If your life isn’t complicated enough already, here’s how to get a Second Life. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with my current life.
Boring, dead-end job. All-to-familiar spouse. Noisy kids. Nosey relatives. Not so nice neighbors. More bills. Messy pets. Hmmm. Come to think of it, maybe a second life is just what the doctor ordered. Use your Mac to get a real virtual Second Life.
Coming To A Mac Near You
Through the years I heard about Second Life, but never bothered to find out what it was all about. That’s because my first life was taking up all my time, all my effort, all my money.
With a real life going on, who has time for a second life?
Yes, there are some guys with dual families.
And some guys with multiple wives. And too many people with no life whatsoever. So, why does anyone need a Second Life? Actually, the answer is easy.
Second Life is a virtual online world for Mac, Windows PC, and Linux users. The need? Escape. Fantasy. Fun.
Fantasy Is Free
Inside Second Life is a world. Once you enter, you become a resident. Each resident interacts with other residents using an avatar. Yes, think Avatar. But without the cool 3D, 10-foot high bodies.
The world inside is a grid. Your Mac Viewer lets you interact with others, participate in online relationships and group activities. You can even trade property and services, virtually, of course, using the Second Life internal economy.
Everything moves around onscreen in a remarkably clever and somewhat realistic interactive 3D-like animation. It’s impressive. The Destination Guide is a good place to start as Second Life is filled with various worlds not unlike the world of movies, except you interact with the world and other residents.
Choose or create an avatar. Choose destinations, activities, and life styles right from within your Mac Viewer. Be a vampire or goth. Live in a science fiction world. Go back in history. Go into the future.
Your Viewer will take you through various communities within Second Life. It’s a chance to become online what cannot offline. Someone else. That’s the second life.
Your Viewer also allows you to chat with other avatars within a community. You can be human, animal, or whatever, or simple be yourself. Every aspect of your personal avatar is customizable.
What I found very quickly is that Second Life is actually more complicated that real life. There’s money to be made. People to meet, places to go, things to do, and it’s all economic. You earn your way. Or, rather, you can pay your way.
A Second Life account is free, but a Premium membership has a price tag and benefits, including a stipend (money in your account) to get you started. You can have multiple accounts, too (think of it as digital schizophrenia).
Beyond that, Second Life gets even more complex. You Mac’s Viewer app is the window to the Second Life virtual world. Getting started is free. Who else uses Second Life? One estimate says about 20-million people worldwide. You’re bound to meet someone interesting, or go someplace interesting.
Here’s the scary part? How easy is it to prefer your interesting virtual online life to your non-virtual, highly boring, and more restrictive real life?