In the past few weeks I’ve been talking about the people related issues and how they contribute to Second Life’s “secret sauce.” It’s getting harder now to pick ingredients by their relative importance. There are many more people related ingredients, but I think it’s time to talk about one very big thing that separates SL from chat rooms.
Let’s call this ingredient, large slices of beautiful and interesting places to explore, or the builds. Without this ingredient, Second Life would just be a plot of land and sea.
You could say I’m putting the cart before the horse if you are a builder, afterall builders create these amazing places to explore, but I’m talking about a sauce that most people would enjoy. And the finest of the Second Life builds are works of art.
How could I not begin with Calas Gladhon! 12 sim of beauty, unrivalled in all of Second Life. This is not only a place for explorers, it’s a place for romantics and there are even three nightspots. And so much more.
There are places to go and take a sea cruise. Here is SS Galaxy cruise ship, which spreads across three sims with ballrooms, staterooms, restaurants, shopping, swimming pools and so much more.
There are themed area that can literally transport you back in time. Here is the magnificent Hosoi Ichiba sim group. A trip back into Japan’s Edo period with geisha houses, historic castles, samurai, pearl diving, farming, trade ships docked at harbor. All of this is supported by Hosoi Ichiba’s marketplace!
I have many examples of the wonders of Second Life. These wonders are created by residents and they attract people with shared interest. Unless you fill your screen with clutter, you’ll see a world of wonder.
Ingredient #4: The vast array of outstanding “builds” created by users, creating a world for exploration.
I’m already thinking about my next ingredient. It might be logical to follow with something about building, but I’m not sure yet. I’m thinking maybe all the ingredients I’ve put in the pot so far are leading toward one of the most emotional ingredients. More on this soon.