The WHY? of virtual life.
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Gray Delwood (avatar's name) is a freelance writer and explorer of Virtual Life platforms for thirteen years (Second Life and OpenSIM to be specific). With a real life background in psychology, Gray often thinks about the social construct known as "virtual life simulations". In this article, he offers a few nuggets for your consideration in hopes that it might spur some fresh thinking about the "WHY?" of a virtual life.
While teaching in an adult degree completion program and during a class break, I heard students chatting about "Second Life" - later to find out that it was a computer 'game'. [Also later, I found out to NEVER call it a game!] To satisfy my curiosity and understand why they were so animated and excited about this topic, I spent the next couple of weeks exploring this mystery. I created an account, made an acceptable avatar and jumped into what I thought would be a three, maybe four week journey.
Needless to say, after thirteen (fourteen? loss track) years I am here writing my fifth article on this amazing digital vortex of an experience. I will try my best to focus on a narrow field of thought. I want to ask three questions and highlight the third and final one. The key words for each of the questions are as follows:
WHAT? A very tangible and fact oriented question.
HOW? More to do with 'process'
WHY? Now this word/question opens up the depth of the universe itself. (insert spooky music here lol)