Second Life

I visited Svend today at my old dormitory, [Skejbygård][]. This was to retrieve a table plate I had stored there while I was in Switzerland. I was glad to see that it was still in good shape.

Second Life logo But that was not the most interesting thing I saw there — Svend showed me a video about Second Life which looked really facinating. I have never seen something like this! Second Life is a vast online world where anybody can join and live, well…, a second virtual life.

To make this interesting, everybody can develop their own stuff. What is different from other such places is that you own your creations, and so you can start selling them to others. You can build 3D objects and script their behaviour, so people have created anything from moon rockets (that launch up into the air with flames and all…) to guns to artificially intelligent clown fish (think Nemo…).

There are now more than 200,000 residents in Second Life, and they are trading those virtual items like mad — a certain anshe Chung currently holds virtual land for some 250,000 US dollars! They explain in the movie how a software developer in some poor country makes half of his income in Second Life…

This whole idea is crazy and fantastic at the same time! :-) It will be very interesting to see where this leads…


  1. amix:

    My intuition says that massive multiplayer games are going to be a huge problem for our society in the future. Already now, I have seen a lot of people suffer because of such games. People almost lose their real life in favor for their virtual…

    In my early teen years I spent a lot of time gaming Age Of Empires (AoE) online. It was really fun and one could really spend over 8 hours pr, day on gaming, waiting, chatting etc. After some time such games become like an addiction where one has to take the daily fix. AoE is even a RPG game, I think that MMORPG like games are way more addictive…

  2. Martin Geisler:

    Yeah, I think you’re right. It’s wonderfully fascinating if some poor guy can make a living out of crafting (programming) weapons for people in Second Life, but it’s also somewhat spooky if people start spending more time interacting with other people “in there” than “out here”.

  3. Pedro:

    grande bronca queria jogar ao jogo mas faltame hardware e online eles não me deixam jogar não!!!

  4. John:

    Never heard of Second Life before. I am going to check it out. Who knows maybe I can finally become a king!

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