This week LL announced their latest feature in SL: ‘ Experience Keys‘. Rather technical and I guess a big step for game developpers in Second Life. I am not a techy and I am not a gamer, so after reading the official announcement..it went way over my head. Yes, lets not forget the only game I am sort of succesful in is Candy Crush on Facebook, so I rest my case. I am not into games in SL.
However, I am very much into seeing what other people create and am always eager to try stuff out. So I went to the brandnew Portal Park and it was a nice surprise. The portal park is a ..well..park…with pretty trees and flowers and on the outside 0f the circle square you will find the ‘portals’ to : social, the wilderness and so on..and: the Corn Field!
It was busy when I got there, which is a good thing, so after everything rezzed for me I choose the Corn Field portal, as I was curious about the Experience Keys they have used in there. I, for one, have always enjoyed the Corn Field when it was open during Halloween – sadly I am with my 7 years in SL too young to remember the real meaning and purpose of the Corn Field.
I arrived at some sort of field, with a barn and a tractor (and many, many other residents) and the actual Portal to the Corn Field is in the barn. When I clicked on the portal I got a pop – up, asking me permission to allow them to do my avatar..stuff. Being a non-gamer and being so confident LL would not embarrass me, I of course clicked YES!
So, I got teleported and upon rezzing it turned out I was kitted out with a basket on my back and a wooden plank with rusty nails in my hand, and a HUD showing me how many lives I had. OK……..but…but…I don’t like gaming and I don’t like all this? Nothing to worry, you end up next to the barn and it seems the real ‘game’ only starts for you when you enter the actual Corn Field.
I did not play the game, I was a coward and just stood there with my basket and plank and took pics of the Corn Field.
If you are into games though, I think this is cool!
For more, have a few minutes and watch the official video on Experience Keys!