Why I never got into SL Voice

Enjoying the afternoon on Binemist
Enjoying the afternoon on Binemist

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.

  1. I am shy. I feel much more comfortable behind the keyboard writing to the people I communicate with
  2. I am private. I don’t necessarily like anyone out there to hear my voice
  3. 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
  4. 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)

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