[SLED] SL article in Nature

Chris Hambly chambly at gmail.com
Thu Sep 14 05:13:02 PDT 2006


I have a combat shield, (yes I like going to a role play combat zone now and
then, it's entertaining), and this shield does indeed do exactly as you
suggest, it create an impervious and invisible boundary around my avatar. So
not only will this repel amunition and spells and wizardy it will also repel
avatars in that they cannot get nearer to avatar than about 3 meters.

I often forget this is on my avatar (though you can switch to "highlight
transparency" to see it) and avatars will sometimes get close and simply
remain at the boundary limits (friends ask what's going on, others walk
away). I have to say though that avatars do not get that close very ofen,
and the ones who do are usually newbies or suffering from bad lag and not in
much control.

Audio Zenith

On 9/14/06, Jonathon Richter <jrichter at uoregon.edu> wrote:
> I was discussing the premise of this article to my wife this evening as we
> drove home from dining out - and she had a very interesting idea. I was
> extrapolating a bit on this notion that people in SL and other MUVEs
> projected their own sense of personal space as they had for their own bodies
> in RL... using examples (perhaps wrongly) that people from the Middle East
> and even the East Coast of the U.S.A. have less of a sense of boundary -
> that is, when someone gets close up, it's felt more agressively in the
> Western part of the U.S. than in other places of the world (research on
> this? or just my sense?) - I hope I'm not displaying ignorance or invoking
> stereotypes that will inflame someone's ire over this sociological
> assumption.... sorry if it's insensitive and/or politically incorrect. oh
> well. The idea that I'm trying to propel fwd here is that different cultures
> promote different degrees of closeness for the sense of personal space in
> different settings/contexts (and that in the multiverse, the clash of these
> differences in levels of cultural senses of space will be intereresting to
> watch DANCE).
> She thought that it would be interesting to create a visible or at least
> detectable "aura" around an avatar that would let others know where the
> boundaries are - so that when someone DID cross the line, they would know it
> (and the person controlling that avatar would then know that the crossing of
> the "personal space" boundary was, indeed, intentional). Of course, all of
> the bumping into one another due to the clumsy interface, time lapse due to
> rendering, etc. would "set the alarms off" too - but I thought it was
> interesting idea that my RL bride had.
> Just a thought - as she is apt to say!
> ~ Jonathon
> On 9/13/06, R P <itphd19 at yahoo.com > wrote:
> >
> > In case you missed it:
> >
> > Title: Concept of 'personal space' survives in virtual
> > reality
> >
> > Sub: Psychologists find real-world social rules
> > mirrored in 'Second Life' interactions.
> >
> > By Jim Giles
> >
> > (Published 11-SEPT-06)
> >
> > http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060911/full/060911-3.html
> >
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