SL Voice… The Skype of Secondlife. Where we use our voices when we talk to each other. Some people love it, some even swear by it, others hate it, and some – like myself – just don’t use it. I have had dates who were so disappointed that they couldn’t get me on voice that they sort of didn’t return my calls…
I wonder why that is? Actually I know why that is. I am convinced that they thought that the human behind my avatar is a man. But that is not the reason I don’t do voice. There are several reasons why I don’t do voice.
- I am shy. I feel much more comfortable behind the keyboard writing to the people I communicate with
- I am private. I don’t necessarily like anyone out there to hear my voice
- I am a control freak. I like to know what goes out there. When I type I can sit for a moment and think before I answer
- My last point is probably the main reason: I don’t like to share my conversations with the room that I am in. That is also the reason I don’t like talking on cell phones or normal phones. I just don’t like phones, and not because I don’t want to talk to anyone out there, but because I don’t want to share that conversation with whom ever I am in the room with
But something happened. I made another little machinima, and I noticed in my film making software that there was a button for recording voice. I was home alone, and I thought: Oh well, why the heck not, and I found an old headset with a microphone, and I went completely bonkers. Spoke over all of the machinima.
I showed it to a friend, and he was very nice. But the bottom line was: “If you don’t have anything to say, stop talking!” So I cut the voice-over down to a minimum. I still wanted it in there – if nothing else but to prove to those silly dates that the human behind this avatar is in fact a woman!
And then for the fun of it, I tried out SL Voice, and I couldn’t get it to work LOOOOOL. I got Bine to move her lips, but no words went into SL – at least no words ended up on the recording, so the words in the test are spoken into the film editing program. I just want to include it here, because I think it looks funny. I know it’s cheating.
Hair: Analog Dog Hair – just sayin’ – black/ sea (unicorn) – from the Arcade September 2013
Eyes: Mayfly – Deep Sky Eyes (Green Tourmaline Shadow, w3)
Skin: Glam Affair – Lilith – America 05
Tattoos: +Half-Deer+ Music Heart Tattoo
Outfit: *COCO* Gift Overall & Sweater
Boots: Low Rider Boot from Bobbysocks Leather (OOOOOOOOOOOOOLD Scripted Prim Boats, but I still love them)