I dash off to a shopping mall, listed as one of the most popular sites in the game, and yet it’s only me perusing the countless fashion stores.Admittedly, it’s noon on Saturday in Britain – making it an indecent hour for Second Life’s US-oriented audience – but finding people was never this hard back in 2006.
Before this can be answered, it is first vital to understand what lag exactly, so please refer to this page for an explanation of the 3 forms of lag.
If you find yourself being badly lagged, there are things you can do to reduce the effects of two of the three types: client and network.
Second Life has seen its status as the web wonderchild supplanted by Facebook and Twitter. On my first visit back in 2006, I couldn’t walk through the training level without clumsily bumping into the throng of fellow newbies.
The newspapers have forgotten about it, the Reuters correspondent has long since cleared his virtual desk, and you can walk confidently around tech trade shows without a ponytailed “Web 2.0 Consultant” offering to put your company on the Second Life map for the price of a company car. Have the hundreds of thousands of registered players logged off and found a real life? And what’s become of the extroverts, entrepreneurs and evangelists I encountered on my first visit? Now, there’s enough room to swing the contents of Noah’s ark, let alone a cat.
I decide to seek out Second Life’s tourist hotspots, using the game’s search engine as my guide.
I check out an amazing Gothic castle, which must have taken someone half a real life to painstakingly cobble together, but I’m the only one admiring the architecture.I’m suddenly aware of French accents seeping from my laptop’s speakers.It takes me a few minutes to realise what’s going on.Also, they are not given in order: in different situations, some will be preferable solutions than others.These things will reduce the “quality” of your SL experience, but they may be required if you find that your movement is badly impaired by client side lag.I walk and then fly around the landscape for ten minutes or so, but can’t find a single soul to shoot the breeze with.