Or maybe it's not.
Apparently "millions" of people don't think it's ridiculous anyway.
What am I talking about? I'm talking about the net phenomenon called "Second Life." To be honest, I don't know a whole heck of a lot about it. I first became familiar with it while watching a Dr. Phil show. (Don't judge me) All I remember is that he had a teenage girl on the show who was obsessed with Second Life, to the extent that she was neglecting her life offline.
If you go to the Second Life website you will find out that you can live your own virtual life online. For a price.
Yes. For just $9.95 you can start your life in the virtual world.
Thousands of new residents join each day and Create an Avatar
Those avatars Explore the World and Meet People
These people discover the thousands of ways to Have Fun
Some people decide to purchase Virtual Land, which allows them to open a business, build their own virtual paradise, and more!
Linden Lab creates new land to keep up with demand. What began as 64 acres in 2003 is now over 65,000 acres and growing rapidly.
Now $9.95 might not seem like much. But apparently there are "land use" fee as well. If you go here you can get the whole rundown on what it costs to use their virtual land. And if I remember correctly, you can also spend your hard earned, real world, money on things like virtual cars, homes, clothes, etc....
But hey, I suppose it's a small price to pay to have such a full virtual life. According to the site there's all kinds of fun stuff to do...
In the Second Life world, there's something new around every corner.
The world is filled with hundreds of games, from multi-player RPG's to puzzles and grid-wide contests. There are also dance clubs, shopping malls, space stations, vampire castles and movie theatres.
To find something to do at any time of the day or night, simply open the Search menu and click on Events. You'll see a listing of Discussions, Sports, Commercial, Entertainment, Games, Pageants, Education, Arts and Culture and Charity/Support Groups.
Regardless of your mood, there's always something to do...
What the hell is a "vampire castle?"
Maybe I'm just too old to "get" the whole Second Life thing. Maybe living a virtual life is the next wave of existence where we get to make up the rules to our own, real life, video game.
Or maybe some people need to go outside once in awhile.