|Eden's Lair Inworldz|
Virtual worlds have a great deal of freedom associated with them, especially places like Inworldz where most people leave their doors open to visitors, even when they are not at home. Most new residents will enjoy hopping from place to place looking at everything, but whereas in the real world those places available to visitors are all public spaces, like parks and shopping malls, most of the area in virtual space is given over to residential sims.
So new users are effectively doing the real world equivalent of running around in people's gardens most of the time (don't panic, this is ok, residents like showing off their builds!) As you can imagine, a sim owned by one or two users will be empty much of the day.
|Oak Harbour, JP Designs, Inworldz|
Ah yes Raspberry (I hear you say) but I went to a shop and nobody was there, and a shop isn't somebody's home! You are right, but unlike in real life, a commercial venue isn't really a social space. Avatars tend to dash in, get what they want and leave. You may see them, they will probably be friendly, but most likely you just missed them.
So where do I find the people then?? I hear you ask. I don't see people walking about, there's no work commute here, so no traffic queues or transport stations, no schools, so I don't see parents at the gate, help!
|Under the Black Powder Sea - Inworldz|
So it's hopeless then, I'm doomed to wander alone like a lost spirit? Not at all, it's much better than that! Virtual space acts as a filter. How do you mean? Well do you talk to everyone who walks past in the main street of your town? Of course not, why would I do that? Exactly, the empty spaces are empty, because of all the people that aren't here. Wut? Consider the gas station attendants as an example. Pardon?
|Clare Island - Inworldz|
It would be ridiculous! Yes it would. Hang on, so what you are saying is, there aren't as many people, but everyone I do meet is actually here! Now you've got me confused. They're here because they want to be here, in their leisure time. Virtual reality takes away all those people you don't really want to talk to , or who aren't actually available anyway so it's actually a time saver! Exactly, now you are getting it!
..and how do I meet them then? Aha, that's a whole new blog I think! Oh what??