THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR -- Mar 16 -- Second Life (4.5 million registered) is "MySpace meets The Matrix" and is beta testing an integrated voice function that could substitute typed exchanges. In the near future members will circle virtual campfires, in photo-realistic avatar form, on a regular basis. Avatars have gone mainstream. Imvu.com already offers avatar-to-avatar chat. DigitalSpace.com creates 3D imaging for clients. FULL ARTICLE @ CS MONITOR
Mark Brooks: Watching a movie helps you escape into the story for a couple of hours. Second Life helps people truly escape, and become the story. There's a real need for this kind of escape. I'm just a little disturbed that there's a real need for this kind of escape. Are we spending a little too much time 'plugged in.'