Last time, we listened to a presentation on YouTube and the various problems raised by this website. Today, the subject is as topical as YouTube and we stay on the Web, because we are going to talk about another website called Second Life.Created in 2003 by Linden Lab, it became famous a year ago, when it started to attract the media's attention. Second Life is one of the very popular virtual worlds that you can enter on the Internet. First, I am going to tell you about the world of Second Life and how to live in this simulation; we will then come to the hazards brought about by those who want to take advantage of this virtual community.
According to the banner page of the website, you can find it at www.secondlife.com, which is in four words, "your life, your imagination".
[...] If you are under 18, you can also join “Teen Second which includes safety guarantees given to parents, for example about personal information . Once you have created your avatar, you can start a “second life”. Usually, the first thing to do is to visit the virtual world, to socialize and then, to choose a parcel of land where it is possible for you to settle down. To travel, residents generally go by foot, but they have the ability to use a vehicle, since go-karts and cars are free. [...]
[...] That is why I have given you this article, which comes from the press agency of Second Life, a sub-branch of Reuters (who bought a tower in the middle of Second Life and created avatars of real journalists). It reports the real enquiry led by the FBI in Second Life money economy, and the potential hazards it represents; in fact, since the website enables its residents to change the virtual currency into real money, there can be an impact on the real world. [...]
[...] The very characteristic of Second Life is that there is no aim, nor levels, nor winning strategy. However, the residents can create items, develop products, and sell them; the creators have set up a virtual property system, so there are property rights to protect this market. To allow the residents to create what they want, Linden Lab has designed a 3D modeling tool; with some skills, it is possible for anyone to build objects, buildings, machines, or even landscape. It is even possible for a player to upload in Second Life something he created with software. [...]
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