Second Life is starting to receive some positive press again. As we already know, Second Life is staying alive and now Business Insider Australia are informing us that : Second Life was 13 years early to virtual reality — and it’s getting ready to try again. The trying again part may come as a surprise to those of us who haven’t seen it go away but let’s not quibble, the article is another positive one.
The media may have felt Second Life went away and became a place where nobody knows your name, but the reality has been quite different and this is something that the media are actually starting to notice, as The Business Insider article by Matt Weinberger points out :
Second Life hasn’t gone anywhere. With 900,000 active users a month, who get payouts of $US60 million in real world money every year, and a virtual economy that has more than $US500 million in GDP every year, Second Life is still a world of opportunity.
There are two big reasons for renewed interest in Second Life, one is the virtual reality hype currently going full tilt and the other is Linden Lab’s nextgen virtual world, which is making noises before anyone outside of Linden Lab has really seen it.
The Business Insider article touches upon both of these issues, pointing out that with the likes of Facebook, HTC and Sony dipping their toes into the VR market, Second Life’s time may have come at last. Although the article does suggest that VR is more likely to embrace the nextgen world, rather than Second Life itself. However that’s not to say that the article dismisses Second Life as old technology completely.