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SL Communication Basics

Communication between avatars in SL takes the form of a near real-time exchange of typed text.You do not audibly hear what someone types. When someone “says” something, that person is typing it into a chat window. When someone “hears” something, he is seeing the typed text in his own chat window.While these are the facts, you will quickly discover the immersive qualities of SL lead you to use terms such as saying and hearing versus typing and seeing. So, that’s what I do in this chapter.

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As of this writing, an upgrade is planned that supports voice (that is, if you talk into a microphone plugged into your computer, others will hear what you say if their avatars are nearby). This will be a major cultural change in SL and is already sparking much debate about the pros and cons, with avatars lined up on both sides of the aisle.



  

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