Apparently I didn't block my age and I was instantly attacked as not belonging in their teenage dominated domain. *puts hands on hips* The language that the kids use now a days? Really!
Apparently it claims 50 million subscribers around the world. I now became the noob. Words that I had no idea what they were and acronyms that went over my head. This time I did block my age. At least I could listen.
A nice gal offered to help me and I got passed, "the standing in one place mode". Apparently you don't get to walk anywhere.. it is point and click on the invisible landscape until your cursor goes over a pose yellow dot, then you click on it to sit, stand etc.
This was a challenge as clicking on a dot not only could take you across the whole room but you have no idea what the pose will be. One time I went to click on a fountain and landed on a kiss animation, where a gal was sitting and I kissed the girl. Darn! The first decent animation I had seen and it was a passionate kiss with a strange girl!! Aaaggh! So the hunt and peck method of trying to find some pose or some activity that you feel comfortably engaging becomes the motivation and also a topic for discussion.
My main purpose was trying to see if the psychology would be just as applicable in this virtual world as the others I have been in. So me and my ever questioning philosophical way.. started asking questions.
"So what is the best and worse thing about being in this world?"
The answer: The people! for both the best & worse.
There you have it.. the immersives and disassociatives were still true here. I was hearing the stories of valid relationships and ...umm douchbags? I attended a wedding.. btw very limited in comparison to SL. But none of that mattered. It was the pixelated environment that only gave ground work for relationships. Humans need relationships, any platform will do.
Still listening and trying to understand and appreciate the culture, but one thing is certain the human component psychology fits here as well.
Next blog, I would like to discuss what the virtual worlds are exposing our kids to.. and speculate as to how to deal with that? Hugs!