InWorldz/Second Life Connection Centers to stay open

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InWorldz/Second Life Connection Centers to stay open

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OpenSim Blogger Meme: How Often Do You Use Second Life? And Why?

K. If you’re just joining us…

Over at OpenSim City, I posted in the forums, a list of questions aimed at getting OpenSim fans’ thoughts about Second Life.

Then, over at my virtual issues blog, Journey To The Center Of The Metaverse, I posted an article about that list of questions and, a la Strawberry Singh, put it in the form of a meme, this one for OpenSim bloggers.

Now, I’ve come over here to my personal blog and central portal to answer the questionaire myself.

Are you still with me? No? OK, then you’d better go here to get completely filled in. The rest of you need no introduction to what’s coming…

Do you have a grid you consider as your virtual home? Please name it.

k…this is where it’s clear I don’t really qualify to answer these questions…(see previous link if you don’t get it)

My virtual home has always been in Second Life. Since March of 2010, my main home has been Winterfell. However, I now have my own standalone mini-grid in OpenSim, so I suppose that could change in time.

Do you have a home in SL?


Do you own land in SL or do you rent a spot?

I own four small parcels in Winterfell, a private estate. I let my premium account expire at the end of August so I no longer hold any Mainland.

How often do you visit SL?


What types of activities do you go into SL for?

Everything…hanging out, socializing, role play, group projects, personal projects, exploring, attending events, etc.

What is the best thing about Second Life?

I like a lot of things about SL so it’s hard to single one out. I guess the size of the population is the best…because it means there are usually activities going on and friends inworld to chat with.

What is the worst thing about Second Life?

Hard to single just one out here too. LOL. But I’m going with Lag

What is it about your home or favorite grid that makes it much better than Second Life.

Okay, well since Second Life is my home grid, I can’t answer this. But if my new 17-region standalone Dankoville were to become my virtual home, I suppose the lack of lag and the quiet of it all with only a couple HyperJumpers coming in once in awhile would be its main selling points over SL. Also, the cost. I’d have to hit the lottery to afford 17 regions in SL. On OpenSim, it’s FREE!!!!!!!!!!!! FREAKIN’ FREE!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, I just can’t get over that. Ahem… /me gathers himself

What is it about your home or favorite grid that you wish was as good as that same element in Second Life? (in other words, what’s the thing about SL that you wish you had on your grid?)

For Dankoville, I wish I had vehicles like in SL. Modern cars and trucks as well as some vintage ones, scripted or not. I have only started looking in OpenSim for such vehicles but I already know they are hard to find. I have a few but need a lot more.

Do you hope Second Life goes out of business?

Absolutely not. I want SL to continue to be there for me to play in because it is still great fun. I also think a healthy Second Life is good for OpenSim and virtual worlds in general and a failing SL would actually be bad for the other worlds. And, by the way, I think a healthy OpenSim and healthy rival commercial grids are good for Second Life too.

Any additional comment you would like to make about Second Life from your vantage point as an OpenSim fan?

Just to say that, as I have said before, I don’t approach virtual worlds as Second Life VS. OpenSim. For me, it is Second Life AND OpenSim

And finally, let me just add, that I’d like to thank me for making this meme.

God job, Danko!