By sarahelisebeth Brenham
Okay, I have a question. How many of you have ever played the video game Garfield: Caught in the Act, as a child? For those who haven’t, it’s a game where you are the cartoon character Garfield and must guide him through several TV show plots. In a lot of ways, this game reminds me of Second Life.
How? SL is a venue for many to do and be things they can’t in any other environment. But the difference between that game and Second Life, is that SL is played by many people at once, whereas video games are typically only played by a maximum of four people at one time.
So, if you are someone that chooses to use Second Life primarily as a vehicle to live out some dreams that you didn’t think you’d ever have the opportunity to, does this mean that you abandon your true personality and interests in order to create a whole new persona for the purpose of fulfilling those buried aspirations? If so, does the interaction of people make it more or less difficult to keep your real psyche hidden? I’d like to introduce you to a woman who I feel answers all of these questions.
Ninette SecretSpy first learned about and entered SL in 2008. Her first few months of Second Life were filled with moments of exploration and ponderings. You see, those who are new to Second Life are overwhelmed with the possibilities and open ended-ness that it provides. This is especially true for individuals who come from a gaming background, such as Ms. SecretSpy does.
She calls herself LuLu. After LuLu began to settle into SL, she began to take full advantage of it! The first SL activities that LuLu explored were role-playing and combat fighting. She had the chance to try many different types of combat fighting and role-playing situations before deciding on Gor, which she still participates in today. For those who are unfamiliar with Gor, it’s a lifestyle/roleplay scenario based upon a book series by John Norman. The novels talk about a fictional planet wherein male inhabitants rule female ones.
When LuLu felt the need to expand her horizons outside of Gor, she ventured into designing, modelling and dancing. Why those specific pastimes? Well, she chose to pursue creating clothing, mostly costumes, on Second Life, as her career in Real Life is of a fashion designer of ladies’ lingerie.
As far as dancing goes, she explained to me that one day she learned that cabaret existed in SL, which is an interest of hers in RL, and as they say the rest is history. And as for modelling, she got into it because her SL parents own an agency. “I do lingerie appliers too, but well second life is fantasy, why repeating what you can do in real life?”
“Dancing in Second Life is something I do a lot, but then I discovered there was cabaret, after I did put some applications in some, one day I did land in Empire Room. Looking around, I discovered the golden statue of the best SL dancer, I did contact her and I am happy to say that I found the most generous person in here with a golden heart: BabyPea! She is the one that did help me and teach me how to dance. Amazing Paul did offer me the opportunity to be part of his cabaret, and I found there a great and talented team that makes me improve each show and push my limits over and over.”
So, based upon Ninette SecretSpy’s endeavors in SL, it’s clear to me that most people can’t totally have two separate personalities, as the one thing that binds them can’t be divided: the heart.