If you're a fan of Ready Player One, Ernest Cline's acclaimed novel about future virtual worlds and other cyberpunk goodness, you can click here to visit a Second Life recreation of The Chatroom, a key setting for the novel. It was built by an SLer named Baldtraveller Shan, and it impressed Ernest Cline himself so much, Cline says of it: "I haven’t logged on to Second Life in many moons, but this may lure me back. It looks like a really fun place to hang with your peeps and play some Discs of Tron." (Sounds like Cline visited SL as research for Ready Player, which wouldn't be a surprise.)
If you haven't read the novel yet, let Mr. Traveler explain the significance of the setting:
"In the book there is a character named Aech," he tells me. "Pronounced like the letter H. In the virtual world called The Oases, which is much like Second Life. (But fixed.) Aech had a virtual area called The Chatroom. It was a hangout/private place designed like a basement of a house in the 80’s. It is here that Aech and his friends would meet chat and generally hang out."
Click to teleport and hang out, and who knows, you may meet a savvy avatar there who might be the author who originally imagined this place.
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