Posted in General, Opinion, Second Life, tips

I am not a bowling pin

Another in my series of hints and tips for Second Life. This one is very short and simple.

Have you ever been in a crowded sim, say at a club or a music venue, and somebody TPs in and then, without waiting for anything to rezz, just bulldozes through everyone before (if you’re lucky) they say in open chat “sorry if I barged anyone”?

This can easily be avoided.

In the same way that a pilot can fly by instruments in poor visibility, so can you in a crowded sim and the trick is to use the mini-map.

The mini-map is available in all Viewers and is accessed with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+M, or via the World menu on the top bar. It presents you with a top-down radar-like view of those around you. You are always in the centre of the map and people around you are represented as dots.

Zoom the map in (using your mousewheel is the easiest way) so you can see a clear path around the dots and then navigate yourself such that you do not hit any dots – just like a simple computer game!

Congratulations. You have successfully navigated around people without barging them.

Let me know what you think!

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