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Posted: Apr 4th 2012 2:47PM madeleen said

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Wow, that SL screenshot is so 2006. lol

People's avatars look a lot better now for the most part.

Posted: Apr 4th 2012 2:52PM Pru said

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@madeleen Probably the only screenshot they could find that didn't contain nudity.
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Posted: Apr 4th 2012 2:53PM Borick said

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Logged in to SL a couple of days ago. It's still there. All kinds of 'live' shows and coffee bars and friendly people, no pressure and an insane number of polygons. I had to leave the jazz club when the singer started belting out Brian Adams, though. I have my limits.

The study is kind of a no-brainer, I think. Allow a person to dress up as their ideal persona and put them in a normalized environment without a bunch of blind competition and expectation, and hey... they're actually more relaxed!

Posted: Apr 4th 2012 3:36PM doublerainbow said

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@Borick

It could still teach people some things about themselves. But yeah I do agree with what you wrote.

I'd love to be a John Sheppard looking character with seemingly no flaws, but alas I am not that hot. But being able to create everything I ever wanted in a virtual world, especially one where i can sell my land and environments, could prove to be therapeutic.

What would you do if you had no limitations, little to no consequences? What does this tell you about yourself?
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Posted: Apr 4th 2012 3:04PM ReadingRambo said

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People still "play" this?

Posted: Apr 4th 2012 3:19PM mattaui said

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Teaching relaxation techniques, huh? I guess that's a nice way of putting it. :)

Posted: Apr 4th 2012 4:01PM Borick said

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@mattaui It's a social simulator. Complaining that people hook up in Second Life is like complaining that people hook up in bars.

That said, there's a lot more to it than that. It can be fun to just log in and chat with real people, listening to a 'real' DJ or singer, and pretending to dance in the bright lights. That seems to be most of what's going on when I log in.
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Posted: Apr 4th 2012 4:25PM ApathyCurve said

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And what does Second Life teach now?

Posted: Apr 4th 2012 4:57PM Softserve said

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I'm always surprised by articles about people using this game for such purposes. When I loaded it up for the first time I just felt overwhelmed and confused.

Posted: Apr 4th 2012 5:27PM Space Cobra said

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Of course it's more relaxing!

You don't have to put on makeup or even wear pants (in RL) to "go out" with your avatar in "Second Life". No pressure at all! ;P

Posted: Apr 4th 2012 6:15PM zuchaka said

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don't be fooled it still a haven for pedophiles

Posted: Apr 4th 2012 7:05PM tenfootgoatman said

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@zuchaka Why on earth would they want to play this then ? I cant imagine any children playing it . Wouldn't it be just as or more likly you would find them in a game like Warcraft where theres a lot of children playing ?
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Posted: Apr 4th 2012 7:15PM Solaris said

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Only picture that you could find that didn't contain nudity, furries or pedophilia, huh?

And you are three days late because is the dumbest thing I have ever heard (this month) so not sure if serious!

Posted: Apr 5th 2012 12:35AM (Unverified) said

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It use to, then it stopped in favor of ERP.

Posted: Apr 5th 2012 12:12PM Space Cobra said

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I haven't seen the new avatars, but those look pretty darn good still!

(Okay, only seen the main page; a few more polygons and all. Better, but I also like the above!)

Posted: Apr 27th 2012 3:19PM BanMeAgain said

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and all this time i thought it was the herb relaxing me.

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