My experience with the vast world of both gaming and virtual worlds is almost zero. I have played some basic computer games (the most sophisticated being Halo) and am terrible at them. My thumb dexterity is low and my approach is too cerebral and not instinctive enough. By the time I decide what to shoot at and what weapon to use, other players have easily killed me. I have come to the conclusion that the main effect in my playing these games is to enable my children to run up their scores.
I also created an avatar of Second Life but apart from wandering around aimlessly for about ten minutes tops, I have not done anything with it.
But I know that many people spend countless hours playing games with others in virtual worlds and was wondering what those activities were like. So I was intrigued by this account by PJ Vogt about an ‘adventure’ that he had while posing as a woman and playing Grand Theft Auto.
It is a strange virtual world out there.