Since the first pixels emerged, so much has changed in Second Life. The changes, positive or negative, inevitably bring something new. This creates the need for adaptation and causes a great impact on us because, in most cases, we cannot interfere with them.
Many people resist change for several reasons. These reasons may be related to a lack of confidence in the ability of adaptation that we can have.
Breaking into the unknown can force us out of our comfort zone and while it may seem uncertain and even uncomfortable, it opens up the opportunity to learn new things and for us to grow. However, it is precisely because of the uncertainty of the unknown that many end up resisting the changes.
There was a huge hullabaloo when the powers that be introduced mesh into Second Life, but now it is de rigueur. Mesh bodies have arrived and soon a multitude of mesh heads and applicators will also be available. Many residents found themselves struggling to adapt to the new HUD systems. Granted they can be confusing for many of us. As a result a number of people still resist change and continue to look as if they were back in 2007. However, this is a trend that is here to stay and most of us have adapted very well to it.
Are the changes in SL really that drastic?
Mesh definitely revolutionized the way we present our avatars Inworld. It offers more options to residents for custom creations.
As Second Life defiantly approaches its second decade, we have seen many projects emerge from Linden Lab and there will be more to come. The big push for this year is Project Bento. For those who are not aware of Project Bento, it’s to add ‘bones’ to our Second Life Avatar skeleton. It will allow greater customization of our avatars. We will more than likely see other new projects emerge in the second half of 2016. The nature of innovations is such that they pop up on a continuous basis. If you want to know more about this subject, SL Enquirer published an article about Project Bento:
Linden Lab, also announced the Sansar Project, which is in beta testing. This is a new platform, created from the experiences gained in Second Life but that promises to make it easier for people to create and share their creations. The SL Enquirer also published an article on this subject:
The ability to accept, adapt and transform change into opportunity is what enables us to succeed not only in Second Life but also in various aspects of our actual lives. So let's look forward to seeing the best of the changes to come.
Images taken from the official Linden Lab websites