Wednesday, 28 November 2007

How Different Cultures Translate to Second Life

This area is a massive complex of Japanese inspired culture.

Second Life has specifically rich Japanese culture, and the strong electronic visual culture of modern Japan translates well in to Second Life.

One wonders if certain culture forms will be selected by the environment of Virtual Reality. Since Gibson’s Neuromancers and Blade Runner Japan has major role in our imagining of the future. Anyone who has been to Tokyo is often struck by the fact that it looks like the future, and the massive electronic signs and graphic communications of Tokyo translate well in to Second Life.

On the other hand the European communities I have been have been mostly disappointing. European Culture is perhaps more based on written word and less on graphic images, and translates less effectively to modern virtual reality.
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