The following is simply an opinion post based on about 45 minutes today. This does not reflect the opinions of anyone else but me. But should you have an opinion on the topic, feel free to comment.
Last night during the whole "OMG SL IS DOWN!" time, someone mentioned InWorldz. What is InWorldz? It's basically an SL knockoff. If you ever wondered what SL was back in the day - the day being about 2005-2006, well, give it a try.
I couldn't get in last night, so I thought I'd give it another try today. I finally got in and almost cried. I was SO UGLY. My friend Misty was there, so at least I wasn't greeted by nothing. But - UGLY!! Pat, one of the InWorldz mentors, ushered me over to the freebies area, where we promptly sunk into the megaprim floor because apparently no one knows that megaprims are usually phantom & maybe someone should just - I dunno - uncheck the phantom box.
EDIT: Having been back in tonight, which I will discuss tomorrow, it's not what I thought it was. The physics are completely messed up. Even something simple like sitting on a prim is ridiculous and broken.
Yeah, that's me, with the system hair, linebacker shoulders, and huge feet...well, if you could SEE my feet. Which, you know, you can't since we're sunk into the floor.
My first course of action was to get pretty again. Well, as pretty as I could without the help of my gorgeous Belleza skins and my amazing Truth hair and all my beautiful clothes and shoes from SL designers. I told Pat that I'm pretty in SL. He said they'd get me prettier in InWorldz.
At least, not with what was available on the walls. Of course, when I tried to buy something, I crashed. Misty told me to use Rainbow to log in again, and so I did, and it was a little better.
I had to hop up on a stand to try to fix myself, because trying to just fix up like I would do in SL had me floating across the floor. Insane.
Flipping back and forth from SL, where my alt was wearing my shape [and probably laughing at my misfortune], I plugged in the numbers for my shape. At the freebies store, there was a box full of Eloh and Sezmra modded skins. I already know none of Eloh's skins have ever ever looked good on me, but luckily the Sezmra skins are not TOO horrible on my shape.
Now I know what you're saying. I could have just fixed up an entirely new shape to fit a skin. But I LOVE my avatar in SL. It's me. I've worked on it for 2 and a half years. It's mine. If I was going to be in this new place, I wanted to be ME.
I picked the one semi-decent blonde hair off the wall [ugh] and tried to find some clothes that weren't going to make me cry. There were no decent shoes, so barefoot was going to have to do.
After I managed to get at least passable, I attempted to go outside to the "bar" where a few people were hanging out. It took a few minutes to get there. The lag was horrible. I heard that it's not normally that bad. But if it was THAT bad with only 20 or so people online? Umm, yeah. I did the rubber band walk [I was snapping back every few steps] and did manage to make it to where people were.
No one talked to me.
There was another mentor there, plus the "founder" of InWorldz, and a few others. But no one said anything to me. I saw a map and tried to make my way to it, but I started walking off into nothing, then crashed. I didn't go back in.
I might - MIGHT - try it again, if I get some of my buddies to go in with me, or if I'm super bored. But as I told Pat, SL is my home. You might visit other places in life, but nothing beats going home.