Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Unitarian Universalists in 'Second Life' video game.
For the true geeks out there, here are some links to Unitarian Universalist places and events in the make-your-own-reality video game "Second Life." A character named Bizarre Berry is offering an Intro to Unitarian Universalism this Thursday; another character named UU Guru offered a film featuring UU young adults back in September; and someone has built a UU sanctuary — photo here — which I assume is where these events take place.
Never heard of "Second Life"? Here's a Business Week cover story about the phenomenon. (There's a booming economy inside "Second Life" with real-world effects.) Confession: I've learned about "Second Life" entirely through so-called dead tree media and haven't played the game. Who has the time? Rob Walker wrote about it for the New York Times Magazine last month and just last week Matt Gross wrote a travel column about it, complete with housing and dining tips! Atlantic Monthly subscribers will also be interested in Jonathan Rauch's long article about the future of video games: he's looking for the emergence of fine art in the genre.
("My virtual life," Business Week 5.1.06; "Selling to avatars," Rob Walker, New York Times Magazine 10.1.06, reg req'd; "It's my (virtual) world and welcome to it!," Matt Gross, New York Times 11.3.06, reg req'd; "Sex, lies, and videogames," Jonathan Rauch, Atlantic Monthly 11.06, sub req'd)
Update 11.19.06: Oh, yes, see also the first — and very excellent — article I read about "Second Life": "Does your life suck?" (Camille Dodero, Boston Phoenix 7.17.06).
Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 15 November 2006 at 7:28 AM