Blog Entry 2
Upon entering I was presented with the welcome screen where I encountered two other avatars a female; Rouge Decycla, and a male; Craig Wonderheide. It was quite boring actually because when I tried to initiate conversation with the two avatars, neither of them responded. Enter Lita Moyet another female avatar. At least she responded when I said Hi. I informed her I was doing a small research on Second Life and asked how long she had been a member. She had not been a member for too long, and was quiet discrete in her answers, which is rather obvious, I was a stranger to her. I asked her why she had joined when she knows this vicinity is not real, her response to me was timid “because I wanted to”. After speaking to her I knew she was not going to be much help, so I walked around approaching other avatars. Before I knew it was I was concerned about my appearance. I changed my eyebrow shape to the color of my eyes. I started off being a mere depiction of myself, but now I was tan, with blue eyes. It was amusing to create a totally different being.
In any case I tried to make conversation with people, I guess they really didn’t want to speak with me. It was funny actually. The virtual world is thought to be such a nice place where people want to meet new people but I have yet to speak to someone who has been polite.
I decided to go somewhere else, I ended up in Dublin Island and after conducting a ‘find people near by’ search I came across Jun Jun Doche, who described she joined because she wanted a meaningful friendship that was not based on a physical component but an emotional one. I added her to my friend list and decided I would ask her in detail at a later time.
I teleported myself to a club, ironically at 1:00 Am the club was empty. That is how I know this was not even close to the real world. I admire the music and graphics, but there was no one to meet. The graphics make the believability level a lot higher. The player could choose the wrinkled look on a dress shirt or an unwrinkled look is absolutely phenomenal. I am having a lot of fun. But the mere fact that I cannot speak with anyone is annoying me.
Perhaps tomorrow I might conduct some more meaningful communication.