Well I’m back after a an unintentional SL break. The short version; Real Life happened… that’s about the sum of it. Private affairs and all that. Move along, mind the gap there’s nothing to see here.
So because I had a long unannounced break, I have had different reactions from people on my return to the grid. For me, SL has always been a place to stretch my intellectual wings in conversation with other smart people. I know that some of you may laugh at that, but then you’re probably one of the intellectual people I’ve spoken to in the first place. If you’re reading this because you had a poke around in my profile and saw the link to my blog I say, welcome new reader!
It seems that I’m, according to one friend an alternate avatar (or Alt) of one of her former paramours. So I would like to go on record here to say, “I’m not an Alt.” (I did that with my best Richard Nixon voice. Thanks for the memories Dicky!). I think what pains me most about this is that this person would rather be paranoid and assume I’m an alt, than sitting down and talking to me, allowing myself to explain what really happened. Instead, they’ve made up their mind and I’m guilty without my say. It leaves me feeling puzzled, somewhat frustrated from trying to defend myself and I’m at the point where I’m going to wash my hands of it and move on. I considered them someone that was fun to be with and a pretty good friend at the time of my leaving. It’s kind of sad to think that SL can breed such mistrust in people.
This opens up a wider question for me. What kind of person runs around on alts to continue to harass and be in a relationship with someone else? What’s done is done. Move on, you’ll feel better I’m sure if you just close that door. Is it to get back at the other person? It’s all rather childish really. There’s a reason you and the other person are exes. Quit kicking dead bunnies and move on.
Alts are also used frequently to live alternate SLs. By this I mean,people create an alt to sneak around behind the back of the people whom they spend time with their main avatar on usually for carnal reasons. The funny thing is, the alt looks identical to the main, the profile is exactly the same and their speech patterns are of course their speech patterns. In short, they really aren’t fooling anyone. It’s like watching Erik The Viking run around with the Robe of Invisibility on that only works on old men. “You can’t see me!” Oh yes we can. Sooner or later they get found out and then it’s like our good friend Shaggy, “It wasn’t me….”. Really, people aren’t as stupid as you think.
There are times when alts are useful. Major business owners in SL may not want to wander around certain places on their Face avatar. I get that. I think in this case it’s a good use of an alt, so long as they aren’t trying to live the alternate life thing in which case, shame on them!
Alts. They are a part of SL’s everyday culture. Suffice to say I have no use for them. I’m neither a business owner, or looking to get some behind my partner’s back. I don’t have a partner to begin with, so the point would be kind of moot. It would be my greatest hope that people would stop using alts and hurting others, but I know that’s wishful thinking. Personally, I’m just going to take SL at face value. The person I’m talking to at that moment is the really them. Most people are and for those few that aren’t, I’m sure you have your reasons.