Well, I’m one of those people who came across from SL, hoping that HiFi will eventually bring something better. I’ve seen too many BAD things happen in or related to SL due to their being a walled-garden. And some other bad things about how SL evolved, societally that I’m hoping come about different in HiFi due to its decentralized nature. There is unfortunately way too much abuse-of-power stuff that comes about because of the walled garden approach SL took. Hopefully we can influence the new, coming metaverse away from where that sort of abuse of power is even possible.
Anyway, on SL I’m one of those kid-av types, the sort who have connected back up with their inner kid and gotten playful with both their virtual life and with their outlook on the universe. Note that this does NOT mean that I’m roll playing. I can be dead serious when I need to be.
In any event, I had been looking at HiFi from the outside for some months, figuring I’d eventually join it when it went open to the public in a year or two, or maybe when it went beta… One day, I was hanging at The Vortex (one of the oldest music clubs in SL, and THE oldest of the ones that is oriented towards kid-avs) like I do fairly often (I live next door to it, actually ), and one of the other regulars there is also someone who had already been in HiFi for awhile, and is someone I’ve known for awhile, Richardus Raymaker.
Richard said something like “I haven’t seen you at the weekly HiFi meetings lately, where have you been?”
And I’m like, “Uhm… I don’t have an account.”
And he said something like “Hmmmm… strange… I thought you did… It’s the sort of palce I figured you would be, anyway.” And then he went on to tell me what page to go to to click to request an account, and what to say in the request, and who to email to get it processed through more readily, and what to say there. That must have been a couple years ago now, how time does fly.
This was also some months before they opened it to whoever wanted to get an account, so that basically anyone who went to the account-request page got issued an account. Since then I’ve pretty much stuck to this forum like glue, and been to the vast majority of Friday meetings, while also watching features come and go, and sometimes come back again. It’s been a wild ride at some points.
Anyway, I’d like to think I’ve influenced things for the better, largely by being here, and from holding firm to my own beliefs while occasionally giving discussions a slight nudge in the direction I figured they needed to be going, based on where I think the metaverse needs to be when it gets here.
Welcome to all the new Betas coming in the door, now that they’re throwing the doors wide open and taken them off the hinges.