Once my mom understood how easy it was, "it's fine" changed to a "why not?" to a "let's make her better." I suppose it's part of the process of the avatar becoming part of someone, more than customized, part of the identification that makes that graphic representation "me."
Monday, September 1, 2008
It's Fine . . . Oh, We Can Do Better
Today I helped my mother set up a Second Life account, and it was interesting watching her realize the possibilities of SL. At first, it didn't matter to her what her avatar looked like; she chose one of the default ones, a surprisingly (to me) punk musician chick with spiky hair and a mesh shirt. But as we went through the modify appearance menus, she started to get it: she could make this image be anything she wanted it to be. "Happier" mouth, sure, Mom, we can do that. Yes, we can fix her clothes, give her a more professional jacket. Okay, we can change her body.