The word pretend

January 25, 2008

I have a problem with the word pretend as used in this article by the Wall Street Journal about the banking ban. The writer obviously does not know that Second Life is no longer a “game” as it is constantly referred to throughout the article.

Second Life, from the last couple of years is starting to reach its glass ceiling, and while opportunity and creativity is plentiful in the grid, it is also prone to being vulnerable to human nature–that of man being scammers and ill-doers. For most people who came to SL years before me, the paradise that is Second Life is no longer as pristine as it seems. Millions have gone into the grid to take advantage of the opportunity and check out what’s out there.

World of Warcraft is a GAME, Second Life ISN’T–well in some areas it isn’t anymore. The vastness of SL has enabled it to be whatever people in it wanted it to be, and thus role-playing environments still flourish among SL businesses, clubs,  and whatever RL related situations coming in SL. The trick lies on how to keep SL being SL–a haven of fun, creativity, collaboration, and community. As long as the grid starts to let more people in, without filtering out the scammers and ill-doers in, there has to be rules and RL laws will and must, sometimes, eventually let its rules in.

It is a bitter pill to swallow, especially for those who look forward to taking full advantage of the freedom to be who you can be in SL, but witnessing the history of SL has proven that humans MUST have rules to live by. Due to humankind’s duality, the notion that not everyone is good will always be reason for laws, rules, and obligations to come in.

Let’s admit it–Second Life is now going to be like the American frontier circa the Wild West era. New rules will eventually be setup to protect us and Linden Labs, they won’t be perfectly implemented, however we should all do our best to appreciate it.

If we want a better Second Life free of griefers, sickos and scammers, let’s help Linden Lab get to the solution faster instead of leaving the solution gathering to themselves. We are a vast population, with so many great minds and indeed all of us can suggest a thing or two, but of course, if LL would also do their part in opening their doors to us, then why not?

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