Category Archives: identity

metaplace closes

Metaplace, the web-based virtual world that never got out of beta, announced its closing yesterday. I never really became engaged with its interface for a number of reasons, but it did seem to have caught on for those who learned to build there. I could never feel a sense of presence with my avatar–maybe because I couldn’t get literally close to it. It seemed more like a paper doll. And the worlds, themselves, or at least mine, were not naturally interactive. I couldn’t even imagine it being of interest to children.

Another problem for me was that I could not explore it at work, because of a firewall–yes, it’s my job to do such exploration at work. Currently, I can only go to Second Life® at work, not Heritage Key or Reaction Grid or Quest Atlantis, without a formal request and temporary access. So, I couldn’t get a snapshot of my Metaplace world (Sangwin’s World) as it currently exists as I write, but here’s an older view that I will replace when I’m at home. Now, what am I going to do with that avatar name, Sangwin?

Update 12/27/09: The second image is the current view of my Metaplace world, with the blue arrow pointing at my avatar. You can see how small it looks and how hard it would be to feel a sense of identity with it. You can zoom in, but the pixel quality is then poor.

the fun side of the future

rosie_001rosie_002Keeping the futuristic theme going, even if it is a vision from the past, we splurged on getting Rosie the robot maid and the Jetson’s car. What do we get for such silliness, you ask? Well, you want to create an identity on your SL™ campus–plus, do we have to defend having fun in an educational space?

après building

After building, time for a little partying. I was invited to a Linden Concierge Party on Saturday–the Concierge service is the special support Linden Labs offers to owners of islands. The party had a Roman theme and was held on a group of islands that house a Mount Olympus, Colosseum, Temple, etc.

It was open for 24 hours and I dropped in a few times from early morning to mid-afternoon. There were about 60 avatars on each of the five islands at any given time, and let me tell you, that created a lot of lag and difficulty getting in to some spots. I finally got into the Colosseum twice and danced a little, as you can see below in my Atlantean blue toga.

I would have preferred a smoky jazz club, where I could have done more socializing. As it was, in some of the remoter spots, I was reluctant to push myself into conversations with small groups of two or three. Here’s one question I have about Second Life identity: Why do so many female avatars choose such questionable attire? I guess that’s what I was thinking after returning home to our coffeehouse.

The party locations were Insula Augusta, Cogito ergo sum, Mount Olympus, Colosseum, and The Temple regions. Type any of those names into your in-world map to see them. I assume they are public when not reserved for such an event.