So, Second Life arrives to its 10th anniversary. In these 10 years, SL may not have changed the world, but it certainly left its mark – and in the big picture, we can say that it homes a dedicated and a more or less cohesive community, that it allows its residents to interact in very different ways with people from around the world, and that it’s a tool to let SLers show their creativity in ways that are not always possible in the atomic world.
This is not a “confessional blog”, so my two readers – and the 3 or 4 readers that occasionally arrive to this website, probably by mistake, when searching for other stuff on Google – have no reason to worry: this post is not about what I did in these 10 years (actually, my personal history in SL has 6 years, not 10). Instead, it’s about what other people have been doing to celebrate SL’s anniversary.
The SL10B Community Celebration, or SL10BCC, opens tomorrow, June 16, with an ensemble of regions where different SL residents and groups will hold exhibitions, DJs and musicians will show their work, other SLers will share their experience and knowledge on specific topics. It’s organized and run by SL residents who are dedicating time and effort to the celebration as volunteers. To keep yourself posted on the events and features of the community celebration, you can visit the official website for it and read its blog. To explore the regions, you can start at the welcoming area, when it’s open to the public, and from there travel around the sims.
As I said, the sims will open tomorrow, June 16, to the public. The official anniversary date is on June 23, which is also the final day for performances. The sims will close to the public on the 29th. From the 16th to the 23rd, I will be there, at certain times, as a greeter. With luck, I will get to meet my two readers 😉
The regions themselves and the exhibitions that they hold will be an amazing showcase for the creativity of SLers. And the creativity of SL residents is what this blog has been about, so, if you like to read it, you’ll probably like to visit the SL10BCC. The pics here already show a glimpse of what you’ll find there (including the World Turtle, that recreates the myth of a turtle bearing elephants that sustain the world). Also interesting to notice is the fact that the regions for the celebration are located between the historical and mythic Corn Field and The Bear Island (where you can find lots of Linden Bears).
Of course, there will be lag, for it’s a major event which will probably receive lots of visitors. So, to minimize the problem, get rid of all the attachments that you do not need – and don’t forget to detach all the HUDs and scripted stuff which are not essential. Apart from that, just go exploring, relax and enjoy. And if you’d like to learn more about SL’s history, you can read about it on the Second Life Wiki. Have fun!