Good question, and one I get asked all the time by new folks in SL. Here’s the answer:
THERE IS NO POINT.
What’s the point to life? SL has no goals, no aim, no purpose except the ones you set for your self. Why not ask what’s the purpose of Facebook? Of Twitter? Of any social media? It’s whatever you choose to make of it.
Like other social media, SL is a way to meet new people, to keep in touch with new friends from all over the world. But unlike other social media, SL allows you to actually do something with your life.
Let’s say you’d like a new sports car, something fast, sleek, and outrageously expensive. In your real life (what we call your first life), unless you’re fabulously wealthy, you’re just out of luck. But if you want one in SL, why not build your own?
Everything you see in SL was made by SL users. Even your avatar, the body you wear, was made by someone in SL. Your hair, shape, skin, eyes, clothes—you name it, and someone in SL made it. But here’s the important thing: you can learn to do it as well!
These are but three of the resources available for learning how to build. Now I’m going to teach you how to find more.
See the magnifying glass on the side of your Viewer screen? Click on it to open the search window. You can see I’ve already entered the word “tutorials” as my Search term. Click the Search button, and see the results.
As you can see, there are over 250 tutorials, but by changing the Search term to “building tutorials, I was able to reduce the results to 52 hits, a much more manageable size.
And that, by the way, was your lesson on Searching in SL. Pretty nifty, huh?
Primitives in Second Life
While it’s true that you can indeed find—and even join—primitive tribes in SL, what I’m talking about now are primitive shapes, or what we call prims. Prims are the basic building blocks of everything in SL. Which, incidentally, why there’s an earlier link to the Ivory Tower Library of Primitives. That’s where you can learn everything you need to know about prims, from the ones that are built in to your viewer, to how to modify, reshape, recolor, combine them. In other words, how to build anything you can imagine.
And that, my friends, is it for now. Coming next: beautiful places to explore in SL, and how to teleport to get to them.