7. Potential

Everyone has an opinion on where the virtual world technology is heading. It will always increase realism, rendering, and interface ease. Each improvement makes the cyber space operate faster, become easier to learn, and more visually detailed. Although avatars still appear rather cartoon-like, photos of the landscapes and constructions can be hard to distinguish from the real! Contributors project on where the technology is going, investing in each upgrade and criticizing each development, while they make them work.

Sim Street Journal: Immersive Impact

7. PotentialThe virtual world evolution has a collective momentum and a direction.

Even though the virtual world changes fast, long-term investments can pay off if they are flexible. Most of the contributors have between three and ten years of experience in Second Life®. They have gone through the “newbie” phase of discovery and experimenting. They have committed to their chosen paths. So they believe in the potential of virtual worlds to have a positive influence on real life. Most wish they could make a full-time career there, and a small percentage do. In every case, there is a time commitment to create something greater with ideas. There is always a desire to interact with others that also have ideas. There is no end to explorations in such a large virtual society.

Sim Street Journal scratches the surface of the creative entrepreneurial experience. Other publications cover the educational, scientific, philanthropic, and role play uses. These highlight the strength of applied simulation. Then there are the expanded service business applications for training, demonstration, presentation, and customer service. SSJ has touched on the progress of these other areas in the issues—they reside in the hands of pioneering individuals with limited reach. So, SSJ finds a more developed society of creative individuals versus a real life organization opening a sim and running a few experiments with it. The creative exchange can be even more inspiring than in real life where politics, obligation, and economics are always factors.

“The core of this place is to bring art and music together. I love artistic expression, to find the talent, and to invite artists that will fit. Then I tweak the venue to best showcase it.”

—Lisa Witt (Jasmine Oalaya)
Sim Street Journal #16

“We want the artists who play or show with us to be as successful as possible. And we want those who come to have as much access as they can. We bring art to the audience, and the audience to the artists.”

—Ian Witt (Ian McConach)
Sim Street Journal #16

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Back to introduction for Unifying Themes.
Click here for 8. Advice in the series.

These are more thoughts on the themes that tie all the articles of eighteen issues together. To experience the hybrid publication, “Immersive Impact: The Best of SSJ #1–18” Collection, you will need an account in SL. Reading this online collection is about the best introduction to the virtual world that you can find. “Portal to Possibilities” gives an overview of the overviews!

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Please see the INDEX for all contributors and articles.
(All in-world issues are available on MARKETPLACE).


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INDEX for all contributors and articles
Sim Street Journal #1: Virtual Reveals Real
Sim Street Journal #2: The Old in the New
Sim Street Journal #3: Magicians of Meaning
Sim Street Journal #4: Telling Stories
Sim Street Journal #5: Champions of Expression
Sim Street Journal #6: Overlapping Realities
Sim Street Journal #7: Luck Created
Sim Street Journal #8: Facing the Inevitable
Sim Street Journal #9: Motivated Learning
Sim Street Journal #10: Serious Fun
Sim Street Journal #11: Fantasy Fulfillment
Sim Street Journal #12: Insights from Extremes
Sim Street Journal #13: Bridging Boundaries
Sim Street Journal #14Realities Blend
Sim Street Journal #15: Creative Collaborations
Sim Street Journal #16: Visual Music
Sim Street Journal #17Retrospective Tribute to Visual Leadership
Sim Street Journal #18Capture Time

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