Second Life is Not a Game

One of my teeny tiny pet peeves is when people harp about Second Life being a game. This is often followed by declarations that games should not be taken seriously. Therefore, Second Life should not be taken seriously.

I wrote in another blog that despite certain statistics about the web and other things geek…

  • Facebook has 750 million active users and 53% of Facebook users play games
  • 65% of U.S. households play video games
  • World of Warcraft has 11.1 million subscribers
  • 2008 saw eight superhero movies
  • The Dark Knight was the highest-grossing film of 2008 worldwide with a total of $1,001,921,825
  • About 130,000 people attended San Diego Comic-Con in 2010

…Second Life crosses some kind of nerd line.

Putting the benefits of play, such as learning, teamwork, relaxation, and therapy, aside, there’s a lot more going on in Second Life than playing. I opened the Search and the Destination Guide and decided to check out some other ways in which Second Life is being used.

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Garden for the Missing

In the Academic Showcase, we have the Garden for the Missing, a sad gallery featuring four floors and 200 posters of missing people in the United States. There is also a note card listing the names of all the missing by state.

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Neil A. Armstrong Library & Archives

The Academic Showcase also features the Neil A. Armstrong Library & Archives located in NASA’s CoLab region. This gallery exhibits over 200 records and documentation about space exploration throughout history.

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Andy Warhol: Behind the Camera

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Sound:Print:Record: African American Legacies

Under Art, I was thrilled to discover Andy Warhol: Behind the Camera, a special exhibition at the University of Delaware Art Gallery.  Warhol is one of my favorite artists and here we have dozens of rare photos taken by him. The gallery also has a really wonderful selection from Sound:Print:Record: African American Legacies, which explores the visual arts and black musical traditions.

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Natural History Museum of Vienna

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Steampunk Structures by Bryn Oh

Inspired by its real-life counterpart, the Natural History Museum of Vienna is huge, strange, and fascinating. The use of textures was disorienting, but you can’t go wrong with steampunk sculptures by Bryn Oh.

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IRS Careers Island

In an interesting display of the intersections between government and business, real and virtual worlds, IRS Careers Island is home the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Listed under Business, it’s a place to find out more about careers with the IRS. There are also taxpayer services and, oddly enough, a sandbox, freebies, some shopping, and a dance club.

As you can see there’s much more to this “game” than games. Second Life is a virtual world and a viable one for art, education, and business.

Second Life


  • Eyeshadow: Sheer Earthtones in jade by cheLLe
  • Lipgloss: Icing Lip Stain 2 by cheLLE
  • Cheeks: Rosy cheeks 2 by Tuli
  • Hair: Sasha in arctic by Exile
  • Outfit: Chain and Vine (free)
  • Shoes: Alex in red by G Fields (sale)
  • Pose: Glitterati for The Fashion Garret
  • Viewer: Second Life 3.2.4
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