Take a Trip from Home
When I first got online a few years ago, (Not gonna say how many but a lot) I discovered a quaint little game called Second Life. In a nutshell, it drove me up the wall and I think I only lasted a couple of weeks there. As a newbie online and the computer I found the commands too complicated and just didn't have enough time or brains to actually learn to appreciate it. So I left before giving it much more of a chance.
Forward through the years, I went searching for a graphic chat program where I could interact with other people and still learn about the computer and anything else my hungry mind could grasp. In between visits to Kaneva, Hobo and IMVU, I would check back at Secondlife just to see how it had grown or not grown...nope, still the confusing site I couldn't quite manage.
Then after about two years or so of an adult only world, I went back once more time to Second Life. Suddenly everything made sense. How to move, walk, dress, add attachments, I could understand how to do it all. So more and more I began to visit Second Life.
Now for those that are wondering what Second Life is, let me just try to give you a bit of information.
Second Life is a virtual world where you can go in and interact with others through avatars, or to bring it down to a simple level, 3D paper dolls. You have full control over the way your avatar looks. You can make it look like real life, or you can make it as glamorous or as fantastical as you can dream (I have several friends that created creatures such as dragons for their avatar. In fact one of my avatars is a steampunk cyborg and one is a gryphon.)
Supposedly you can spend all your time on Second Life and never spend one real life cent. Yes it can be done, I still have a couple of avatars there I use and I do not have any world money to spend so I am constantly looking for freebies. However if you want the higher quality clothing, hair or shoes, or even if you just want to make your own outfits, there is real money involved. You have to spend world money to import your patters and/or textures to use there. It was just getting way to expensive to use, so I went in search of another world to visit. Surely Second Life was not the only one around.
Through friends, I was first invited to one then another OpenSource world (I think that is what they are called, I'm bad about technical terms.) Finally they found Inworldz and invited me.
The first thing I noticed was that there were avatars there to greet you and if you were new to the platform they were there to help you learn how to move around and interact in this program. They were mentors, trained and above all else, they were extremely friendly. They volunteered several hours a week to do nothing more than greet you and help anyone out that needed help.
I have been a member of Inworldz now for about five or more years. The most important thing for me is that you can stay there forever and never spend a penny of real money. The patterns to make clothing from Second Life work great for making clothing for Inworldz and importing my patters and textures cost me nothing. If I want to spend money there, it is so much cheaper than Second Life. The monetary exchange is almost double that of the other game. And it is much easier to set up a shop, charge for your own creations and make real money.
All in all if you are interested in just enjoying yourself, or if you have a creative streak in you, it would be worth your time to check out Inworldz and visit with the mentors. Feel free to ask anyone in the welcome area anything at all. And, if you happen to do a search and find me online, IM me and I'll help you every way I am able.
Oh, might help, my most used avatar at Inworldz is Stahma Bandika.
Image Credit » Photo Credit by Sherri Washburn (aka galeforcewinds) Screencap from Inworldz