Many of you know that I really enjoy Second Life animals, the non-breeding kind that is, and in first life dogs are my favourite. Well, back in January 2009 I wrote about an SL dog that came running up to my friend and I as if he had his own personality. I thought “I want one” but then visited the creator’s store and learned, to my dismay, that the price tag was almost 8000 lindens. As cool as it was, there was no way I was spending that.
Recently I visited a dog park that sold the Alsatian my friend and I saw back in 2009. He came running over to greet me along with other breeds I liked even more — there was even a wolf! The creators had reduced the prices of the dogs too, selling them for 4800 lindens instead. A considerable cut from 2009, and yet am I just a cheapskate or does that still seem too high?
Don’t get me wrong, I really like the dogs. They interact with their environment and are supposed to have artificial intelligence. In some ways they’re better than my SL dog Pete from Zooby’s (don’t tell Pete), but I can’t in good conscience pay 4800 lindens for a virtual animal even if it’s nearly half of what it used to be. I can’t help but think the owners would do so much more business if they made their prices more competitive.
For now if I want to see the dogs I’ll just go to the dog park. It’s been a while since I’ve been around dogs in first life, so having a group of them run up to me brings back happy memories. Not the same as seeing real ones, of course, but it’s still a fun little fantasy. Let me spend time around animals and I’m happy.
Visit Inworld: VKC Dog Park, Turing Isle