My understanding is the Wilderness sims are an incentive to get people to buy Premium memberships at a discount and a way for LL to show off some of the new building tools that will be available in the near term. So tonight with about an hour to spend I teleported to Tapir. I took a few photos and have a few observations to share. All of these photos are completely untouched to give you a clear sense of exactly what I saw. Please click on the photos for a larger view.
When I landed on the dock I noticed the sim around me loaded very very quickly, which I appreciated. I have been having a heck of a time running SL lately with slow rez times really being a problem. I have done some work on my computer and I also was running the new Firestorm viewer so I can't say if it was my tuned up rig, the new viewer or a well built sim that made all the difference. But, my first impression of the sim was "wow that loaded super quickly." I was off to a good start.
The "good stuff" and where I show off my Wackadoodle street cred is after the break
I began to wander around and cam all over and suddenly my view landed on something that surprised me.
I found some more pathetic looking animals who were completely static and I started to get sad. It began to be clear to me where the court of public opinion was going to come out on the Wilderness.
There are a few campsites that look like a great place to hang out and chat. There weren't a lot of people around but I could imagine it would be lovely for a group of friends to have a conversation here. There appear to be other spots to socialize, a fishing game and a cave to explore. There was some kind of race going on but I had to leave before I had a chance to figure out what was happening.
Just as I had to leave I ran across these folks. I happened to be wearing my Wackadoodle tag and grabbed this picture because it amused me to no end. What are those hairy animals? They look like tribbles with horns to me. I really have no idea and I did not dare ask Maestro Linden.
I don't know what to say about the Wilderness. I have many more questions than answers. Why is LL building sims in the first place? Isn't SL about user created content? If this place is supposed to show of the new build tools I am left wondering why the build isn't more dynamic and frankly better.
Sigh. I wanted to love the Wilderness. I really did.