One of my missions in virtual worlds is to learn more about others and their motivations for residing In-World. I was recently introduced to an intriguing and creative avatar named Trouble Morgan. Trouble was kind enough to spend time answering some of my interview questions, and now I would like to share her In-World experiences with you.
Welcome Trouble Morgan!
Trouble was introduced to virtual living in 2006 when she joined the Second Life community. At the time, she did not find Second Life interesting, but as the platform advanced, she became more and more active. By 2008, she was hooked. In Second Life, she enjoyed landscaping and hanging out with friends.
Trouble made the switch to InWroldz on July 23, 2013. The reason for her move to InWorldz was, “I had enough of bad service from linden lab (crashes, you name it) for too much money.” Also, she says she has seen things changing In SL in the community. Trouble stated, “I have seen SL changing in a place where making money is number one and it spoils creativity,. It’s also a place very oriented on virtual sex or dating.”
When asked which grid was her favorite, Ms. Morgan answered, “I like InWorldz most for its different social culture and different population. Lots of creativity here, who use the virtual environment like it is meant to be: a self made visualization of personal fantasies and sharing joy with others.”
Trouble does not have a “job” per se in InWorldz or in Second Life. But she does own a sim called Black Panther. In Black Panther one can enjoy a gypsy camp, a village for tinies, and you can also participate in gunboat battles and treasure hunts. She has places available for rent as well, so you can actually live there! So if you enjoy pirates and the great outdoors, check out the Black Panther sim in InWorldz.
Trouble is a teacher from Holland, and she owns a business in coaching pupils who need special care. She also has interests in virtual worlds, creating websites, writing, and communication. She is independent and a self made woman. When asked how her virtual life affects her RL (real life), Morgan told me that her relationships in-world do not differ greatly from her relationships in RL. She cares a lot about her friends and she is loyal to them. At the same time, however, she understands that people come and go in virtual worlds for many reasons, so she tries not to get too emotionally involved. She also does not allow her VL (virtual life) to interfere with her RL. Her point was clear when she said, “Virtual worlds are great, but can also be dangerous when people are emotionally not in balance, or if they see this as a substitute for things they miss in real life. It’s a relatively new phenomenon, this virtual social community, and I see lots of people suffering / struggling with their identity, and drowning into this world, ignoring things in RL. In IW, I meet people who are more open about their RL…and more genuine in behavior, and friendly and helpful.”
On a more lighthearted note, Trouble told me about a strange marriage she supposedly had in Second Life. Chuckling, she said, “I met a guy in SL called Henry Morgan (grins), who mad up a roleplay story about me on a pirate sim. He told the community members he married me while I was drunk, and I forgot the whole thing when waking up sober. This was a fun story, and we had a really good time in SL. We became great friends in roleplay and in real life. Finally he followed me to Inworldz. When asked if she was actually virtually married (yes it’s possible), she answered, “LOL, well, I don’t know if that really happened, for I was drunk when Henry married me, and he could have made the whole story up. But I’m still looking for witnesses. “
Lol! What a great story! According to Morgan, participating in roleplay brings her great joy and adventures, like being in her own movie where she is the director and decor builder. She claims it’s AMAZING!
If you would like to check out Trobule Morgan’s sim “Black Panther,” search for it in your map via your browser. There is a thriving community that keeps growing and developing for you to enjoy.
Thanks for your time and interest. I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s interview with Trouble Morgan.
If you would like to be interviewed, please contact Xandria Winterwolf in InWorldz or Second Life.
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