This weekend i will be meeting with Kris somehow and giving the go ahead for the Upgrading of Goony to the new Full SIM. No longer will the island be known as Goony, but a name that best describes what i feel many of my friends come to SL for. Some people have spoken out at how the upgrade seems purely profit motivated feeling that the high prices of rent is just to fill my pockets. There is a bigger picture than just making a profit from rentals that i feel im not getting that across to everyone.
So what will there be?
• A brand new Bigger Island
• Puzzle Quests to explore with friends (Follow clues to find objects that lead to other clues and uncover parts of stories.)
• A Social Website to join (hopefully integrated into SL via Shared Media)
• New Shop Store Inworld & Market Place(which will allow residents to submit to without the need for shop space)
• Adventure Guild (other adventure SIMS that collaborate with goony island)
• Themed Sandbox
• Activities (goony got talent, parties, contests, social gatherings, Tutorials)
• a NOOB point
• Plots to rent as your own place
And thats not including what the Pro Plotters are plotting :)
So whats the bigger picture?
The SL Goonies is a group of adventurous people who crave fun adventures. The New island wants to give that group and other groups a place to have those kind of adventures but not only that, it will strive to give those groups the ability to interact and socialise, because sharing the adventures is very important. Linden Lab are starting to provide Pro Residents the tools needed to create truly engaging interactive and social experiences.
Second Life has been a huge help for me in becoming more confident, creative and understanding about myself and others. It has helped me open up to the world. Socialising through an avatar with people from around the globe with many different social backgrounds expands your views in a way Psychologist are only now starting to write papers on. If it's possible that socialising with the groups on the new island helps others understand themselves for the better, then i believe a project like this is really worth striving for no matter how much hardwork it is.