by Alphaville Herald on 04/12/08 at 5:04 am
A newbie learns how to dance, finds a job, considers an avatar sex change
by Roby Core
I was reading some Google news the first time I’d ever heard about the Second life virtual world, and I thought it would have been childish stuff, but I got curious, and now I’ve picked a very basic avatar available on the subscription page and I’ve logged in. I wanted to move a bit around, see what kind of population lives in second life so I had to face an unexpected matter – how to do the very basic things.
I’ve spent several hours to understand how to walk properly, look around reading menus and tutorials plus being in the place where everybody starts where you find people who are going to ask you help instead of teaching you.
Things start to be interesting, so I decided to work a bit on my avatar – upgrade a bit the basic appearance and try to make a cooler version of myself out of it. After several more hours I’ve realized that couldn’t do much. I’ve decided to look for help and I quickly learned few things: 1st: that a man avatar can’t get easy help as a looks like all the community is after female avatars. 2nd: that finally, when in the avatar island, I found a female avatar giving me some tips and free shopping landmarks, I found out that even if you can get a lot of stuff for free you still would want to make some money to buy the coolest staff, participate in events and more.
A this point from what’s supposed to be a quick look, I already had a full day playing around the virtual world, and I’ve decided to stick here for a while. On the second day I decide to try to find a job and make some money, (unless you want to pay for virtual stuff with real money as a it’s offered by the system) and get confident with all those menus and functions.
Male avatars won’t talk to other males, female avatars think you are trying to pick them up
Ehhh…. Not so easy again, businesses in SL are taken seriously and nobody will give a job to a “newbie” as everybody was able to immediately identify me. I was trying to talk to someone skilled to get any kind of advice but again, male avatar will not talk much to another male avatar, and female avatar will think you are try to pick her up, I was almost thinking to give up when at VooDoo Lounge club, probably the first place anybody will find as it’s close to the starting point, I saw a redhead standing and just watching around, so considering that I had just learned to animate my avatar to dance I ask her to dance.
She agreed, so I took one more chance and I’ve gone like: “do you know how to move around in this world?” she told me that she was an old player so I told her my effort to upgrade my look and find a way to make money, well….. after short conversation she not only give me some advice but actually offered me a job and some money as advance to upgrade my avatar. Yes, she was Pixeleen Mistral, the managing editrix for Second Life Herald, we have gone talking and “dancing” for a long while and she offered me a job to write about the efforts that I’ve made during my first few days in SL.
Now, after a week or so I am still a “newbie” but things are going better, even because with the confidence I got by the events so far, I’ve finally decided to create a female “sexy” avatar which gets easy help, both from female and male avatars, and it’s actually impressive how people are interested in making sex with a cartoon just clicking here and there, maybe can be just a safe way to explore hidden fantasies but is it actually fun???
By the way I don’t think I will buy even a 5 L$ in a penis for my male avatar which for the moment will have to survive without one, but I will try to get one of those super sexy body with realistic pussy for my female avatar, that seems more useful here.