Well you can, and it’s free to join, set up, create and play!
Set-up a virtual life and/or business with Second Life
Although Second Life is an online virtual world, it has a real life economy. Ailin Graef, aka Anshe Chung, was famously the first person to become a millionaire through Second Life. Its currency, the Linden dollar, can be exchanged at a rate of about 350 Linden dollars (L$) to €1, exchange rates vary. If you have loads of spare time this could be a fun way to make some extra cash.
While some players are enjoying making a lot of money from the game, you will have to work equally as hard in Second Life as you would in real life to gain the rewards. It’s certainly not a get rich quick scenario.
In the virtual world known as Second Life, you trade property and land, create fashion, set up stores or anything else you can imagine. Founded by Linden Labs, Second Life has experienced phenomenal growth. The ‘in world economy’ of Second Life grew 94% between 2008 and 2009 and by the end of 2011 the equivalent value of all money held by users stood at $29.3 million.
You choose exactly how you want to make or spend your cash; you can even get paid to do nothing! For example some shop owners will offer you money to simply sit outside their store in the knowledge that your presence may well attract others, crowds mean customers for them!
Designing clothing is a popular way of making money, but you can create just about anything your imagination can conjure and sell it on or just use for your own enjoyment.
For the over 18’s there are plenty more jobs than the regular 9-5’s that you can do for money – use your imagination! Under 18’s use a separate grid so they are not exposed to the more adult themes, there are also security measures in place to ensure adults cannot pose as children or teens – but I’m sure there are means and ways around this if a person was determined enough, so as with any other online activity keep yourself and your personal details private.
The virtual players interact with each other via avatars, you personalise your avatar so it is totally unique to you. You can replicate your own real life features or become anyone or anything you desire; you don’t even have to be human.
Second Life is a virtual space inhabited by tens of thousands of individuals from all walks of life. All content is user-created through the game’s built-in software. The possibilities are endless, and there is always something different to see and do.
In Second Life, you can talk to anyone in your area, in the same way you would in a chat room. People often become friends and will meet at the same place and time every evening to chat.
The pubs and clubs play real music and the DJ’s have even been known to take requests!
So if any of this has sounded like your kind of fun, head over to the Second Life site and give it a go. It’s free!