scenery and story known and planed in advance, Linden Lab just provide a 3D platform for residents. All people, matters, places and stuff were created, built, developed by residents themselves. If you definitely wanna ask me what’s the limits in Second Life? I think that might be your imagination.
If you still hope that Second Life were a kind of online game you can play for fun, in that case what Second Life can provide for you is the same as real world can. The recreation services and products created and developed by players themselves are various. You could accouter yourself and go to battle-area for a fight. If you tire of those fighting games, besides recreation ground, you can go dancing, encountering, parachuting, surfing,
skiing, boating, vehicle-speeding or just drive a helicopter and fighter into the sky. As long as you have money, even Transformers could be your own. There are also people buying lands, building airports, gardens, villas in Second Life in order to atone the unsatisfied creature comforts in real world. It is also rife with many adult places here just like our real world, um.. that might make you lose your mind so let’s not pay too much attention to this part.
As a matter of fact, so far some area’s people who concentrates on Second Life is as little as you see. I think the most important reason might be its English environment. Although Linden Lab has provided language-selection, but some are still used in English(like the names of object and item), however it’s easier. Communication in mother tongue is common between friends and relatives(actually every language is ok as long as you both understand). Besides as a result of not knowing the opposite too much, so general conversation is mainly English. It’s great that conversation by “chat” needs no listening and speaking ability and you can make use of your electronic dictionary spontaneously. Sometimes you don’t focus to each other but never mind, that’s what always happened on me..
Whether English operation or conversation with foreigners might not cause any problem. But in the beginning, I think you may confuse with how to get clear of Second Life from those different words on secondlife.com. To know what’s this? How to start? What’s the fun? Otherwise who would be so silly to crazy about it(in face I’ m one of them..)? That’s the most important reason why I seted up villamood.com(for Taiwanese..). Alone in Second Life, I barely chated with people and made some friends, but still something lack when I get along with these foreigners. If you need Chinese explanation about Second Life, you can go around my blog. I will continue increasing the contents, if you have any question you can use the discussion area or reply the post, I will answer you as soon as possible.