[SLED] SL article in Nature
owen.kelly at arcada.fi
Thu Sep 14 06:09:45 PDT 2006
I am not sure that the Nature article takes enough account of how people
approach SL. I think it is a bit naive myself because it makes some
assumptions that are based on less than the full picture :)
I have noticed that my students tend to adopt three different approaches
to porting real life conventions into SL.
One group of students port themselves over as exactly as they can.
Robert Smith will become Bobby Lightyear, and his avatar will be a
glorified version of himself. Jenny Jones will become Jen Masters and
they wil both have long red hair. This group tends to port RL feelings
and expectations too. "Why are they laughing at me, its not fair!"
A second group of students make a deliberate gulf between RL and SL, and
give themselves ironic avatars. Several of the fittest, trendiest
students here (of both genders) have an avatar that looks like a fat,
clueless scruff, and acts in a gormless way that is close to
diametrically opposed to the sharp-witted, sharp-tongued students
themselves. Needless to say they are very distanced from interactions in
SL. They have no "personal space" to invade, and are puzzled as to how
anyone else could imagine they did.
The third group have no consistent avatar at all. They play with their
bodies the way the other two groups play with their clothes. One day Aki
is a green dwarf, the next day he is a gangster. The next an Isaac Hayes
clone, and so on. He is interested in people's reactions but regards the
environment as a laboratory rather than a world.
None of these groups engage in griefing, so they are not adopting these
positions to fool anybody. They are just playing the game differently.
More exactly, they are playing different games.
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