I’ve only been a resident of Second Life a total of 6 years. I have had the ability to script, build, host, DJ and help manage several venues. I have ran in-world stores as well as a Market Place store. To me, Second Life allows you to bring the talents of your Real Life into a virtual world were you can share with others. You can see the creations of others and purchase for your own use. You will meet talented people ranging from scripters, builders, venue owners, singers, hosts, DJ’s, store owners and more.
The possibilities in Second Life is your imagination. If you can think it, you can create it either through Art, Music, Mesh, Prims, Scripts. Second Life is a world that is fundamentally similar to Real Life. Similar rules apply in the virtual world as the Real World. Venues are designated a General, Moderate, Adult. Based on the venue level determines what is allowed. Some may allow mature talk, while General does not. Some may allow a dress code requirement, while some does not.
Like Real Life, you will interact with people from all cultures and backgrounds. You will meet people in the USA, UK, Germany, Russia….chances are, you’ve come into contact with someone from all reaches of the world. Relationships evolve in Second Life, and partnering someone is similar to being married in Real Life. Weddings are a part of sharing that special moment with your friends and in-world family. And like Real Life, sometimes relationships go sour and you have the ability to de-partner.
Second Life offers a virtual currency called Lindens. These are similar to what you would earn in Real Life doing a task, a tip or given from a friend. Lindens have monitory value and based on how many Lindens you have accumulated determines how much you will earn when cashing out through Paypal. Right now, 5600 Lindens is equivalent go $20.00 USD. Hundreds of in-world residents earn lindens as a means to earn extra money, supplement their Real Life income, or a sole income.
Sadly, like Real Life, opening a new business, club, venue in Second Life can be a very daunting task when it comes to breaking even for over all cost of the land, staff and other needed functions to keep the place running. Many venues have come and gone, and those who are still here have over come the hurdles to become a integral part of what makes Second life. Not every established venue is in it for the monetary gain, they are here for the love of what they do, the guests, their VIP’s. I believe all venues deserve a donation for their hard work..
According to the Wiki:
“Originally, during the Alpha period, the grid was known as Lindenworld. As we were getting ready to launch the Beta, we decided we needed a name that would convey the expansiveness, involvement and complexity we hoped would characterize this world as it grew. We started by debating the merits of a ‘place’ name versus a ‘descriptive’ name. We believed a place name would give people a sense of destination, and possibly some added layer of meaning. And we thought a descriptive name would help people understand this new concept of a shared, 3D collaborative space.
“We had a lot of ideas for place names — one of my favorites was Sansara, which was not only euphonic, but had an interesting meaning in the original Sanskrit, meaning roughly ‘ever changing world’. Ultimately, though, we chose to go with a descriptive name, and looked at many derivatives of Terra, Viva, and life. We kept coming back to Life2, and then landed on Second Life as more interesting, more evocative and more what we hoped the world could become as it evolved and grew to be as big as life.
“And that’s how it came about!”
– Robin Linden, former VP of Marketing and Community Development
With changes also comes excitement. Second Life is soon to release a whole new world that will offer abilities not possible in this world. The draw back, the ability to bring your inventory to the new world is not possible. There is the hard-core users who will choose to remain this world, and for good reasons. Myself I will remain a part of this world until either the world slowly fades or closes, but you will be pleased to know that is not even mentioned as happening any time soon, so do enjoy your Second Life
While venturing around, look around, explore…..so much to see and do! If you come across someone, they may be a builder, someone who scripts, designs clothing, a live singer, DJ, a host or hostess, a club owner, a manager and more. There is talents that are willing to teach you. If you have the patience, you can learn new skills you never thought possible. Second Life is your life. You decide your own path here just like Real Life. Daunting as it may seem first starting out, but don’t get discouraged……..the longer you are here, the more you will come to find, you are another part of what makes Second Life so great!
I’ve come to meet wonderful people from all walks of life, people whom I consider a part of my family. Friends who are a part of who I am as I am a part of them. A very special thank you goes out to Shy Chevalier, she was the person who helped keep me motivated in my scripting and gave me the chance to DJ, though my DJ days are over 🙂