I have lost track of the number of times over the last few weeks that I have been somewhere in the OpenSim grid and heard someone say “This is like SL in the early days – I love it”. This resonates for me – and I have been thinking about why.
Since my first encounters with OpenSim in 2008 I had understood the vast potential that it offered but my experiences within it were frustrating, silent and lonely. I had little patience with textures that wouldn’t stick, with crashing sims and unresponsive scripts and most of all with the constipated duck waddle of the default female avatar. Second Life offered so much more for me and my teaching in terms of rich content, community and engagement.