When news broke that the official Second Life viewer now boasted the new Bento technology for enhanced avatar skeletons, I speculated that SLers would finally show some interest in downloading Linden Lab's viewer. (Instead of Firestorm or another third party viewer, which are much more popular with them, almost all of which still haven't integrated Bento.) In fact, I added a giant link to the official viewer download, because I was curious how many readers would rush to get it.
It's always interesting to hear what people with no prior background in virtual worlds make of their first experiences in one, and this student does just that. It's for a University of Calgary sociology class on "Cyber Deviations", but as you'll hear around 9:30, the student ends up learning about herself offline, too:
"Second Life taught me that I'm constantly putting up an act and playing this role of the person I want people to see me as... maybe I just need to be more of myself."
Which is a pretty profound thing to learn while fiddling about with a 3D avatar. (Though longtime MMOers won't be surprised by this realization in the least.)
Here's part two of the student's recounting of her virtual world experience, where she roleplays with a male avatar:
Linden Lab is proud to announce that Project Bento is now part of the default viewer. Bento is probably the single most extensive update to the avatar skeleton ever, and as a result of countless hours of testing, updating, reconfiguring, testing... you get the picture, we are now live!
We've seen what the new Bento extended skeletons can do to a human avatar head, now witness them in action inside an elephant avatar. Actually two skeletons in this case, since one of them is used to articulate the fricking trunk!
Some belated and eerily on-point Halloween-in-Second Life cosplay to start Tuesday, brought to you by Strawberry Singh: Hannibal Lecter (the Mads Mikkelsen version) stalking Sherlock Holmes (the Benedict Cumberbatch edition). And yes, there's a Cumberbatch/Holmes avatar in Second Life to go with the recreation of Holmes' home, owned by Darius Godric -- look: