I sorta miss the part where it becomes a game. To me, its more a very advanced chatroom with a whole heap of useless visualization.
You must have gotten real bored with it then. To me, that describes Lively
and New Lively
more than SL
. Chatting can be a part of it, it's more like an MMOG without any real objectives. I think the key to sticking with SL is finding things in addition to chatting
to keep one coming back. Lots of folk get into the role playing
aspect, others develop relationships there and others do things like run businesses, educational projects and research, make machinima or even (like I do) web comics with it. Others become griefers and their game is to upset the other users.
I first got into streamed music via SL. Dancing at a club (i.e. having your avatar wriggle about repetitively while they stream music in the background) when I wondered where the music came from.
Mind you, some of the role playing can get out of hand. There's several vampire RP systems there but some just bite you first and ask if you want to play afterwards. Very annoying, because if I did want to play, I'd be a slayer like Faith
(from Buffy) rather than a vamp.