Manchester to be rebuilt…

…in Second Life. The Manchester Evening News reports:

MANCHESTER is set to open a virtual version of itself in the internet simulation game Second Life…

The aim is to promote the Manchester `brand’ and raise awareness of the city in the real world.

The move to create a cyber-Manchester is a collaboration between the Urbis museum, Manchester’s Digital Development Agency (DDA) and consultants Clicks and Links.

Subscribers to the Second Life community will be able to meet and chat with real-life Mancunians online and visit exhibitions and events.

Dave Carter, head of DDA, said: “Second Life has succeeded in creating a virtual community of more than two million people.

“By creating a Manchester presence, we will be opening doors to this vast community – and having conversations with a huge range of people that will help shape and advance the city’s digital development.”

Apparently four islands have been bought in Second Life. That’s quite a significant investment, if the guidance is anything to go by:

Islands are priced at US$1,675 for 65,536 square meters (about 16 acres). Monthly land fees for maintenance are US$295.

Interesting…

I’m still a Second Life sceptic, I have to say. Once you are past the initial ‘wow’ factor, that any of this stuff is possible at all, I’m not sure what you’re left with.

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