There aren’t enough quasi realistic urban experiences in Second Life™, if you ask me. And if you don’t ask me, I’ll tell you anyway. On the one hand it’s of course very liberating that your avatar and everything else in SL can be as far removed from reality as you want it to be, on the other hand I think it would be nice if there were more sims that give people a good virtual experience of certain real life cities. For example, I couldn’t find anything related to Stockholm at all. Feel free to let me know in the comments if you know of such a sim. In my search for Stockholm, I stumbled across Skrunda-3, the latest Second Life iteration of the abandoned Soviet military town known as Skrunda-1 in Latvia. It made me realise that SL does ghost towns and anything that feels somewhat dystopian rather well. I don’t know if that means many SL residents have a very bleak view of the future, or if they see the photogenetic beauty and romance in a ghost town.
For someone like me, who’s particularly good at aimless wandering, Skrunda-3 has a lot to offer. Crumbling industrial buildings to snoop around in, high constructions to climb for a better view of the place and an overal voyeuristic sense of looking into people’s (past) lives. I can’t make up my mind if there would be something slightly obscene about visiting the real life town. On the one hand there’s nothing wrong in taking an interest in fairly recent history, on the other hand it maybe is too recent to already look at the abandoned houses and poor little possessions as a tourist attraction. But apparently the real life version of this ghost town isn’t open to the public and in Second Life we can simply marvel at the effort and patience it will have taken to bring this sim together into one cohesive experience and appreciate the detail and craftsmanship of all the items.