My friends and I, along with many others, log in Second Life just to connect with people from different parts of the world belonging to different classes of society. Although this very virtual world is focused on bettering the realities of people with physical and mental disabilities, it also gives others a chance to immerse themselves in the pixel perfection and forget their worries for a few.
Unfortunately, Sansar is not for everyone.
When I checked out Sansar for the first time, I found it was completely different from what I had expected it be. No, Sansar didn’t feel like a way improved version of Second Life but rather a world that was meant to be accessed only by the individuals who can financially afford all its requirements. That leaves out more than half of my Second Life friends on a tight budget and the blue collar workers and a few farmers I have come across inworld. So, exploring this world induces a feeling of guilt to some extent, especially, when you have close friends from Second Life that want to enter this virtual reality as well but cannot. Second Life unites people but the presence of Sansar keeps weakening such a unity.
Second Life’s adult content can give someone quite a convincing illusion of having a sex life even if they are actually devoid of one. But, there is no such thing in Sansar yet. The big number of people attracted to a virtual world for the complete replica of a normal lifestyle is excluded from Sansar for now.
As someone who practically makes a real living working a few hours in Second Life daily, I think Sansar doesn’t even look promising yet. It essentially lacks a diverse market and there’s hardly enough people willing to give the not so popular creators a chance.
However, Sansar is still in its quite early developing stage and we can only hope that its experiences can captivate the masses one day.