I’ll try to be open minded here, but it’s going to be hard. I set up an account at “There” today for the first time to check out the new State of Play Academy, and I was kind of shocked at what I found.
Early impressions? Well, you hear people complain about the graphics in Second Life from time to time, but There looks just awful. As Simon says, “I don’t mean to be rude, but…” the world of There looks a like the designers of MarioKart are holding a garage sale on a tiki beach. Screen after screen of blocky, pixelated, repetitive scenery, and all the avatars, no matter what they’re wearing, look basically the same. Honestly, I’m amazed that anybody considers this platform a competitor to Second Life.
I’ve also got a list of about twenty seemingly crippling interface deficiencies, but I’m attributing at least some of them to me not knowing what I’m doing.
So here’s my idea: readers, if any of you use There with any regularity, can you show me around? My avatar there is BenjaminNoble (spaces aren’t allowed) and I’d like to see this from the perspective of someone who understands what we’re looking at.
And by the way, can somebody “There” hook me up with a shirt, a pair of pants, and some actual shoes? Though I’m allowed to change my face for free, I appear to be stuck with an orange Hawaiian shirt, tan board shorts, and a pair of hideous mandals until I give the folks that run this flea circus some money. Which seems, frankly, like extortion of the vilest sort.
Of course, I haven’t tried dune buggy racing or hoverboarding yet. Maybe that’ll change everything. Dude.
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