(I’ve broken this post into two parts due to its length.)
Being someone who studies human behaviour I have noticed a trend within the past few months in SecondLife that is intriguing whilst at the same time disappointing.
With so many weekly, monthly and bi-monthly events happening never before has there been so many new items consistently being released onto the grid. Like many I am an active participant in these events, I love buying something new and feeling fashionable even if my bank balance groans as I hit the teleport.
It is easy to get caught up with the enthusiasm and hype and suddenly what you bought last month is forgotten as you snap up the newest release.
Recently Truth hair held a sale which left the sim full for nearly three weeks. Whilst people moaned at not being able to shop others were proudly smug as they wandered about in their new truth hair.
June 1st saw The Arcade event open and again we see the sim constantly full as people rush to participate. It is fantastic to see such support for these events as it ensures they continue to happen whilst encouraging others to start.
However, part of the enjoyment for me of The Arcade event is to see the lights flash, hear the machines ding and enjoy the carnival atmosphere. I am bewildered by the whole idea of the cam shop from a boat on a nearby sim just so you can have the item “now”. It looses the whole effect of The Arcade to me and I don’t understand the rush and panic when these items aren’t limited editions, don’t have a sell out limit and are in place till the end of the month.
Is it becoming a race about who has what and how quickly one can obtain the “in” item and show it off? Where will we go as a community if we become purely about satisfying our wants immediately, neglecting the other factors that bring enjoyment such as the venue design and atmosphere. If we continue on this path will we end up with just giant yard sale type events in the future?