Venture Into VR

As the time passes more and more technological inventions are discovered, we now can even check our blood pressure on our phone! With the entire world going digitalised it’s time for me to venture into the virtual reality, do achieve this I have joined Second Life.

I have began my journey in second life with the dilemma of what I would like to look like in such place, the world is my oyster one would say but if only it was as easy as that. I believe that many of us are prisoners of the society that has been constructed years ago, society full of flaws but that particular society is buried so deep into our subconsciousness that even when I was choosing my character I instinctually chose the male persona. But why ? Isn’t gender a social construct after all ?
I was expecting the character customisation to be the very simple and straight forward like in Sims for example, but boy was I wrong. It took me several days of constant changes to finally stop and ask myself the question, “why do I care so much?” is this just another flaw of our society creeping in? This led me to the decision of leaving my avatar as it came to express that I’m the same as the person next to me, no better or worse.

First ‘Is One Life Enough’ class:

As part of my venture into the VR world I have chosen a module in college named ‘Virtual Environments: Is One Life Enough?’ This is a module which is entirely ran through Second Life, where we meet one a week and discuss different topics.

Last Wednesday, the 11th was our first class, it ran fairly smoothly and John introduced us to the basics of Second Life and the module itself too. During the class we had to choose a social media platform on which we’d share information about the class, Facebook was the winner and I volunteered as a tribute to create the group for the class.

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‘Second Life’ Facebook group I have created for this module.

During the class John mentioned that it’s a good thing to use a username that is not your real life name on Second Life to keep the sense of anonymity. That was on my mind for the days after the class and I tried to change my username but unfortunately I was unable to and the best I could do was to change my display name, but my real name is still below that name…

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Screenshot showing my avatar display name and username.

Time to explore what Second Life has to offer!

As I still am getting the hang of Second Life and how it operated I googled ‘great places to meet new people in Second Life’ in hope to give me some places that I could visit and interact with people on the same mission as me.

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Mission Impossible; easier said than done.

After googling places that I could visit was a bit of a fail I have went into the destination discovery bar and chose the Bay City as my first location to explore in Second Life. Straight away I noticed that Second Life is not what I thought it would be. I imagined it to be a place crowded with people but its quite opposite, at least at the time that I went on it. It’s a quite quiet place which a few locations where people gather to spend some time together, its the dystopian world that I imagined.
Also as you can see in the screenshot that I attached my avatar kept going invisible which I’m blaming my poor internet for and I also joined some random group to see what would happen.

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First location; Bay City

For my second location I chose a random one, Big Daddies 80’s Club… The name says it all. Big Daddys Club is a place that I wish not to visit again… I went in with the innocent idea that it’d be a club with 80’s music but no. It is exactly what the name says… One main thing that is clear from such location is that in Second Life everyone can find a place for themselves and don’t feel judged for. Maybe for some people Second Life is the only place where they can express who they really are, maybe Second Life is their first life, and their real life is their second life ?

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Big Daddys 80s Club

My third chosen location was Miami Beach, a place that I can definitely see myself go back to. Miami Beach reminds me a lot of the holidays I went on this summer to Tenerife. A nice quiet and chill place where one can relax and unwind. I am aware that such statement can be argued as it can be said that the reason why people go on Second Life is to relax and unwind but to do so there are all those locations where one feels at home and for now Miami Beach seems like that is the place where I feel at home.

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Miami Beach

Thanks a lot for taking your time to read my first ever blog! I’ll be back soon so stay tuned!



One thought on “Venture Into VR

  1. A very interesting account of your first encounter with Second Life. You reflect on some of this issues we will discuss during the semester – your online persona as expressed through your avatar, the wide variety of online interests and activities and the importance of online engagement for some individuals and communities. Well done! Just to tidy up the blog delete the ‘First blog post’ and the ‘text widget’ and add a bio under an ‘About me’ heading.


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