Have Your Avatar Talk To My Avatar
turbotodd 100000388Y Visits (1791)
But they continue to grow like wildfire, and now Second Life in particular is looking to get a voice.
At this week's Gartner Symposium ITxpo, one of my personal favorite geekfests, Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale made some news by announcing in his keynote yesterday that Second Life would launch a small beta trial that would allow avatars to have an integrated voice, according to a report from CNET.
Rosedale suggested the incorporation of voice would accelerate using Second Life for holding virtual conference meetings.
Great, now I've got to get a voice for my avatar, along with my rippin' new virtual Matrix suit.
Hmmm....I wonder if I can buy one of those little small voice box distorters. You know, the ones you see in the spy or horror movies so nobody can recognize their voice?
I mean, c'mon, I don't want anyone to know who I am in Second Life! My avatar is my alter ego!
What happens if I run into somebody I know? Might I have to talk to them??
For me, that's always been the whole purpose of Second Life...I wanted to avoid humanity and hide out cloistered in a virtual environment that mimicked a semblance of the real world without having to actually engage in real world activities like conversation!
What's next, my avatar's gonna have to get a job? Which means, in turn, that I have to build him a virtual resume?
What am I supposed to put down for his job history?
Resume: Todd's Avatar
2002-2005 -- Didn't exist. Clueless human owner knew nothing about emerging virtual worlds like Second Life
2006 -- Human owner finally got a clue and I came into existence. Mostly hung out on Orientation Island looking for a clue myself
February 2007 -- Owner bought me some happenin' new virtual threads. Mostly hang out in Virtual Amsterdam trying to master the art of flying and sitting.
Beginning April 2007 -- Owner explained it was time to get a job. Applied to several virtual casinos as a croupier.
Mid-April 2007 -- Thinking about starting blog network inside Second Life...also reconsidering vocational opportunity as a V-DJ, considering the introduction of voice into the Second Life environment.