Second Life, Ofcorce nothings new about it, millions are already exploring it. Wait a minute, hey that guy seems to scratch his head wondering,
“Second Life??, Ia this about the life after death thing??”
“Don’t worry friend, Let me enlighten you…”
To all my head scratching tech explorers. lets share some knowledge about the already known Second Life…
What it is??
It is an online virtual world developed by the Linden Research, Inc and launched on June 23, 2003. The users(or client programs) called Residents interact each other through their avatars. It is like a social get together. Each resident can meet other residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade virtual property(however payment doesn’t seem virtual) and services with one another. Implementing the 3D modeling techniques residents can build virtual objects. The virtual world lets you visit people from around your world and provides you a choice of destinations where you can goto socialize and have fun. You can chat with the currently logged in users and who are within your same destinations. You can travel from one destination to other via teleporting. Each avatar has got a a set of functions to chose from (i.e. walk, run, fly, sit etc), and also a wide range of avatar customization is also available, you can even put up your own face into your avatar. However, this magic world is only allowed to users above 16 years of age. Reports are that many people have even ended up in relationships via this virtual meeting. This online wonder has received many achievements including the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards.
It has both a free as well as premium membership, the latter will be getting access to an increased level of technical support, and also pays an automatic stipend of L$300/week into the member’s avatar account.
Avatars may take any form users choose (human, animal, vegetable, mineral, or a combination thereof) or residents may choose to resemble themselves as they are in real life or they may choose even more abstract forms, given that almost every aspect of an avatar is fully customizable. A single resident account may have only one avatar at a time, a single person may also have multiple accounts, and thus appear to be multiple Residents (a person’s multiple accounts are referred to as alts).
Chatting can be local, group or global instant messaging(IM)
Second Life has an internal economy and internal currency, the Linden dollar (L$). L$ can be used to buy, sell, rent or trade land or goods and services with other users. Virtual goods include buildings, vehicles, devices of all kinds, animations, clothing, skin, hair, jewelry, plants, and works of art. Services include camping, wage labor, business management, entertainment and custom content creation (which can be broken up into the following 6 categories: building, texturing, scripting, animating, art direction, and the position of producer/project funder). L$ can be purchased using US Dollars and other currencies on the LindeX exchange provided by Linden Lab, independent brokers or other resident users. The Linden can be exchanged for US dollars or other currencies on market-based currency exchanges.
The graphics, the Linden Scripting Language, and the Havok physics engine enable the simulation of various real or imagined machines and devices. Vehicles, cellphones, weapons and many other devices can be used which has the same features as that available in the real world.
Education, arts, science, work, religion, embassies have all extended their paths in the second life. People might soon be sitting at home and getting lectures of famous professors from great colleges. People can now listen to music, dance together etc. The Maldives was the first country to open an embassy in Second Life. The Maldives’ embassy is located on Second Life’s “Diplomacy Island”, where visitors will be able to talk face-to-face with a computer-generated ambassador about visas, trade and other issues. “Diplomacy Island” also hosts Diplomatic Museum and Diplomatic Academy. The Island is established by DiploFoundation as part of the Virtual Diplomacy Project. Religious places are also being set up.
Soon the world can find anything and everything in this online world…
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