Sleeping Avatar (2008)

Second Life Avatar XG


Is this a game ? Or is Second Life an extension of that olde cliche "All the world's a stage,..." ?

Second Life clearly has modes of play - luden, a vehicle for imaginary escape similar to immersion in a novel or the dark womb of a theatre. Importantly we should perhaps ask - What is behind the desire of millions of people to escape the mundane and pursue another life in a world made of pixels?

Left unnattended an avatar falls asleep on it's feet, demonstrating that behind every avatar is a human being with real world neeeds and the real keys to interactive immersion are the familiar interpersonal actions of real life - pausing, sitting and engaging in conversation with others.