Gotta love Draxtor for bringing focus to an article about Oculus Rift that’s served a substantial diss to Second Life.
If you don’t know what Oculus Rift is, it’s a high field of view (FOV), low-latency, consumer-priced virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) unit that is currently in development, and Linden Labs have confirmed that they’re in possession of a developers kit and are investigating ways that this will enhance the Second Life experience. (Read more about the device on the wiki-page from where I unashamedly lifted this paragraph!)
This piece of tech is going to be immense when it launches for all kinds of gaming and virtual environments, least of all Second Life, so any interviews with the creators are always met with interest and enthusiasm.
This particular interview however has been met with a substantial amount of dismay from Second Life residents for the way our metaverse is so swiftly dismissed using the same old sweeping statements that we’ve heard so many times before, get ready because you know the kind I mean. “The Underbelly of the internet” is how it’s referred to by Nate Mitchell, a co-founder FFS! For someone behind such a forward-thinking creation as Oculus Rift this statement is alarmingly backwards, and ignorant.
Draxtor has requested that we post comments in support of our virtual world, which I have done but it’s so disappointing and narrow minded to continue to view Second Life in the way it’s mentioned in this article. I am VERY disappoint.
In fact it’s lazy, and borderline offensive offensive for the thousands of avatars who use Second Life for educational, social and recreational purposes. Draxtor’s work alone proves how irresponsible and plain silly Nate’s view is.
Of course many of these individuals will be future patrons of the device. I myself have been determined to get one to use in Second Life since I heard the project announced. I know it won’t be cheap but I want one so badly. I’m not the only person who will be purchasing an Oculus Rift either, something I think the creators need to bear in mind.
Second Lifers have lots of cash to spend as we prove on a regular basis; we should be courted as potential customers rather than looked down upon as perverts of the worst kind.
Read the article and post comments HERE.