I mentioned in the post directly below that my goal is to obtain a custom-made, photorealistic skin for my virtual world alter ego Cheri Horton, and I also explained some of my reasoning behind the move. What I failed to mention was the fact that I think the use of such skins - which, when done competently, should mimic your real-life appearance down to the pixel - may in fact be a wave of the future inside Second Life and other similar environments.
I haven’t bothered to dig up any real hard evidence backing that prognostication. It’s just a hunch of mine. The kicker is, I’ve only found one SL inhabitant so far who attests to having the ability to replicate people’s real-life appearances. I personally believe that if photorealism is indeed an emerging current in its (very) embryonic stage, it should be cultivated and supported - and that includes patronizing any in-world creators and merchants who deal in such products.
Like I said below: photorealism can serve to greatly enhance immersion. Isn’t that the Holy Grail of virtual world interaction? At the very least, it would in fact make for better cybernookie.