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“Our dreams are a second life.” ~Gerard de Nerval

Second Life and the Avatar: Drax Files Episode 12

By Cat Boccaccio. Second Life is a little different for each of us. Some create avatars that resemble their Real Life selves and meet up with RL friends in Second … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · 6 Comments

Second Life’s Strange Second Life

Whenever Second Life is in the mainstream news, it’s almost always a sad little article about the dashed hopes of creators and corporations, the demise of a dream, the sorry … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Ingenuity and Enterprise — Only in Second Life! Drax Files Episode 11

By Cat Boccaccio. I have never delved into the world of breedables in Second Life (unless you call a hungry plant that died, a breedable), but I know a meeroo … Continue reading

September 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Code of Honor for Alts–and How to Spot One

By Cat Boccaccio. Everyone seems to have an alt in Second Life these days. Rather than simply change our display name and the way we look, we choose to open … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · 6 Comments

The Beauty of Virtual Worlds

By Cat Boccaccio. Video games are busy places. Gamers are constantly in battle, or saving worlds or destroying enemies or facing impossible challenges. These worlds aren’t meant for leisurely exploration, … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · 5 Comments

When will Second Life go Mobile?

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 … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · 8 Comments

Drax Files Episode 10: “Everyone is Creative”

By Cat Boccaccio. “One of the things that has always excited me about Second Life is that people who have no idea that they are creative come in and find … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Inventory Dance: Gracie Kendal’s “Binge and Purge”

By Cat Boccaccio. What if you logged into Second Life one fine virtual day and your inventory was gone forever… empty… a window full of nothingness? The majority of SLers … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

[SL10B] Second Life turns 10: what it did wrong, and why it may have its own second life, by Wagner James Au

Editor: Many of the thousands of core users of Second Life are currently taking time from busy SL activities to reminisce about the old days, examine how Second Life has … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · 4 Comments

New Version of Lumiya, the Mobile App for Second Life

By Cat Boccaccio. Oh, to have Android so I could take advantage of Lumiya on my phone or iPad! I suppose I might even log on to Second Life more … Continue reading

June 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

Is Second Life a Game? A Game about Sex? Played by Gamers? …and other vital questions

I (Cat speaking) generally define a game as something that has a goal or quest or other A to B challenge attempted by the player. A game involves winning and … Continue reading

May 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

It’s time to end harassment of women in virtual reality

Dear Internet: If You Must, Harass me for What I’m Doing — Not for What I Am Iris Ophelia at New World Notes articulates an ongoing and difficult situation in … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

10 Reasons Why Second Life is a Killer App for Oculus Rift

By Jon Brouchoud. [Slum magazine editor’s note: There has been a lot of recent coverage of Oculus Rift, a headset under development that would allow the wearer to experience a … Continue reading

April 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

No Need to Bother with Real Life

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 … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

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