I think the options, the opportunities and just the “cool factor” of Second Life is off the charts.
This is another one that has a lot of potential with the right opportunities for adoption. But I do have one gripe.
I know that it’s a graphics intensive program. I get that. But I tried to start experimenting on my machine at the office (alas…stuck with DIAL UP at home) and I just got frustrated at the graphic performance. So, I dug in a bit deeper on the Second Life site and found that graphics cards with Intel in the name will not work with Second Life.
Then, I checked on Dell’s site for the graphics cards in their laptops and desktops. Guess what I found? Yup, many, if not most of their more “affordable” units, before you jump up to the higher end models are equipped with Intel integrated graphics. I guess it was frustrating to me because that’s where many people are coming from as far as owning a computer goes, and they can’t take advantage of Second Life because of it, or if they don’t want to put in a new graphics card.
For me, the frustration was a bit different. Since I can’t get high-speed at home, upgrading my graphics on my home machine would be like putting lipstick on a boar. Fun, but not very useful. And I can’t really change the graphics capabilities of my machine at the office. So, until I can afford to buy a higher end laptop, I’m out of the Second Life world for a while. Plus, there is a note that wi-fi isn’t really fast enough, so even if I get a high-quality laptop, I’d have nowhere to use it for Second Life.
I would love to see how others are addressing this and if there are any thoughts on the horizon.