Nov 12, 2007
Last month on CSI New York (you can watch it on CBS!) episode featured gunning down a real-life killer through the virtual world, I become curious.
Is there a real big bad virtual world out there? Googling helps (so does Wiki!).
The definition for virtual world is "A virtual world is a computer-based simulated environment intended for its users to inhabit and interact via avatars. This habitation usually is represented in the form of two or three-dimensional graphical representations of humanoids (or other graphical or text-based avatars)."
The third website suggested by G was my answer though. Second Life is a virtual world where you can lead your second life virtual (sounds weird, yet true!).
Registration is free (unless you need premium access or buy land/property virtually!). You also need to install their program on your laptop/PC.
Log in and welcome to virtual world. I liked their concept of handling you.
The first time you log in, your avatar is at Orientation Island where (you guessed right) you can learn to move, dress, drive, and make friends.
Next step is the Help island which is in-between main grid and Orientation island---here you need to grab free stuff (clothes, accessories, furniture and even a house if you like!).
You are also given some Liden curreny.
Liden currency can also be bought using the actual dollars (just swipe you Mastercard/Visa) once you are in the game to buy virtual property!
When you think you are ready, 'Teleport' yourself to the Main Island. You need to know where you are going, whom you are going to befriend and where you are going to hang up----So better be prepared to arrive here from the Help Island.
I was impatient and teleported myself within 2 days (bad idea!). But luckily, there are soo many avatars out there to help you on the Main Island (just remember to ask (voice/msg chat)).
One of the girls (whom i met in a place similar to Antartica!) helped me with the the hotspots ----the list consisted of cafes, beaches, discos, resorts, clubs, hiking........
God lord....its wonderful that you can go snorkeling even when you don't know swimming or bungee jump even if you have Acrophobia!!
Bottem line: Unless you are on crutches, better enjoy the real world :-)