My friend Newbe Writer (pictured here) told me recently that he is packing it up and leaving SL. I am so very sad about this and it's something he talks more about in his blog HERE. The RL reasons I totally absolutely get and understand, but to me his feeling of somehow "failing" is what struck me the most among his reasons for leaving.
Let's face it, SL's been broken for a while now, and for scripters like him and Kheph (who is also talking about leaving as well...c'mon guys, nooooo) it seems like a touch of hell for them. I've always been an explorer-type, content with roaming the world, learning new things, maintaining my design shops or talking with friends. They are happy being lost in just their scripting for hours, so when their scripts constantly break or they are unable to do so, their "ARRGH" factor is pretty big.
But back to the "failure." Newbe is such a talented scripter and creator, yet he feels he was unsuccessful inworld. After we talked, I thought more about that. LL's acquisition seriously affects him as he had all products listed on OnRez and extensively used their vendors--especially in his smaller satellite shops. OnRez's phasing out has screwed his business operations and will ruin his expenditures to sales ratio. His furniture, clocks, glasses and liquor products are well-scripted and beautifully made, yet he still feels he has failed. It reminds me that we all view our SL and the dreams we have while in it differently. What exactly constitutes failure in our world?
I'm so sorry Newbe...thank you for everything you've done for me as such a good friend and I'm so glad to have known you. You didn't fail. Your SL failed you.