Just tried the virtual world at There. I spent the eighties dreaming of multiplayer arcade games and virtual worlds, and then spent the 90′s and the first part of the 2000′s avoiding them like the plague – they’re such time sinks. There was an article in Technology Review about Social Networking that mentioned this one, so I decided to give it a shot.
It was really quite a bit of fun. They’ve set it up where, when you first come in for your trial period, a mentor immediately approaches you and offers to show you around. The mentor has all kinds of goodies (hoverboards, dune buggies, jet packs, etc.) that they can loan to you so you can learn the ropes (if you want those things for real, you’re going to have to earn enough There Bucks to actually pay for it). My mentor was very nice. She was as sweet as the day is long. Very patient, very helpful.
I already feel the addiction creeping in… must stave it off. Besides, I have a couple of others to go look at.
My dream now is to find a virtual realm where I can gather together friends and family from around the country and around the world and be in touch. It’s easy to get lost in the “gaminess” of these things though. I always try to imagine what my mom would think of software like this. Of course, if you read Neal Stephenson or other cyberpunk authors you know that this is where we’re headed anyway. Might as well get used to it.