Second Life is officially a game, and a skill game at that: Linden Lab's new Horizons Experience on the mainland comes with a residential area, and a series of adventure games:
This 5 quest storyline takes you through various challenges laid out by the evil Dr. Talpa. Everything from vicious splorches, killer robots, laser defense systems, the terrifying pet Fluffy, all the way to hidden traps, mazes, puzzles and more! Residents will have to use the provided weapons to defeat menacing foes, while taking on other elements with their own wit.
Looks like fun (video below). The most interesting hook (which you can see in the wiki) is it appears like prizes include Linden Dollars (see screengrab above), which can then be sold and converted into real money. So play Second Life, win real money. This is an expansion of the skill games area Linden Lab launched last Summer. Assuming they can market it to the outside world well, this may actually bring in some new players. Though according to Blogging SL, new players can't just automatically grab themselves L$:
There are prizes to be won (not so great from my point of view, especially for adults) as well as ‘random’ money rewards. But not everyone can win the money. There are some hoops to make your way through if you want those lindens in your pockets.
So these games are also a way to get more players to attach their credit card or another payment method to their account. Well played, LL.
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