I decided to interview a noob. I was on my mission to find someone genuinely new and not an alt. I got lucky pretty soon at sandbox island. The noob asked me not to publish their username. So I am just going to call them noob.
Me: What do you think of this world so far?
Noob: First of all, I think this is a play. Second Life is adults playing with pixel dolls – dressing them, bathing them, taking them out to pubs and hangouts, roleplaying being their avatar….
Me: That’s an interesting way to see this world, I must say.
Noob: Sure. What else should I think of it? It’s pretty amazing that so many adults get with someone only ’cause they like their avatar! You know what, I met this man who kept messaging me and saying that he was pretty sure I could be his real wife stalking him inworld! My God. Wasn’t even a week I took birth! Lol
Me: What can be the advantages of this play?
Noob: Well…..I think people who have suffered a big loss in their real life or are in pain need this distraction.
Me: Yes, in fact there are many disabled individuals to whose lives this “play” adds some meaning.
Noob: That’s cool. I think in like a few weeks I have seen strange things.
Noob: People craving for Second Life family life. I have overheard people talking about feeding their “SL babies” and putting them to sleep. I thought they were joking about the whole family thing. So I typed a “hahaha” in local and got into a little trouble. One of those people shouted, “Shut up, you little noob!” I actually think that people who are able-bodied with opportunities to live better real lives, should actually aim at making their real lives as much fun instead of wasting their time in here.
Me: Do you know many people meet their real-life partner or friend here?
Noob: Yes, I watched a number of documentaries and read published pieces about this game. I don’t know about meeting partners and all but I definitely can see that a lot of retired old people who have the abilities to make a significant influence in the real world in their free time are getting too serious with this game. For them this game should be like a small stress-relief break or a learning experience to carry out a real world business or work or something like that. But the fancy clothes and hats and stuffs for avatars fuel the craze of spending lots and lots of money on decorating a pixel doll. To sum up things, this play is very healthy for some and dangerous for some.
Me: So, you think the creators of attractive content in Second Life are to be blamed for people wasting their time with their avatars?
Noob: Yes, and also those people refer to the avatar as “me” or “i” instead of “it”. That’s another amazing thing I noticed.
Me: How old are you, again?