The first thing you need to know is that although it’s populated by over 50,000 from all around the globe, my world isn’t a real world. Second Life is a virtual world; that is, “A virtual world or massively multiplayer online world (MMOW) is a computer-based simulated environment populated by many users who can create a personal avatar, and simultaneously and independently explore the virtual world, participate in its activities and communicate with others. These avatars can be textual, two or three-dimensional graphical representations, or live video avatars with auditory and touch sensations. In general, virtual worlds allow for multiple users.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_world)
Clear as mud, right? For a better idea (and to clear things up a bit, click on the link above to read the entire article. It’s okay—it will open in a new window, so you can come right back here. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Oh, good! You came back! If you’ve decided that virtual worlds aren’t your thing, then you might just as well stop reading and find something else to do, because virtual worlds in general and Second Life in particular are the theme of this blog. But thanks for stopping by, and thank you for your time.
Still with me?Well, that’s a tribute to your wisdom, beauty, and sense of adventure. (You’ll notice as we go on that I am a fan of the Oxford comma.)
Let’s Get Started, Shall We?
My name is Aisling O’Conner. It’s pronounced ASH-ling, and yes, it’s Irish, as am I. Well, at least I’m Irish in Second Life (or as we affectionately refer to it, SL.)
Since you’ve decided to give Second Life a try, click on this link to get started. Check out the avatars and pick one. It doesn’t really matter which one, because you can always change it. Once you’ve completed the sign-up process and downloaded and installed the Viewer (the software you use to “play” Second Life), you’re set to go.
When you launch the Viewer, you’ll be taken directly to an excellent interactive tutorial that will teach you the basics, such as how to walk, run, jump, fly (yes, Virginia, there is flying in SL), and other basic essentials.
Once you’ve completed the tutorial, come back here, where in my next post, I’ll share with you some great places to find excellent “freebies,” such as clothes, animation over-riders (more on that later), complete avatars, and other great tutorials.
Well, it’s 4:15 a.m., and I’m exhausted. See you next time!