My optimism over the future of the Human race took a serious nosedive today, when I’m made aware of a discussion amongs work colleauges, on the blurring of realities for another worker, who seems to think Second Life blurs the edges, into this first life. Said person is married and currently partnering a pregnancy term, in this virtual world. Assuming all information is at least in the ballpark of the original conversation, this person also proceeded to describe Second Life, as a place where you can do everything you can, in real life. Let me say that again: everything you can do in real life. Without shooting the obvious responses in covering the remaining senses, I’m dumbstruck as to why someone would want to replace this existence with a virtual one.
Having worked at Nintendo, been an avid gamer, a VR fan and being in ownership of an escapist mind, you’d think I could comprehend the reasoning behind such laudable conversation enders. I’ve had people tell me how they can relate WoW to real life, but never (until now) heard how someone can limit life to a digital medium, and consider it an adequate replacement (at least on a worrying level, of consideration). Continue reading