Someone asked me if I could answer the 20 for myself instead of posting that Inara had great answers!
Meme instructions: Answer the following 20 personal questions about your Second Life. Don’t forget to share a link to your post in the comments!
- When and how did you discover Second Life? A friend was doing journalism from SL in 2007 but I didn’t try it until Jan 08 when talk of a RPG group was forming.
- Did you know about virtual worlds before or was this your first experience with them? No, this was all new to me.
- Has Second Life met your expectations? Not my RPG expectations. But then I have a high bar for my personal RPG play. Otherwise I had no expectations, and at various times SL impresses me all to hell and disappoints me in what the Linden Labs actually put into practice.
- If you could teleport back to the first ten minutes of your avatar’s slife, what would you tell yourself? Hmmmm, time travel. It’s just a step to the left. I would tell myself not to be so frightened of griefers! Pixels are pretty resilient.
- How long did it take you to master avatar flying and driving vehicles inworld? Avatar flight was easy. I was PeterPanning around in no time. Vehicles were much harder, until I found vehicles that were more beginner savvy builds. I love vehicles for the scripty craft and attention to detail.
- Do you have a mystery alt? I have helped many friends and family try SL by walking them through building an avatar. Most of those ‘noobs’ did not stay in SL past the one day I was showing them around. So if I knew the passwords still for those ‘test flights’ I’d have 12 alts. But I don’t.
- Is your SL avatar a reflection of you, or someone you wished you could be? I emigrated to SL to be a protagonist in adventures within the virtual world. So I’m a complete fictional character with background story and limitless future paths. I wish to be me, but I’m sure that I am a reflection of my Typist’s imagination.
- Is there an individual you met in SL that inspired you in your RL? How? I meet people in SL all the time that inspire me. I find my own sense of empathy can flourish with no barriers within SL.
- Do you feel it is easier to create stronger bonds/relationships with people you meet inworld as opposed to the real world? Yes and no. Yes, because I am less vulnerable to the slings and arrows of outrageous reality. I can drop my fears as much as I can gather my focus to be something better. So I can reach out to others without losing my balance. Gravity only affects me when I want it to. If I am snubbed or treated badly in SL, it hurts, but tomorrow my pixels are created anew. Therefore I am generous with my time and love.
- Did you ever imagine or believe people could fall in love with someone they never met before Second Life? Yes. History is full of this aspect of long distance affections.
- How has your perspective of dating changed (or not) since you started playing second life? I have realized that SL allows me to love multiple special people at the same time. Barriers are only what my mind creates. I can even love people who frustrate me, like my family. (grins)
- How has your perspective of employment changed (or not) since you started playing second life? It has not changed much at all. Virtual employment is potentially much more exploitative to the capitalist agenda. And credit and/or pay for ideas is much more vulnerable as executed in SL.
- Name three things in both your lives that overlap each other significantly. Umm. Wow…. art, passion, and kindness.
- If you could live your life more immersively in a virtual world, would you? (Kind of like the Matrix) Yes, of course. To live immortal with no barriers to imagination? Certainly.
- How do you think behavior changes for people if they’re in-world vs in real world? Why do you think that is? I do think folks change for good or ill. People can be more of what they are at their core in-world. Griefers want power with no accountability. Lovers want affection without physical limits. Builders want craft without stifling manufactury. Socialites want parties without morning afters. Role players want immersive genre without crazy cease-and-desist orders….oh wait, that one doesn’t really work. Why do we change? Well, not everyone does. Many bring the real limits with them into SL. Some few people find out things about themselves that are better than they ever knew.
- How has second life consumerism changed your perception of spending habits, the value of money, the need to be “bleeding edge” with fashion? Ha! There is no ‘bleeding edge’ in SL and there is no fashion trend in SL. There is a niche everywhere you turn. For every Gor lady of leisure, there is a leather slut; for every kawaii princess, there is an emo vampire; for every dainty steampunk librarian, there is a grungy shop grunt banging on greasy pipes. Just look at the outcry and shock over mesh body parts!!! Some folks would rather be dead than stand next to a gal with mesh boobs, while the next body fashionista wants hands, legs, boobs, ears, and eyes in the latest scripty meshy goodness. Fashion economy in RL functions on passion versus scarcity versus body types. Thank the Lady that in SL, you can damn well make of yourself whatever you wish. Just be ready for the folks who say your taste is all in your mouth.
- Do you think virtual worlds like SL drive and redefine human interaction or do they narrow and limit it? I think it could drive it, however, it shall always be a tiny niche until the access to virtual is a much smaller threshold. Ask again in thirty years at the rate we are going now.
- If technology progressed tomorrow to allow you to send emotions to people the way you’d send text or voice messages, would it enrich your SL experience or infringe on it? See the last question. Before we get to emoti-send, we ought to solve enriching sound quality, touch feedback, smell feedback, and the rest. Enrich the human baseline experience before we dream of tele-empathic exchanges.
- Name three skills you attribute to having learned or honed in second life alone. Social. Friendships. Relaxation.
- If your grand kids googled your Second Life Avatar’s name, would they be intrigued, disgusted, proud or something else? They would be shocked to discover too much fun going on behind their backs.
See ya next time.