“Our dreams are a second life.” ~Gerard de Nerval
By Cat Boccaccio.
I’ve got a serious case of ‘Droid envy.
My PC desktop runs Second Life very nicely, with the main glitches, as always, shared between SL’s instability and my crappy ISP. My desktop is located in my office, a little last-minute room tucked in one end of the house, painted dark blue, with the wood shutters on the window mostly closed. It’s a dim room, a cubby-hole of a room, a pocket, a quiet stuffy womb. It’s an office.
How many of us “play” Second Life at our desktops in slightly darkened rooms in slightly isolated locations? Granted, many of us sneak a visit to SL from computers at the workplace. There are also dedicated gamers with fat powerful laptops. But I, and many of us, log on from our dreary home computer room. It’s time for a revolution!
I want to slip online while sitting on the patio with a cool drink, or in a cosy room that is part of the actual house, in a comfy recliner (as I am now, writing on my shiny beautiful Mac Air; and no, I won’t stop bragging about my new Mac).
It is possible to run Second Life on my shiny new Mac. But it starts groaning and burning up and the battery numbers start dropping… altogether a somewhat frightening experience. My Mac doesn’t want to run SL. Mac is currently that serious friend who never watches TV, except for documentaries, thinks 50 Shades of Grey is a book about the elderly, loves heirloom tomatoes, and shuns hipsters. Mac doesn’t want to play. But our relationship is new, and Mac will come to love the things I do, I’m sure. And when he does, will Second Life be ready?
My iPad wants to play. That’s what me and my iPad do… we play Angry Birds (still!), and visit celebrity gossip sites, check out Jezebel, read trashy novels and load up on funky, useless new apps. We are happily chunky from all the apps we ingest. My iPad has been to Second Life and loves that crazy place, even though it has never actually seen Second Life, because the only decent app available for fiddling around in SL is Pocket Metaverse, which while pleasantly functional, is not immersive.
Lumiya is immersive. You can carry SL around in your pocket or purse with Lumiya. You can log in on the bus. Or while in class. Or on the beach. Go ahead and TP around, meet your friends, wear mesh, rez your yacht; and as I learned over at New World Notes, Lumiya now supports Windlight. Lumiya, created by Alina Lyvette, allows you to have a 3-D SL adventure, even if it is not quite the big screen experience. You can log in to Second Life in 3-D! — if you have the Android OS on your mobile.
So me and my iPad (and one day, my Mac) have ‘Droid envy. I’ve never really met Android, but Android sounds like a fun OS.
Some suspect that the age dynamic of Second Life is skewed towards the older user because of the trend to mobile computing. Kids don’t bother with desktops. They travel with their tablets or tiny laptops, oblivious to the awesomeness that is virtual reality (or any reality, it sometimes seems). Well I don’t necessarily want to bother with my desktop, either. Freedommm!
If the brilliant Alina can do it for Android, why can’t Linden Lab do it for Apple? Or even do it for a sturdy little (shiny new) Mac? Birds do it, bees do it… when will Second Life go mobile?
Visit the Lumiya website
Visit the Pocket Metaverse website.
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