There is a lot of hype about the communities and personally I find them somewhat creepy. Most people have enough to do with one life and trying to live another 'virtual' life would set my alarm bells a-ringing. Why anyone would want to spend hours acting as someone else, on a computer generated world is totally beyond me and does worry me slightly. However, each to their own, and if it is not costing much then get on with it. click here is a fairly succinct explanation.
i still havnt got my head round 2nd life, im 39 my brother is 10 years older and he is on there evry second of everyday, met his girlfriend on there and many friends has built a city, i just find it hard going and miss the fighting in other games, have played wow for nearly a year, and that has many role playing realms in which everyone takes things very seriously and kick you out of guilds if you use real names etc. i think that is a bit too much! in my guild there is a mom dad and their son who play, all at the same time!! i cant imagine that household has many conversations but each to their own. i do feel these games seem to rob me of something (a life?) but they keep me out of trouble i suppose, i lost my dad some years ago but i can hear his disapproval now! never let me sit in front of the tv when i was young and i dont think he would understand sitting in front of a pc speaking into a headset for 5 hours a healthy active life!
GANDALF <|:-)> means when he says, "There is a lot of hype about the communities and personally I find them somewhat creepy.", but, to be honest, isn't it a bit like this forum, and the feeling that the folk in "cyberland" that we help and "chat to" in speakers corner are our "freinds"
That's not meant as a criticism of the observation, just pointing out a different perspective.