Second Life marking 10 years next week

Linden Lab's virtual-world online game celebrating 10th anniversary June 23; 36 million have registered to date and spent more than 217,266 years in the world.

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Linden Lab's virtual-world online game Second Life will mark its 10th anniversary on June 23. To celebrate the occasion, the developer has released an infographic detailing player behavior and milestones recorded during the past decade.

Second Life opened to the public on June 23, 2003, and to date, the game's 36 million registered users have spent the equivalent of more than 217,266 years in the virtual world. More than 400,000 new accounts are created per month, Linden Lab said, adding that the game sees 1 million players per month.

Total user-to-user transactions have reached $3.2 billion in virtual currency, while Second Life's total landmass is nearly 700 square miles, or 14 times the size of San Francisco, California.

Users log an average of 1.2 million transactions per day for virtual goods, with the most popular items being women's hairstyles, Linden Lab said. Check out the full infographic below for more.

To celebrate Second Life's 10th anniversary, Linden Lab will make available limited-edition virtual gifts, content, and in-world activities.

"Second Life is a vibrant shared creative space, filled with the creativity and imaginations of its users," said Linden Lab CEO Rod Humble in a statement. "It's impressive for a user-created world to reach ten years of age and more impressive still for it to see a million monthly active users!"

Second Life has become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon. The game was featured in a 2007 episode of The Office and the 1980s band Duran Duran has a permanent residence in the virtual world.

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Discussion

64 comments
Anit-Aeon
Anit-Aeon

" Will they make it to 11?" is the question.

The Aug update to the TOS now claims rights to sell / license the creations of it's Secondlife users. 

At least two popular 3rd party texture suppliers have EXPRESSLY forbidden the upload of their textures into Secondlife has a direct result!

The whole TOS issue has many SL closing their merchant shops and moving to other similar Opensim platforms.

Ok..I admit. SL probably has the capitalization to make it at least one more year. But unless they reverse this TOS I doubt SL will ever become a teenager

noandno
noandno

Ten years of not having life... what does it feel?

bloody_roar_fan
bloody_roar_fan

There really are people who spend so much money on this shit?

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

Tried it once, 10 years ago; never found it appealing, so grey, pointless and lifeless.. Great idea, but the way it was developed wasn't so great; creating content was far too complicated for those who aren't into the designing profession, could have been great if it was a bit more intuitive for the final user. Also the overall animations and load times were really really mood killing. That game was never better than a 5/10 to me. 

iswhatitis
iswhatitis

400,000 thousand new accounts a month, same four people.

farcorners
farcorners

I'd assumed this was no longer going (I never bothered to check). The Second Life plotline in the Office was a hilarious surprise. 

Cashmoney007
Cashmoney007

I am shocked people are still playing this game.  This game was created so men and women did not have to deal with each other in real life?

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

"most popular items being women's hairstyles"

Closely followed by furry outfits and sex animations

vongroove
vongroove

I came here looking for BEAR naked ladies!

WhiteStormy
WhiteStormy

Second Life, the game for people that don't have a first life.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

thumbnail of the year 

a bear asking for a high five... 

Apastron
Apastron

I'd love to see the statistics of how many weddings and divorces the game has caused (mainly the divorces).

Vlad_an_impaler
Vlad_an_impaler

"the most popular items being women's hairstyles"  <THIS.

Hurvl
Hurvl

If this is the epitome of a social, connected game, then I want no part of it. I read some article of it a few years ago,  of what it was like to play Second Life years after its release and the journalist basically repeated what other here have said: furries, perverted stuff, people not wanting to chat or do mostly anything. I also remember that the people there were very shallow and wouldn't want to give anyone any attention unless he had the right appearance, which costs real money to buy. Really worthless, in other words.

Lhomity
Lhomity

They left all of the core statistics for Second Life, like: "Time players spent cybering", and "Number of pedophiles grooming other pedophiles impersonating young children".


SciFiCat
SciFiCat

Second Life recounted by Shawn Elliott:


KratosHump3R
KratosHump3R

10 years of not having a life. Quite the anniversary


Bregzeinkul
Bregzeinkul

The best part of Second Life has always been creating stuff ingame. So how many of you have done that? :P

javalino
javalino

A hype that nobody remember !!!

VarHyid
VarHyid

Wow, this still exists? I've been there once many years ago for a couple of hours, but... meh.

I didn't like it mostly because of the crappy graphics, but I admit, I would love to see a project like this made with really great graphics/physics. Not that I consider visuals as the primary factor, but if a game is supposed to be some kind of "life simulator" then I would expect it to at least try to be realistic as best as it can otherwise... what's the point?

Karchy
Karchy

400.000 new accounts per month LMFAO

Niklasdiver
Niklasdiver

The most fun i had in this game was running around with a group of people waving North Korea flag when Kim Jong Un was dickwaving with his nukes earlier this year.

Otherwhise, weird people, furries, and more weird people in this game.

jyml8582
jyml8582

And 98% of the females in game are dudes irl.

jookiyaya
jookiyaya

I tried Second Life years ago, this girl hooked me up with clothes, hairdos, etc etc, but after an hour of mingling with others, its just very PERVERTED. sheesh, how can you guys even stand this game? So gross..

daabulls23
daabulls23

I tried this once, was instantly confused and weirded out, then never played again.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

after just looking at the bear pic i thought wii u got a new exclusive.. :)

Axelfox98
Axelfox98

@noandno I'm on there myself. At least to me it's better than IMVU. Because on IMVU, you can't even move at all. I feel the reason SL has so much flack is because of the fact that furries are on there. But really we furries aren't hurting anyone. Live and let live. I even remember when the internet first started way back in 1990,that people back then during the time of Compuserve/AOL Dial up internet thought the internet was only for losers,but in 2006,something changed. A lot of people after 2006 started using the internet. So i think a few more years or so,and people's attitudes will probably change.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

@GetafixOz - I probably spent a few hours playing. Honestly, the weirdness is extremely high, but the graphics are an awful glitchy mess.

MasterOfSprites
MasterOfSprites

@Hurvl I met a dude once in that game that wouldn't talk to me because I wasn't wearing a furry suit.  Then he demanded I be banned from the land.  He then started going on about how he had many animal spirits inside of his head.  It was a super strange experience.  Honestly though, for the brief couple of weeks I spent playing it years ago, I don't regret it.  I still laugh at some of the stuff I remember seeing and experiencing in the game.

GetafixOz
GetafixOz

@Hurvl What I have been enjoying the last 5 years or so is the number of NOOB reporters who use second life as their game of choice when they talk about internet gaming, like its some sort of benchmark.

Kalifornia
Kalifornia

@KratosHump3R I was going to make a similar comment but why mess with perfection?  Well played....Kratos FTW.

GetafixOz
GetafixOz

@Bregzeinkul Never played it long enough for item creation. Got solicited by a few guys in raincoats and decided I had come to the wrong place.

6orange6
6orange6

Holds hand up, got some showcase art still in there

MasterOfSprites
MasterOfSprites

@jookiyaya That is what makes it so hilarious.  One time me and my friend stumbled upon this huge fetish dome thing.  This guy walks up to us and goes "Welcome to the Sex Dome!"  We laughed in his face for what must have been 15 minutes.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

@MasterOfSprites @GetafixOz @Hurvl And, I mean the strange side of strange.. Half the time you don't know if you're talking to a bot or a cultist.

MasterOfSprites
MasterOfSprites

@GetafixOz @MasterOfSprites @Hurvl Like, calling this a social simulator is wrong.  I would rather call it...a zoo where you go to observe strange people.  You laugh and stand around in awe, just like in a zoo.