Don't Mean To Say, Told You So, But...

Leah Lowe Says: This is ridiculous! My couch, with my boyfriend sitting on it, has disappeared!!!

... Told you so. =-|

Yes I admit: Since Sun's last press conference, I am another one of those cheap newbies in the Second Life with a free demo account. My Avatar literally still wears the default clothes with the logo on them. So today I read the Second Life Blog, and, uh-oh, better not log on: Seems they have a garbage collector running amok on their servers... (Since the servers also lag, I picture it running amok in slow-motion. \*evil giggle\* \*harumph\*)

And, well, seems that the garbage collector's definition of garbage... let's say, deviates from the residents' definition of garbage. Or in other words: Some (paying) members have logged on yesterday to find their pants were gone. If they were lucky. In worse cases, whole bodyparts went missing, inventory items and pets had disappeared, trading goods and a house plus content vanished into thin air -- this includes items which were "expensive" (= payed for in real dollars) or even unique (since users cannot make any backups or store unique items in an "insured" folder or so). Oh, and a couple men possibly woke up as bearded women, since female is the default gender, if the Skin object with your body settings got lost...

Of course Linden is working on restoring these things, but even if they only have to dig up the 5000 items that each (!) of the dozen commenters in the blog reported missing, it will take a while -- since those guys can't even remember all the thousands of items they owned (and spent real money on). It's not the end of the world, but it will make users be less inclined to spend money in this virtual "economy". On the other hand, did users really expect to own anything in Second Life? Paying customers only pay the monthly fee for the extended entertainment they get, don't they? The 3D-models all stay on Linden's servers, if Linden pulls the plug, the stuff is all gone, isn't it?

Man, I tell you, I'm glad I was role-playing a mendicant monk, and my Avatar didn't "own" anything worth losing. But being a mendicant monk is obviuosly not a solution for everyone, it kind of defeats the purpose of the "game", which is as much about buying and selling status symbols ("bling", anyone?) as about chatting about what you own.

But seriously, this whole thing is surreal, even (or especially?) after the textures have finished loading. A random selection of things I saw when teleporting to random sims: A Snow Crash advertisment on the Street in midnight city (haha...). A giant burning Laptop with MS Outlook on the screen and an alien standing in the heart of the flames. A water-filled plastic bag on a shelf with a rectangle swimming in circles inside (After the texture loaded, the rectangle turn into a common fish. Oh.) Sandboxes filled with junk, such as giant flying aircraft carriers with giant robots on them, seemingly frozen in mid-fight. A village called Washtown, dedicated to Wash. Transparent flying guinea-pigs bursting like soap bubbles. An invasion of aliens with signs saying "Take me to your Linden". River Tam's triggering video in brainwash rotation on a screen. I got stuck in invisible walls and fell through the ground. Oh and I glued together some 3D-"prims" on my second day and somebody payed me L$500 for it. (WTF? I'm not complaining, but seriously, people, get a grip on your wallets!) And I haven't even visited Atlantis or the space station yet!

Comments:

I woke up this morning with a bad hangover And my Second Life skin was missing again. This happens all the time. It's detachable.

Posted by catherine helzerman on November 11, 2006 at 08:13 PM CET #

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