RL Locations.

Due to my recent involvement with Moonlight University, I have met more italians in SL in the last week than in the past 2 years and a half-and-a-bit. Being able to escape my RL location has always been one of the reasons I love Second Life above all. But i was checking one of my student's profile last wednesday and I got suddenly intrigued by one of the places listed in her pics page. It happens to be a particular location (a beach) in my RL city, and I so wanted to go have a look at the place! Lesson ended and I hit the TP button...here's what i saw:

Now, this is the actual place:

Erm, it doesn't matter if some of you think the pixelled beach looks better than the real one, lol. But i mean...WTF? Is it right to name places in SL after actual RL places and then not even bother to make them look at LEAST somehow similar to reality?
Apart from the palm trees and the black lamps on the seafront walk, nothing looks quite right, really(you might want to click on the RL pic to enlarge it and see what i am talking about). And no, i didn't expect to find the horrible TV antenna in the background but geez, I often used to go check places in the grid just to see what they could look like in RL and this one place here definitely doesn't do a favour to my beloved RL location. GRR!

Instead, here is a good example. The place is Milano Vera in SL compared to actual Milan:

Funny to notice that even the CLOUDS look just the same, lol ;)
And no matter if the guys at Milano Vera decided to build the disco right in the middle of the square, actually i think it would be a great idea to have a disco there in RL too, lol.

I think i 'll go explore places these days, beginning from those places I have already visited in RL(it's a long list), and if i find something funny there i will post it straight away.


5 commenti:

Quaintly Tuqiri said...

Have you seen Mont St Michel in SL? It's very impressive!

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Mont%20Saint%20Michel/107/1/22 (set draw distance high and pan out for full effect)

Banana's Hubby said...

Yes i have been there once and it's beautiful, just like many other "real" places in SL. But now that i remember, the now-gone Parioli Rome SIM happened to be the most popular italian SIM some years ago, and yet it didn't look like Rome at all. Another impressive place you can see is Dubrovnik, Croatia. Go check it out if you want :)

Quaintly Tuqiri said...

Ooooh I had never heard of Dubrovnik *puts it on list of places to visit*

Banana's Hubby said...

ahah the grid is sooo big i am sure it would be an endless journey. Feel free to suggest more places 'cause i've always been obsessed about RL locations in SL. I only wish SL graphics were a lil' better than they are now:(

Quaintly Tuqiri said...

I don't explore a lot, but a friend brought me to 1920s Berlin the other day (or was it 1940s?) and that was pretty cool. Can't think of any others at the moment...