I recently attended the O’Reilly Emerging Technology conference, and there was a very interesting presentation on Second Life and some of the emergent behavior there. I was an intermittent gamer when I was in college, but have never gotten into these more immersive multi-user worlds. I keep thinking I need to take some time and see what is there, both for my own interest, and because professionally I need to keep on top of technology developments like these.
I keep putting this off, because I know that I can’t spend just a night or two there and get any real idea of what is going on, and I really don’t have time to be a regular visitor. I probably need a solid week with no distractions to get established, then I might be able to jump back in occasionally to keep up. So, what I really need is a vacation to Second Life. This originally seemed pretty silly to me, but increasingly it seems like a real idea – just like taking a vacation to a new city to explore it fairly thoroughly. I haven’t scheduled the week yet, but I’m definitely thinking about it.