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Kpax avatar 5:37 PM on 07.12.2009  (server time)
Second Life: A Study

For my freshman year English class at Drexel University this past year, I was tasked with writing a case study detailing a problem surrounding one of six topics and providing possible solutions for it. I chose to write about Second Life and how so few people actually play it. We were supposed to provide evidence of our research, and I decided that the best way to do this would be to play a bit of Second Life and take screenshots. The following is what I came up with.
I apologize in advance for the fact that I was unable to resize the pictures... stupid Dtoid BBCode restrictions.


Editing an avatar...

There are sliders to adjust pretty much every part of the body.

Such as the size of your avatar's eyes, for instance.


Two unedited avatars just chilling...

The same two after a round of avatar customization...

You can attach pretty much any object you have to any body part. Here I attached a wooden box to my skull.


You can perform all sorts of gestures. This one is called play dead. The animations look weird when you've got stuff attached to you.

So I decided to actually be useful and make some legit character designs like someone who actually cares.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce my two new character models: Spike Jones...

...and Negro Jones!

Negro Jones is very professional.

Hey look, a house on a platform in the sky...

Now it's time for an impromptu lesson on creating objects!

Make sure you DON'T check the "Allow anyone to move" box. You don't want anyone going anywhere with your creation, do you?

As you can see, I've just created a big wooden... roundish... thing...

And now we move it over into the house...

Yep. No one is getting in there!

And now we fly away. We'll let the owner of the house enjoy our creation in private whenever they get back.

This is exactly why so many people stop using Second Life.

Today, on the continuing adventures of Spike Jones, it would seem that I have found the Hells Biker Homeland.

It also appears to be vulture country...

What a lovely jpeg of NYC!

Oh no, it would also seem that the Hells Biker Homeland is giant octopus country as well.

As it turns out, the Hells Biker Homeland has a pretty sweet nightclub. I can even DJ!



Awww, yeah. Negro Jones gonna bring down the houuuuuuuuse!

Too bad there's nobody else here...


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