Wednesday, May 2, 2012

"Second Life: The Official Guide"

I love books.  Nowadays, actual books are a little old-school for a tech savvy 24-year-old, but I can't quite get into the eBook thing.  I suppose I enjoy the tactile sensations that come with reading.

(Yes, I bought the book mentioned above.  Yes, I realize that makes me a huge dork.)

Anyways...  Having somehow skipped over Orientation Island and all that, this guide has proven to be a worthwhile read.  It is broken up into parts and chapters, organized in a chronological fashion--the most basic and important stuff is mentioned first.  Although it is over 300 pages long, it's actually a quick read due to the wide margins and numerous full-color photos.  The version I have is a little outdated, but it honestly doesn't make that much of a difference.

I loved learning how Second Life came into existence and seeing what the famous hot-spots were.  Another really helpful chapter explained the overwhelmingly vague Appearance menu, where I learned how to fine-tune my shape.  (I have a free one from Betty Bish.)  Before those hints, I moved the little sliders around randomly, hoping to make myself look decent!

This is what I used to look like--yikes!!

Ugh...not much better here.

Probably the most useful things I've read about so far (I'll keep you updated) are about Animations/Gestures and Inventory.  Learning to use movements really adds to your SL social experience.  I won't get into it, but there are Gestures in your Inventory that you need to activate and practice using.  And the Inventory--you arrive in SL with a whole bunch of useful stuff for free!  You really don't need to buy anything because of all the stuff in there, plus in the Library folders.  Don't overlook it.