How to Play Second Life

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Second Life is a virtual 3-D online role-playing game. You can create your own character to do an array of things. Discovering new areas and meeting new people are just some of many things to explore while you play this online adventure.

  • Check your computer for the right requirements to play Second Life. Requirements include a cable or DSL connection, Windows 2000, XP or Vista operating system and 512 MB of memory. Look at the Second Life support website for video card, Mac and Linux operating system requirements (see Resources).

  • Make a free user account on the Second Life website and click "Join" on the front page. Pick a name to use in Second Life and fill in the form. Read the community news, join groups of interest and read blog posts.

  • Download Second Life on the Second Life website and download the updates to play on a PC or laptop. Sign in to Second Life with the user name and password you created in step 2. Click to have the Second Life website remember your user name when you sign in.

  • Create your avatar's gender, sex, hairstyle, body type, skin color, height and weight on the initial screen in Second Life. Play through the tutorial for new residents of Second Life to learn about environments and to meet new people.

  • Explore Second Life freebie areas for clothes, shoes, body types, hair, customs or new avatars. Use specific keywords to find various types of items in Second Life's search function. Read information explaining Linden dollars, real money and ways to acquire things in Second Life.

  • Take classes of interest to improve skills for Second Life game play. Make sure to have your class supplies ready for class and be on time. Use your class notes to learn Second Life.

  • Look for activities of interest and attend events. Find groups though the search function and join them. Make your own group with the group function and invite residents to join.

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