The other day, I slagged Second Life for having been overrun by porn and gambling enthusiasts. After I posted the video last week, several of you out there who live in the Second Life community were none too pleased with my assessment, including Phaylen Fairchild. Many of you were quick to point out that while porn and gambling are still found in your online world, they are not what rule the roost anymore. Fair enough, I suppose. I figured the least I could do was to log in and give it another shot for myself, just to see if my opinion could be swayed.
Bottom line? I still don’t get it. Yes, it’s a virtual world / community where you can create your experience – but performance and usability is still ass-nasty (no way around it). It’s just as much of a kluge to use as it was back in the day. I am using a high-end Mac Pro to play around, and it’s still sluggish and slow.
Oliver is one of the people who reached out to me, offering to give me a tour of the newer version. My friend Beth Goza actually designed my avatar back when she worked for Linden Labs. Even with Oliver’s obvious enthusiasm for his world, I still just couldn’t get into it. The frame-rate was just – ick. The sound effects were something straight out of the 70s.
I do understand that the community offers disabled people opportunities they might not otherwise have. I get that many of you truly feel like you’re a part of a wonderful group of friends. However, that doesn’t excuse poor performance in my book, y’all. With all of the advancements in the gaming and online community world, why the hell does this one act as though we’re still stuck in 1995?
I applaud those of you who have stayed with Second Life for so many years. I am not in any way questioning you – nor your reasons for wanting to continue your traditions. My slams are against the platform and lack of performance, not the many dedicated users.
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