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== October 13. 2019: Real life versus Virtual Realty ==
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== October 13, 2019: My Life Inside of Second Life ==
When something call virtual reality exists, it drives us to then question what makes something "real life" ? The obvious thing that comes to mind is that in real life, there are physical things that you can touch. These things that make up real life have some sort of mass and are made of atoms. In VR games such as [[w:Second Life|Second Life]], if your character touches a dog, you are not really touching a dog. In this kind of VR game, the actions that take place are happening because of digital signals being sent between the technologies involved.{{sfn|Dibbell|1998|p=14}}
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This was my first time ever experiencing the game [[w:Second Life|Second Life]]. I have played games similar to it like [[w:The Sims|The Sims]] but it has been a long time since the last time I played. When I first started the game, I had the option to pick out an avatar that was already dressed and could customize it how ever I wanted. When I tried to customize it, I found that there were not many options for the look I was going for in the game. They had one hair style that was close to my hair texture so I just went with that. Navigating the game to customize my character was a little challenging at first but once I started playing more, I was able to edit my character better.  
  
Nowadays technology has become so advanced that things that happen in virtual reality can feel so real that it feels like it is actually happening to you. People that engage with virtual reality games respond emotionally whenever something happens to their characters whether it is something good or bad. {{sfn|Alter|2007}}In the documentary ''You Only Live Twice: Virtual Reality Meets Real World in Second Life'', they showed someone feeling proud when they recieved a compliment from another play and felt bad when they made a mistake in the game. This feeling of taking things personally would explain why the wife of Ric Hoogestraat feels that his relationship with his online wife to be inappropriate. Even though he is not physically involved with his internet wife, the emotions that he feels may be more real than he may realize.  
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Once I felt comfortable navigating my way around the game, I went out to search for any person of group of people to interview. This was also a difficult task since there were so many portals that you could go through to meet people. They had music, role play, gaming, and many more portals that took you to the island that you chose. I went into the new citizens portal. When I entered the the portal, there were many people online and some of them greeted me. Since they were constantly speaking in the chat, I asked if I could interview. Some people answered my questions in the group chat while one other person answered in a private chat. The first question I asked was how they chose their characters. Some people said that they change their clothes everyday just like they would in the real world. Other people in the chat mentioned that they chose their clothes based on what season it was. When I asked how they would change my style, they just gave me some tips on how to change my character. One avatar told me to copy and paste from a library and some helped me in changing the color of my clothes.  
  
The advances in how the internet is utilized is the perfect example of being digital. The future of the internet that Negroponte spoke of is starting to come true. The internet, which started out as a just a library of information, has turned into an outlet were people can carry one social interactions with people whether they know them in real life or not with the help of features such as video chat and social networking cites {{sfn|Avalos|Gilbert|Murphy|2011|p=585}}People are no longer stuck to face to face conversation. Now people have access to people from all over the world and can share their interests with others.
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My final avatar look was inspired by the reasoning one of the characters that said why they picked the clothes they picked. I gave my character long pants and a jacket since the weather outside is getting a little bit cooler. The boots are similar to a pair that I own in real life. I noticed that as I was looking at what to put on my character, I was thinking more of how I could make this character look like me. That was the way that I wanted to approach it and what made me happy. Some people chose to be avatars that were not even human. There were some demon avatars and a fox-looking avatar.
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Screenshot (22).png|First Avatar Style
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Revision as of 01:04, 14 October 2019

October 13, 2019: My Life Inside of Second Life

This was my first time ever experiencing the game Second Life. I have played games similar to it like The Sims but it has been a long time since the last time I played. When I first started the game, I had the option to pick out an avatar that was already dressed and could customize it how ever I wanted. When I tried to customize it, I found that there were not many options for the look I was going for in the game. They had one hair style that was close to my hair texture so I just went with that. Navigating the game to customize my character was a little challenging at first but once I started playing more, I was able to edit my character better.

Once I felt comfortable navigating my way around the game, I went out to search for any person of group of people to interview. This was also a difficult task since there were so many portals that you could go through to meet people. They had music, role play, gaming, and many more portals that took you to the island that you chose. I went into the new citizens portal. When I entered the the portal, there were many people online and some of them greeted me. Since they were constantly speaking in the chat, I asked if I could interview. Some people answered my questions in the group chat while one other person answered in a private chat. The first question I asked was how they chose their characters. Some people said that they change their clothes everyday just like they would in the real world. Other people in the chat mentioned that they chose their clothes based on what season it was. When I asked how they would change my style, they just gave me some tips on how to change my character. One avatar told me to copy and paste from a library and some helped me in changing the color of my clothes.

My final avatar look was inspired by the reasoning one of the characters that said why they picked the clothes they picked. I gave my character long pants and a jacket since the weather outside is getting a little bit cooler. The boots are similar to a pair that I own in real life. I noticed that as I was looking at what to put on my character, I was thinking more of how I could make this character look like me. That was the way that I wanted to approach it and what made me happy. Some people chose to be avatars that were not even human. There were some demon avatars and a fox-looking avatar.