A Child of the Gaming Age

As someone who’s grown up in an age where being on line, and presenting in an on line world is the norm, it’s interesting to discuss the phenomenon of the people in Second Life, those who retreat almost entirely into that world. As someone who’s not always had the easiest time making friends (along with numerous self-esteem problems) I can understand why it might be nice to slip into a world where you can reinvent yourself. It’s a way to be yourself without actually having to be yourself.
As far as living in Second Life, I don’t really think that’s a good thing. There are many good aspects of having that kind of outlet for people, such as Rodica’s work with those with Aspberger’s syndrome. It extends even further to people who just have a hard time making friends. Somehow it’s easier to interface with a computer than to talk to a human being. The things that you need to learn, the awkwardness that needs to be overcome; Second Life and other programs like that are what can help to teach you that. It’s what you do with it afterwards that its important. Second Life is a step, a way for people to bond. But after that comes moving into the real world. The virtual world may have its perks, but only in the real world can we live.
In further posts, I’ll talk more about how Second Life provides a unique and innovative way to teach classes. Please leave your comments, I’d love to know what you think, whether you’re in the course or not.

5 Comments

  1. John roberts

    February 26, 2008 @ 9:30 am

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    I have friends who have gotten so absorbed in second life that it’s caused marital break ups, family break downs, debts due to certain addictions, i dont think second life is healthy at all!

  2. Paul atkinson

    April 24, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

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    I disagree, i quite enjoy a good evening at home playing the part of someone completely not me..! A lot of my friends do it, i even know a few accountants in st albans who are well into it. We have a laugh about it, i dont think it’s evil at all.

  3. Peter lime

    August 17, 2008 @ 10:59 am

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    The first time i played second life was at my friends house. I remember distinctly being in his has a really big second life scene, i have since found out and I have been totally blown away by the experience, quite literally!! haha!!

  4. Peter lime

    August 17, 2008 @ 11:01 am

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    I remember the first time i played second life in a kitchen in st albans it was definitely an amazing experience and i can see why people get hooked on it

  5. kitchens st albans

    September 15, 2008 @ 4:51 am

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    I think second life is for losers who really need to go and get a life!! literally ha!!

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