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  My Second Life, Part 3  
Posted 2004-04-16 by Tony Walsh
My first few forays into the strange and wonderful world of Second Life were totally eye-opening. Chaos and order are constantly at war in this otherwise peaceful virtual world, making each visit completely unique and intriguing. In my 20-plus years of video-gaming, I've certainly never seen anything so interesting and captivating.

The first and second installments of "My Second Life" covered some basic surface details such as sightseeing, as well as touched upon some more significant issues such as intellectual property and control versus freedom. In this third installment, I'll be discussing slightly more abstract concepts.

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  My Second Life, Part 2  
Posted 2004-04-15 by Tony Walsh
In part one of "My Second Life," I posted my first impressions of the multiuser online environment Second Life (SL) after logging a few hours of play time. I covered what attracted me to SL, basic avatar customization, SL's environment, commerce, intellectual property, and the importance of user contributions to SL's success.

Day two of my Second Life: Sightseeing, window-shopping, and finally some socialization.

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  My Second Life, Part 1  
Posted 2004-04-14 by Tony Walsh
Until yesterday, I'd pretty much sidestepped the entire gamut of Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs). The two main reasons for this avoidance have been the potentially addictive factor of games such as Evercrack, and the subscription fees involved. I've followed MMOGs--I've even proposed civil disobedience in The Sims Online--but from the sidelines it's just not as fun.
Second Life always interested me to a degree. It's a 3D environment where the order of the day is mainly social interaction. Each user takes the form of one or more "shapes" (avatars) which are completely customizable and generally humanoid. Shapes can be switched at will. Second Life is not exactly a game, although users have created some games within the environment. Last fall, the developers of Second Life revised their Terms of Service and allowed those who contribute content to the game to retain intellectual property rights. Second Life "Linden Dollars" are transferable to real-life cash via certain `net-based exchange services, so suddenly you have a situation where, by creating items of virtual worth (such as clothing textures or other artwork) there is a possibility of real-life kickback. Then I heard about Second Life's free 7-day trial and figured it was about time I got my feet wet MMOG-style.

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  There, Second Life, IP  
Posted 2003-12-05 by Tony Walsh
There is a white-bread community of online consumers. Second Life is an online community built primarily by the community. Both "worlds" deal with intellectual property in different ways, but only Second Life has allowed its users to retain property rights and even make a profit off their creations. Author James Grimmelmann dissects both There and Second Life with an eye on IP issues. Lengthy article, but an easy read.
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