What’s The Deal With Second Life?

I have been following the story of Second Lifea 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents – and am confused.

I do not understand why people would want to play around in a virtual world that mimics their own. Video games make sense to me: in “real life” one cannot fight aliens in space or demons and monsters in a dungeon. I’ve never been a fan of sports games – but I understand that not many people have the opportunity to play in a professional Basketball or Hockey game. Even the SIMS (which I love) is different. In Second Life, someone built an Apple Store. Why?

What is the purpose of this game? How do you win? When does it end? Why would people spend real money on a house and clothes in a virtual world when they can do the same in the real world? Wouldn’t it be more fun to make dinner and watch a movie with some friends? Obviously I am missing something: there are currently 3,804,013 players, err, inhabitans. I don’t get it.

Or is this the new web? The future of the Internet? A taste of things to come? Instead of just visiting websites, are we going to interact with them in an online role playing game? Sounds pretty Matrix-esque to me.

Does someone out there feel like enlightening me? I would be interested to hear what you have to say.

1 comment so far ↓

#1 weaverluke on 02.26.07 at 4:34 am

“I do not understand why people would want to play around in a virtual world that mimics their own.”: I couldn’t agree more!

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