by Alphaville Herald on 01/04/11 at 12:14 pm
Or will Second Life users' hate and fear of change destroy the metavese?
by Omelet ex-Linden, concerned shareholder
Recently I was talking with my last two inside-the-Lab contacts - Sensipoo and Hubris Linden - about Second Life's trajectory, which inevitably ends in oblivion. As usual, Sensipoo Linden broke into tears at the thought of criticism of Second Life. Meanwhile Hubris Linden and I pondered the words of Linden Lab founder Philip Rosedale, who once warned SL's most dedicated users, “Try not to cling too tightly to what we have now... [coming] changes are sometimes going to be disruptive and painful.”
Hubris reminded me that disruptive and painful change has been the key to destroying all player trust in the Linden Lab, so more of the same would certainly help. But what could the Lab do beyond Facebook integration and point-and-click avatar navigation to save Second Life - and upset current players? Then it hit us. Second Life needs to copy The Sims 2 with special Baby BBQs to meet the needs of the seriously underserved virtual cannibalism market.
After watching a few YouTube videos, the path forward was clear. Hubris Linden promised me that soon all Linden Homes will include realistic grills suitable for disposing of prim babies and Second Life will be saved - unless the current players make Sensipoo Linden cry again.