Monday, December 29, 2008

Is second life more than a game to you?

(Question 4 of 10)

Second Life is not a game at all… it is a new form of communication. It is part of the technological advances in communication from the telephone, telephone party lines, web bulletin boards, forums, instant messaging, video conferencing, webinars and other live streams. It has combined many elements of other communication technologies with the online multi player video game technology; however, unlike a video game, there is no objective set, no next level to get to. Because of that that, Second Life itself is not a game. I will note that there are games within the environment, from very simple diversions to some elaborate roll playing games, but these games are played within an environment that in itself is not a game.

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