Nope, not going this year. Didn’t go last year. Didn’t go the year before. (Not sure I was in SL the year before that…)
Why don’t I consider going to SLCC, you ask? Easy. I don’t need it.
- I don’t need to go to a live convention to get my social interaction fix. Social interaction is what Second Life is premised upon, at least in part. I can meet with people from all over the world through my SL viewer interface. Yet there’s a desire by some for a live, in-person aspect to achieve a deeper interpersonal dialogue than what SL can offer. I’m fine with the pixel world, but could this motivation speak to an unstated shortcoming of SL…That it doesn’t do enough to facilitate social interaction? That it can’t replace the human interchange? Something to mull over, indeed.
- SLCC also gives Linden Lab a chance to show off the REAL PEOPLE who are behind the oft-clownish avatars for media and industry types. That’s not something that I’m interested in helping on. I already pay them tier.
Now an SLCC that I could get behind would be one that is held inworld. There are inworld convention centers and venues…why not use them to highlight the world that we inhabit? Why not do a Healthcare, Education, Enterprise, Fashion and Music track inworld? It’s fascinating that Linden Lab currently is hyping itself as a replacement for meetings and conventions yet doesn’t promote an inworld component to its biggest convention of the year. None of this “Land Fair” or “Education Fair” stuff…I mean a significant inworld convention where people who care about Second Life can gather and discuss Second Life.
Ah well. To those attending, have a great time. Really. Far be it from me to tell you what to do…I’m just sharing my opinion.
To the rest of us, the ones hanging out inworld, maybe we should consider how a “SLCC” event would work if executed inworld. You know, using the tools that bring us together anyway?