“Our dreams are a second life.” ~Gerard de Nerval
By Buttercup Thursday.
You don’t spend enough time on your computer or laptop, gaming or roaming around a virtual world. No, really, you don’t. There are hours in the day that you are doing other things, I’m almost certain. To help end this foolishness, a fine young gentleman named Beau Hindman at the MMO fanblog Massively has found 5 immersive worlds where you can spend more of your precious time exploring and interacting, instead of attending to the real world. Thank you, Beau!
His first favorite is… Second Life! And here’s what he has to say about it:
There is no better title for explorers than Second Life. I have played it since 2004 — nine years now — and I am still amazed to log in to find something that blows me away. The website and much of the playerbase might make it seem there is nothing on offer but cheesy, digital sex, but the game or world or experience or whatever you want to call it is so, so much more. I have found areas that had almost photorealistic qualities, all built by hand using optical illusions and other tricks. I’ve discovered lush forests, massive castles, alien planets, massive art galleries, and so much more.
…I love walking around the many worlds of Second Life and stumbling across things I have never seen. It really is still an amazing MMO; I hope it lasts forever.
The futuristic, post apocalyptic Ryzom takes place on a planet far far away, and is Beau’s second favorite MMO for immersive exploration.
He emphasizes that it is a very “dangerous” world. Interestingly, it’s possible to build your own environments and set up your own RP scenarios in Ryzom.
Beau describes his third favorite, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, as epic, massive and beautiful; really the perfect place for a weary RPer to take a break from battle and watch the sunrise.
At number four is the magical, dark medieval world of Runescape , which Beau enjoys for its detailed, misty warmth. Since this world runs in the browser with no downloads, I popped in and killed me some trolls as per tutorial, and it looks like fun, but the detailing was not overly impressive on my monitor.
Beau’s fifth and final pick for an immersive experience is Wurm Online, which, like Second Life is a resident controlled environment. “Exploration,” says Beau, “is not only encouraged but necessary. I’ve known people who will wander around the world of Wurm for hours at a time with no particular reason.”
So dear readers, when Second Life gets bland, there’s no need to step away from your screen! These are battle games, to be sure, but Beau Hindman has hiked their mountains and crossed their rivers and found them worthy of an immersive visit.
By the way, in case we meet on the battlefield, my screen name is MystboundSneezyface.
Read Beau Hindman’s full article here at Massively.