Sunday, October 21, 2012

2013 HOBBIES: Why few people in Second Life are gamers

Why few people in Second Life are gamers 
  • Games are a kind (subset) of hobby
  • Some people play games in Second Life
  • Many people pursue other kinds of hobbies
  • Someone in Second Life is likely to be a hobbiest
  • Probably not a gamer
Hobbies in Second Life Summary 
hobby is a regular activity or interest that is undertaken for pleasure, typically done during one's leisure time. Examples of hobbies include collecting, creative and artistic pursuits, making, tinkering, sports and adult education. Engaging in a hobby can lead to acquiring substantial skill, knowledge and experience. People also enjoy participating in competitive hobbies such as athletics, hockey, curling, golf, bowling and tennis. -- Wikipedia
Games certainly fit in there.  But so do a lot of other things in Second Life.  For example:
Hobbies, surely.  Games, no. The difference between a hobby and a game?  
  • Game: Somebody sets the goals for you
  • Hobby: You set your own goals
  • Game: Somebody makes the rules for you
  • Hobby: You and reality make your own rules.
Some people in Second Life are running a business.  
  • Renting land to other residents
  • Selling equipment, services, or consumer goods
  • Providing entertainment
Some people in Second Life are professionals
  • Educators
  • Writers
  • Musicians 
  • Social networkers
  • Web site technicians

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