La Senda Piña
During the turn of the millennium, MMOSGs would grab the internet by the balls. The amount of choice you had with where you wanted to connect with others survived the DotCOM bubble. Every important internet company had some sort of Avatar based community, 3d chat clients were coming out every year and flash/java based browser clients were used in libraries and internet cafés all over the world. This is the time where the household names made themselves welcome and I am very sure you've heard of the following at least by word of chat:
- Second Life
- Oz Online
But if you look for most of them these days.....
They don't exist anymore.
During the last decade we have lost an enormous chunk of the internet, any of you would know this if you are aware of what happened to Geocities... Another massive chunk of the internet we have lost happens to be tied to the MMOSG genre, as social media became consolidated and increasingly fitted to mobile devices-- the same happened to Virtual Universes across the web. The sites who could afford the platform switch managed to leave unscathed; by using their outdated infrastructure, they can provide their services to the new mobile majority that has uncomfortable data caps imposed on them.
Where does this leave the rest?
Java is no longer viewed as a good platform to host any content with, given that it is a bitch to code with...
Flash has been discontinued by the end of last year... The survivors of this platform have been attempting to provide their services by translating their data into Adobe Air [which isn't an universal platform and heavily relies on corporate infrastructure]...
VR is the new hot piece of tech available, but not everyone owns it as it's cost has been prohibitive for massive public consumption. As a result, people who want to use social services on the platform are limited to only a few options.
2020 was a year of severe isolation for everyone, as we were all trying to not claw at the walls for a way out,,, these services that provided us with connection had been abandoned and could not support the weight of the world trying to keep itself connected. Even though there are video-chat clients and streaming services, there is something empowering about not having to show your face to make your presence be known-- too look however you want and talk with whomever you find is an experience we've been missing for sometime as places of social gathering have been closing their doors WAY before quarantine. It's--
Showing myself for who I am incites threats and harassment from other individuals on the internet instead of the curious dialogues we all used to have.
It's difficult to talk to people when you don't know anyone; when you don't fit in, these clients are at times the only choice available...
So, where do I go now?
None of the surviving clients have evolved enough to satisfy what I am looking for... My hardware is sufficient but mediocre...
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