And people who want to mess with your head. LOL….you need people like me who have actually lived on Second Life and know where to find the areas you’re comfortable in. PG, X-rated, neutral.
Trust me. Many of us do play PG for fun, but we’re probably not the ones you’ll first find when you log in for the first time.
I’ve seen reports of inept people guiding people from the welcome and turning them off of the game as deserted and boring. One person, in general, even guided an online reporter around as someone “who plays the game all the time.” Um…excuse me, but one or two hours a week game play is NOTHING and does not constitute you playing the game enough to guide someone.
Obviously, that reporter’s article about Second Life sucked.
And now I just watched a new video of someone’s first experience in Second Life. Won’t post it…trust me, it was not PG rated. LOL
OMG. Thank God I had a game family to come in to this virtual world with or I would have never stayed! I totally love my D’ni Refugees family.
This wasn’t a new roleplay person, but a person new to Second Life. He chose a fantasy character he roleplays often, thinking that’s what he’d find in SL when first coming in. Or, geesh! at least get directions on how to find the places to play.
(Or the whole thing was staged. Heck, how do I know? But what it illustrated is so true of SL so-called greeting to new players.)
New players so often get greeted with X-rated, really freaky sex avatars and people just acting really idiotic playing head games with one another in chat. And NO ONE being helpful at all.
Trust me, I don’t play on my original avi anymore. And I have alts for business purpose. But each time I made one I knew ahead of time where I wanted to go. I’d create-in, hit up the map, and tp out as soon as the lag would let me. (Lag is never fully fixed in SL – it works a lot like a young grid anymore, thanks to the mess of useless features they cram it with, and the wonky interfacing.)
I did my best to “close my eyes” during trying to tp my new avi out. Trust me, there’s some things you see that you wish you could unsee in these areas!
I’ll admit, I haven’t made an avi in a long time. But I’ve had reports from newbies on their experiences. Sounds like some individuals are trying to make it better, but they suck at guiding, for the most part.
This is my post topic today because I’m stuck with some hurt feelings from my SL play. I’ve tried to ignore a personal insult thrown my way and pretend I didn’t notice it. (a silent one, at that) But I’ve got to admit to myself that my feelings were actually hurt, and move on.
If you haven’t played in a virtual world, just remember that although you’re playing a game, the people behind the avis are real with real feelings.
For me, there’s some distance for awhile. Isolating myself to a degree and just enjoying the critters, and my D’ni explorer family when I’m able to. I now have both parents with cancer and a close friend whose cancer surgery went well, but a long road ahead and time will let us know for sure how successful it was. Plus my own crap.
Don’t have time for head games within a virtual game.
On a positive note, there are some really awesome Halloween places in Second Life right now. Check them out! Here’s some pics from the Fright Fest in Second Life.
Sorry for not having the picture for Biobreeds display at this time. When I was there, I had some difficulties and will have to grab that later. Today I get my corgis after posting this!!!