Day 293: “Greed” In A Virtual World

Second Life
Second Life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I play a game called Second Life. “Game” may not be an accurate term as that word implies rules and/or strategy. It is more accurate to say that Second Life is a virtual world in which you can do everything you can do in  the real world and some things you can’t. You can hold a job, buy a house, own land, get married, start a family etc.

You can create anything y

ou can dream of so long as you have the right skills. There are people who make clothing, houses,cars and sell them to other players for in game currency. That currency can, if the player desires be converted to real world money in that person’s real life bank account.

For many people, myself  included, Second Life is a hobby which they enjoy and any “money” they make is unimportant outside of what it gets them in the game. However for some the income they make in Second Life pays their bills in the real world and maybe their only source of income.

Lately I have heard several creators called greedy. This upsets me on at least two fronts.One computer programs like Photoshop and Poser(an animation program) aren’t easy to learn and even simple projects can take several hours. Two, you have no idea what that asking price might be funding in the real world so stop  running your mouth when you don’t know jack except that you can’t be bothered to pay for anything in a game. Newsflash: for some people the game we play is a real life living.


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