Second Life is a world populated and dominated by humans or humanoids avatars. The animal world is not very well represented, they are most of the time objects, at the best with good animations. Very few people actually chooses an animal as an avatar, I can understand why … it is definitely a different way to play, the roleplay is probably a lot less interesting too. Well maybe not less interesting, but definitely harder to make it good, and enjoy it.
Still I met a dog and befriended him: his name is Jaari and he interacts by emoting only, which is definitely where the difficulty is. It is really a different experience, and I am quite impressed by what he can achieve without directly talking. It is definitely something for very skilled roleplayers.
I am not an expert but I think he is a Doberman Pinscher. The dog avatar itself is very realistic, walking on all four with nice animations. I am always amazed by what Second Life builders can achieve. He is actually quite impressive, I am sure nobody would dare to approach me if I give him a walk.
We will probably meet again, I am thinking of bringing him in one of my next dares … it will keep the stalkers at a distance !!
What about you? Do you have unexpected or original avatars in your friend list? Tell us about them, it’s all about sharing the diversity of SecondLife.