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    • And that’s correct! In my eyes, in the eyes of many, or most, older SL residents it is no game. SL is a Virtual World, a Simulation, a Sandbox. Not a game. We live, or used to live, secondary lifes in there, with relatonships, jobs and all the stufff. It’s mostly the younger folks, the stressed millenials, the people who aren’t invested or committed to SL, the unthinking ones. who call it a game, in lack of better wording.

      You can play games in the context of SL, many residents made roleplay sims for all kinds of scenarios. But when you enter there you know you’re in a game situation, that doesn’t touch your “civilian” avatar. I can kill you Mad Max-style in a scavenger hunt in the post-apocalyptic Wastelands, and ten minutes later we go dancing in disco club, wearing totally different wardrobe, hairs and skins. That’s like joining a tennis match and then go on with your real life.

      Maybe the fact that you need a powerful computer with beefy graphics, a gaming computer, that makes many ppl think of SL as a game. But, as I mentioned, those are the guys who were born late or joined SL late. They lack the basic philosophy. Millenials have no time to think properly. Nowadays I just hang out in SL, no commitments no appointments, no jobs, no events to plan anymore. And I still don’t game. =^.^=

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        • Yeah, same with me. But I don’t see the time I’ve spent in SL as wasted. It was mostly fun, I’ve learned a lot and it was also a distraction from the mild depression that threatened to get a hold of me. Oh, and also I made some money inworld that we used for plane tickets on a vacation. See, that’s the trick, one must never forget we’re sitting behind a computer, and know when it’s time to log off. My hubby made sure of that.
          And, excuse my asking, don’t you waste a lot of time gaming as well?

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          • Never! It’s all part of the learning process. In adventure games there is a lot of beautiful 3d and 2d game design so I’m learning and enjoying the game at once. In addition, the plot is always a sort of a mystery to be uncovered by solving puzzles and I simply love it. It reminds me of the meaning of life… What are we doing here??? I follow my heart and no longer let my brain get in the way by doubting my decisions. Tough but worth it! Playing games for me it’s like getting some fresh air and a break from a world where people have gone ballistic chasing pieces of paper (and destroying the world in the process)! My dog and cat never complain, though humans have taken their territory and keep destroying the creatures they used to hunt, they still love us! In the real world, animals are my teachers because they love unconditionally that’s why I moved to Cambodia but human zombies are coming here as well… but in all games, in the end they die, they all die!

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            • Same as in SL: In the end they get bored or ruin their existence with sociopathic behaviour, so they can’t show their faces anymore. Or they get banned or … they die in RL. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Which is sad. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
              Oh, one big diff between games and SL is that everything you see in world is user created content. From the terraforming, landscaping, buildings, vehicles, weapons, cothes, sexual organs, scripts … everything! That’s how SL got it’s bad reputation as a seedy sex place and all SL residents as pervert fuckers. ๐Ÿ™‚

              Yes, it’s true, we have a full continent dedicated to brothels, whorehouses, pay-by-the-hour hotels and other shady businesses. And most females are running around in clothes they’d never wear in RL. But I guess that’s because our avies have much nicer bodies than our meat selves. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, that is only one small part of SL, the rest is rather normal. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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              • I really didn’t know. Now, I understand the difference between SL and other types of games: in traditional gaming you are by yourself in SL you connect with others. However, in the past decades traditional gaming has been reolaced by multiplayer gaming where you also connect with others but there is a common mission to be accomplished. I prefer my own company ๐Ÿ˜‰, I’ve had enough of ‘people’ – even in RL, I only deal with them if I have to! I prefer the company of animals ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ•๐Ÿญ๐Ÿข… And by being old fashioned, I don’t enjoy sex without love so it’s no problem for me to live a life of solitude… Unless I fall in love then I can hardly think about anything else! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…

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                • Yeah, SL is comparable to an MMO but I can assure you a hermit’s life is possible without any problem in SL. Just don’t talk to anyone, don’t send or accept any friendship offers, don’t join any groups, and Bob’s your uncle. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh, and wear your “busy” tag, so IMs by other resis will just receive a preformatted answer about you being busy and mustn’t be disturbed. And there are various ways to make yourself kinda invisible for others in the settings. SL’s menu system is rather huge and gives you lots of variants to totally customize your experience.

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