Second Life Locations
When exploring the virtual world, Second Life locations can be accessed in a variety of ways. If they're nearby and on the same server, avatars can walk, swim, drive a car or fly. If they are distant and located on another server, avatars can also teleport. The technology that makes all of these transportation methods possible is the grid that underlies the Second Life (SL) virtual platform.
Probably half of the entertainment of being a resident value lies in visiting different SL locations. Many residents are skilled at creating virtual assets, from backpacks to buildings. They can create stunning effects for a trendy designer belt for their avatar, or recreations of scenes from historical events, or secluded island getaways complete with palm trees and tropical jungle waterfall.
In order to
to build on, you must upgrade from the free membership to the paid one, and pay an additional monthly fee. The amount of the fee depends on the size or your land and the maximum number of prims that can be built on it. A "prim" is a primitive object, or basic 3D shape, such as a cube or a ball. They are the basic building blocks used on all Second Life locations to create houses, landscaping, furniture and accessory items.
Virtual works of art
To illustrate the possibilities that extend from these seemingly simple shapes, you only have to visit some of the professionally built Second Life locations. For example, a German joint venture between Second Interest AG – Virtual Business Solutions and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) built a virtual art museum complete with intricately detailed virtual replicas of German, French and Spanish Masters. It's
The Old Masters Picture Gallery.
Search for locations
You can use the search feature within Second Life to find locations using a keyword term. For example, if you want to see more artwork, type in "art museum" or "art galleries". Or you can type "live jazz" into the search field to find a jazz club. If you don't have a particular destination in mind, and are in the mood for virtual adventure, but would like to be inspired, look through the featured sites in the
Second Life Showcase.
You'll find realistic replicas of real world landmarks, as well as fantasy creations that you never before dreamed of.
Once you get a taste of the visually rich locations within Second Life, you will naturally want to explore further. Travel inworld is easy with the ability to fly and teleport. You will only have to decide on your destinations.
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