I’m usually weary of a viewer that claims to be better than then Linden Lab’s. Alternative viewers usually claim improvements but seem to be very similar versions of the official Second Life™ viewer. However, when Hamlet drools over something it’s worth taking a look at, in this case it was Kirstenlee Cinquetti’s new Second Life Viewer dubbed "Kirstens Viewer". After a solid weeks use, Kirstens Viewer boasts significant improvements and features, making it a worthwhile alternative.
On Thursday, September 25, 2008, I saw Second Skin at a screening at The Calhoun School in New York City and was quite impressed. Second Skin is an honest and real look into the lives individuals whom are actively engaged in MMORPG’s, i.e. ‘Gamers’. The film, however, is not an all inclusive look of those in virtual spaces focusing heavily on gamers especially those involved with World of Warcraft, and Everquest. There are brief mentions of non-MMOG platforms such as Second Life, but not the core of the film. In reality Second Skin is a starting point in the discussion of MMOG’s by exploring the many aspects of gamers and their involvement in these worlds.