Get a (Second) Life!

by Eric P. Metze

I recently got in a discussion about Second Life (a virtual world in which you can live, work, and play) because I just got into it a couple weeks ago. For the longest time I–a born and bred video game enthusiast–completely ignored it because the concept just didn’t seem that interesting to me.

Boy, was I wrong.

As far as gameplay is concerned, it’s very simple and straightforward, which makes it accessible to just about anyone. You don’t need to be a video game player to enjoy this because it’s NOT a video game. Sure, there are places you can go where people are shooting each other and playing all kinds of games, but those places are the exception, not the rule. It’s really more of a 3D chat room than a game. And it’s really more of a game than a 3D chat room. It’s almost undefinable because it’s such a new concept.

If you ever enjoyed playing the Sims, chatting in chat room, walking through an art gallery, building your own home, designing anything in 3D space, watched a live concert, or wished you could fly, you’re going to love Second Life.

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