MMO Challenge: Does Second Life Have the Most Realistic Avatars of Any Online World?
Left, an avatar from Electronic Arts' MMO Secret; right, an avatar from Second Life
I was recently chatting with another former Linden Lab staffer, and we got to talking about what advantages Second Life still has over other online worlds. He brought up one which hadn't occured to me: "Second Life," he asserted, "has the most realistic avatars." At first I suggested Eve Online's avatar customization system was better than SL's, but as I understand it, Eve's avatars are just represented as single screenshots, not fully animated, and unable to interact with other user-controlled avatars. I thought something similar playing Skyrim, which as a single-player game, you'd think would have more realistic avatars -- but no, Skyrim, while a great game, has characters that look blocky, and sculpted. I'm even more hard-pressed to think of another MMO that can compete with Second Life on these terms; then again, there are a lot of MMOs out there, so maybe I'm missing a counter-example. So let me put the challenge to my readers:
What fully interactive MMO avatars are the most realistic, in terms of physical details, facial expressions, and characteristic diversity?
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