I felt as giddy as a teenager, I was walking on air.” Second Life certainly holds a great allure to a great many people; around 15 million have become “residents” since it was founded in 2003, and more are joining every day.Exponents insist it’s not a game – there are no rules.Meet Kira, Kira is a platinum blonde, impossibly leggy, with a flawless complexion and an eye-poppingly pneumatic figure.
Companies such as Sony, Ikea, BMW and Coca-Cola also have a presence and Reuters and Sky News have bureaux. But for individuals, a major appeal of Second Life is that it’s like real life, only much much better.
It’s a world where you don’t have to be dumpy, or from Nuneaton, one where your avatar can look like a model, shop for virtual designer shoes and make virtual friends.
Rather, it is a “synthetic world” with shops and cars, theatres and estate agents, where you communicate with others via instant messaging or voice.
It may not be real, but a lot of people take it very seriously indeed: both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama opened campaign offices in this parallel universe.
You can start a new career, own a big house with a pool and, increasingly, fall in love.
But while the house and the heels stay in Second Life, the real people behind the avatars carry their heightened emotions back into their first life - sometimes with devastating consequences for their marriage or relationship.
Have you ever wanted to meet someone from another world?
Yuk Yuk from Mulchden is here and you can chat to him online!
“I had heard Duran Duran were playing a virtual gig and wanted to see them, so when my avatar, Kira, saw Nik, I got her to go up to him and ask if he was Nick Rhodes.
He said, ‘Maybe I am, and maybe I’m not’ and it all started from there.
You can find out about Mulchden and how Yuk Yuk and the other Denlops have been keeping the earth working for everybody for thousands of years.